Top 10 Slash Songs

Slash Songs

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Our top 10 Slash songs list presents the music from the solo projects of one of the most revered lead guitarists in the rock and roll scene. Born in 1965, Slash distinguished himself with his fine soulful guitar solos. His stage appearance is as great as his adroitness on the guitars, often showing up in his signature top hat. Slash gained fame as a member of the successful hard rock outfit Guns N’ Roses.

His membership in Guns N’ Roses followed the departure of lead original guitarist Tracii Guns, who is affiliated with the success of other ensembles including L.A. Guns, Contraband, and Brides of Destruction. Unfortunately, Slash ended his membership with Guns N’ Roses following personal and creative differences with some of its members.

Another great moment for Slash was in 2002 when he co-founded the hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver with former Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland. The duo would be joined shortly after by former Wasted Youth rhythm guitarist Dave Kushner and Slash’s peers from his then-former band Guns N’ Roses, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum.

Despite releasing only two studio albums, Velvet Revolver was a successful act, earning one Grammy Award from three nominations. Velvet Revolver was also a commercially successful act, selling over three million album copies worldwide. While Slash might have returned to his former band Guns N’ Roses, his solo pursuits still echo loud in the ears of his fans adding charm to his impactful music career.

Slash’s Solo Career Beginnings and Album Releases

In 2010, Slash issued his eponymous debut studio album. Joining him in the instrumentation were bassist Chris Chaney, drummer Josh Freese, and percussionist Lenny Castro. Some of the featured vocalists on this album include Ian Astbury of The Cult, Fergie, former Audioslave and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, former Motorhead singer Lemmy, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Iggy Pop, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Slash was a mainstream success, topping the Austrian, Canadian, and New Zealand Albums Charts. The album reached the third spot on the Billboard 200, rising to number seventeen on the UK Albums Chart. “Beautiful Dangerous,” “Ghost,” “Back from Cali,” “By the Sword,” “Gotten,” and “Starlight” are some of the best Slash songs from this album. Slash was also a commercial success earning platinum certification in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The album also achieved gold certification in the UK, selling over a hundred and sixty thousand copies in the US.

Apocalyptic Love, issued in 2012, marked Slash’s sophomore studio album. In this album, we saw Slash collaborate with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators as his backing band. Myles Kennedy, a member of Alter Bridge, took on the vocals with Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns taking on the drums and bass respectively. Under the production of Eric Valentine (known for his work with Taking Back Sunday, Good Charlotte, and Third Eye Blind), Apocalyptic Love managed to achieve mainstream success.

The album topped the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, rising to the fourth spot on the Billboard 200. Apocalyptic Love also made it to the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number twelve. “Anastacia,” “You’re a Lie,” “Bad Rain,” “Standing in the Sun,” and “No More Heroes” are some of the best Slash songs from Apocalyptic Love. The album was silver certified in the UK selling over a hundred thousand copies in the US.

World on Fire, issued in 2014, marked Slash’s third studio album (his second with his backup band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators). This hard rock/heavy metal album was produced by Michael Baskett, who is known for his prodigious work with Sevendust, Chevelle, Clint Lowery, and Alter BridgeWorld on Fire peaked atop the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, making it to the tenth spot on the Billboard 200. The album also made it to the seventh spot on the UK Albums Chart. “World on Fire,” “Bent to Fly,” “Wicked Stone,” “30 Years of Life,” and “Shadow Life” are the most prodigious cuts off World on Fire.

In 2018, Slash issued his fourth solo studio album Living the Dream featuring his backing band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Living the Dream was more of a hard rock album with Slash going easy on his heavy metal influences. The album was fairly successful in the mainstream rising atop the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart. Living the Dream also made it to the Billboard 200, peaking at number twenty-seven. The album settled for the fourth spot on the UK Albums Chart. “Driving Rain,” “Mind Your Manners,” “Boulevard of Broken Hearts,” and “My Antidote” are the best Slash songs from the album.

4, issued in February 2022, marked Slash’s fifth solo studio album (his fourth with his backup band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators). The album was produced by Dave Cobb who is best known for his work with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, John Prine, and Brandi Carlile. “Fill My World,” “April Fool,” “Call Off the Dogs,” and “The River is Rising” are the best Slash songs from the album.

Slash’s Other Musical Pursuits

After his first stint with Guns N’ Roses, Slash formed the band Slash’s Snakepit. Slash’s Snakepit featured a massive contribution by other members (initial lineup) including bassist Mike Inez of Alice in Chains, former Jellyfish member Eric Dover, and his peers from Guns N’ Roses, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke.

With quite a number of prominent names in the band’s lineup, not forgetting their individual contribution, Slash’s Snakepit went on to land some success in the US mainstream. Slash’s Snakepit issued two studio albums including It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere and Ain’t Life Grand disbanding officially in 2002.

Slash’s Accolades and Legacy

Over the years, Slash has proved to be one of the most consistent guitar players in the hard rock/heavy metal scene. In 2007, the guitarist earned a star on the Rock Walk of Fame with his title placed alongside other reputable guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eddie Van Halen. Five years later, Slash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his immense and remarkable role as a member of Guns N’ Roses. Slash won a Grammy Award as a member of Velvet Revolver in 2005 thanks to the hit “Slither,” which impressed in the Best Hard Rock Performance category. Here we present the all-time best Slash songs from his solo projects.

#10 – The River is Rising

Ushering us to the top 10 Slash songs list is the rip-roaring hit “The River is Rising.” The song serves as the lead track to Slash’s most recent studio album, 4. “The River is Rising” has its lyrics allude to how the masses get hoodwinked by those who hold positions of power in society. Vocalist Myles Kennedy went on to reveal that the song sought to explore how the human race gets indoctrinated/brainwashed through lies and schemes of influential people in society, something that threatens their existence.

“The River is Rising” was penned by vocalist Myles Kennedy following inspiration from a TV documentary that highlighted much about cults of personality. The documentary only got Myles pondering about the extent to which human beings are malleable. An amazing fact about this song is that it was recorded at a time Myles was suffering from Covid-19. In an interview, the vocalist revealed that the heaviness in his vocals emanated from the congestion he had due Covid symptoms. Despite the imperfections, “The River is Rising” turned out to be a killer guitar-driven jam! The song managed to rise to the eighth spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.

#9 – Ghost

Slash was quite an impressive record and the amount of talent called up to make Slash’s debut solo album is just insane. Of course, we saw hits like “Gotten” from the album, albeit more of a bluesy ballad, receive quite some mainstream appeal. However, remaining true to Slash’s heavy metal/hard rock influences finds us picking up “Ghost,” a song that saw Slash feature The Cult English-born singer Ian Astbury for the vocals.

“Ghost” was a pure nod to heavy metal with Slash reuniting with Izzy Stradlin on the guitars. The two deliver quite an amazing and recognizable dual guitar sound evocative of their stint with Guns N’ Roses. “Ghost” serves as the opening track to Slash.

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#8 – Beggars & Hangers-On

The eighth spot on our ten best Slash songs from his solo projects is the electrifying hit “Beggars & Hangers-On.” “Beggars & Hangers-On” is among the top musical gems off the 1995 album It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere by Slash’s Snakepit. The song had its lyrics penned by Eric Dover and Slash with its lyrics problems that ail Los Angeles, specifically drug abuse.

“Beggars & Hangers-On” brings the best out of Eric Dover’s vocals showcasing Slash’s endured impressive guitar skills. Unfortunately, this is the only song from Slash’s Snakepit that we feature on the list with Slash having made a huge catalog of impressive rocker in his solo career.

#7 – Back from Cali ft. Myles Kennedy

You’ve got to trust your instincts even if you are going to do something by the seat of your pants like Slash revealed about his song “Back from Cali.” “Back from Cali” is the second song on Slash to feature Myles Kennedy with the Alter Bridge vocalist first appearing on the hit “Starlight,” a song that convinced Slash of making Myles Kennedy his go-to vocalist for the rest of his solo pursuits after Slash.

Amazing guitar riffs invite us to this hard rock/heavy metal hit. Blended with Myles’ incredible vocals, “Back from Cali” was a song destined for success despite being the last song recorded for Slash’s debut studio album. According to Slash, “Back from Cali” is kind of a slow yet heavy AC/DC-esque hit with just an impressive vocal delivery. His thoughts about the song can’t be any less true for hard rockers! The song rose into the mainstream peaking at number twenty-four on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.

#6- Crucify the Dead ft. Ozzy Osbourne

Number six on our ten best Slash songs list is the alluring hit “Crucify the Dead.” The song is one of the brightest tracks off Slash’s eponymous debut studio album. It is almost inconceivable how Slash managed to gang up loads of amazing vocalists to his record Slash. But then remembering that he is one of the best guitarists the heavy metal/hard rock had ever seen, this becomes less of a surprise!

“Crucify the Dead” finds Ozzy Osbourne putting together poignant lyrics that many mistaken to have been shot at Slash’s former band member at Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose. Slash revealed that the song represented Ozzy’s situations with other musicians but admitted that some of the lines were a little suggestive of his past experiences too. In a twist of events, Ozzy Osbourne revealed the lyrics to this song are exactly what he would say to Axl Rose if he was Slash! Quite a twist of events with the song’s meaning but hi, nothing subverts the fact this song was a massive rocker where two rock and roll legends meet!

Despite not being as huge as some of the songs on Slash, “Crucify the Dead” remains emblematic of Slash’s excellence on the guitars and an astounding footing as a solo artist. In fact, Slash revealed that “Crucify the Dead” was poised to become the first single off his eponymous debut studio album. However, this never happened just to avoid interfering with the release of Ozzy Osbourne’s eleventh solo studio album Scream, which was issued on June 2010.

#5- Bent to Fly

World on Fire, Slash’s 2014 album, is home to “Bent to Fly,” the fifth pick on our ten best Slash songs list. There’s no doubt that Slash and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have over the years proved to be a formidable unit. “Bent to Fly” is just another record that comes to solidify Slash’s musicianship while bringing out the unadulterated viciousness of Myles Kennedy on the vocals.

The song features magical guitar riffs that showcases Slash’s endured brilliance throughout the diverse musical incarnations he has been in over the years. “Bent to Fly” rose to the third spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.

#4- You’re a Lie

“You’re a Lie” is Slash’s first single off his sophomore studio album Apocalyptic Love. The song has its lyrics alluding to a story of betrayal. However, vocalist Myles Kennedy revealed that the song is more to that with his interpretation alluding to the voice in his mind that pushes him to doubt his abilities.

“You’re a Lie,” therefore, serves as a perfect anthem to killing that inner self-doubt and an ode to regaining self-confidence. The song was a mainstream success topping the Canadian Rock Chart and the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart. “You’re a Lie” also made it to number eighty on the Canadian Hot 100.

#3- Beautiful Dangerous ft. Fergie

Former Black Eyed Peas member Fergie is nothing more than a pop star to many music fans. However, to Slash, Fergie is more than a pop songstress, a feeling he had ever since he heard her sing live some years before he invited her to record the hit “Beautiful Dangerous.” Many presumed that her presence on Slash would infiltrate Slash’s heavy metal/hard rock influences. To everyone’s dismay, Fergie pulled a huge surprise with her impressive rock chops on “Beautiful Dangerous.”

Her tremendous vocal range left many wishing to ever see a rock album from Fergie! Slash continues to impress us with awe-inspiring riffs on this song! “Beautiful Dangerous” was a mainstream success, peaking at number eleven on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Songs Chart. The song also made it to the fifty-eighth spot on the Canadian Hot 100 Chart.

#2- World on Fire

Album title tracks are meant to be great songs, emblematic of the record’s key takeaway points! Slash understood the assignment when he issued the album title track of his third studio album. “World on Fire” is an up-tempo aggressive yet fun-to-listen song that proves to be a great kick-off record. Lead vocalist Myles revealed the meaning of this sensual hit citing it to be about seizing the day.

He cited it to be an ode to living life with few or no regrets at all! On the other hand, Slash cited this song to be an anthem to getting a tad bit crazy and pulling out all the “Stop” signs towards living whatever life one wishes to pursue. “World on Fire” topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs Chart, rising to the forty-third spot on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs Chart.

#1- Anastacia

Number one on our ten best Slash songs list is the outstanding hit “Anastacia.” The song is the most revered song from Slash’s album Apocalyptic Love. “Anastacia” is one of those guitar-focused/guitar-oriented tracks with Slash giving his all on this record. The guitar solos on this record are just astoundingly infectious, bringing out Slash’s signature style of heavy riffs.

“Anastacia” is a perfect embodiment of Slash’s vintage self with his guitar performance evocative of songs he contributed to earlier like “Slither” by Guns N’ Roses. You also ought to love Myles Kennedy’s vocal adroitness, thanks to his rip-roaring performance on this song. “Anastacia” made it to the sixth spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, proving to be a mainstream success. The song also impressed on the Canadian Rock Chart, peaking at number twenty-five.

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