GUNS N' ROSES' classic Appetite For Destruction debut has been named the greatest rock release of all time in a poll compiled by HMV and British magazines Metal Hammer and Classic Rock.
GN'R's Appetite… album caused outrage when released in 1987 with its strong language making it among the first to carry warnings about explicit lyrics. The original cover design which featured a woman who appeared to have been raped by a robot was barred by many record chains. It was eventually withdrawn and given a new sleeve.
Mark Steadman, HMV's rock & metal specialist said: "There can be little argument with Appetite… at number one. GUNS N' ROSES kick-started the whole genre in the late-Eighties by making rock n' roll unruly and cool again."
"The Gunners brought together old and new metal fans along with disillusioned indie and rock kids to bring the music back to the top again. Since then there has been little looking back."
SYSTEM OF A DOWN are the highest contemporary act with their Toxicity album landing at number three. Nearly half the 100 were recorded in the Nineties, while just two from the sixties are included — JIMI HENDRIX's Electric Ladyland (95) and LED ZEPPELIN's debut album (70).
The top ten of the HMV, Metal Hammer and Classic Rock Poll:
01. GUNS N' ROSES - Appetite For Destruction
02. LED ZEPPELIN - IV
03. SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Toxicity
04. METALLICA - Master of Puppets
05. NIRVANA - Nevermind
06. AC/DC - Back In Black
07. SLAYER - Reign In Blood
08. LED ZEPPELIN - Physical Graffiti
09. BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid
10. KORN - Korn