Guns N' Roses debut album Appetite for Destruction zoomed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, primarily because of the hit Sweet Child o' Mine, their only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 The album has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide including 18 million units sold in the United States, making it the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. at that time.

The band released six studio albums, accumulating sales of more than 100 million records worldwide, including shipments of 45 million in the United States Making them one of the worlds best selling bands of all time.