A nearly seven-minute-long rocker, "Paradise City" became the third straight Top Ten single from Guns N' Roses' debut album, Appetite for Destruction, at the beginning of 1989. While the late '80s were a golden age for hard rock and heavy metal on the pop charts, the success of "Paradise City" is still a testament to how hugely popular Guns N' Roses were; its uncommercial length (even in an edited version), the rawness of its production and performance, and the simple fact that it wasn't a sentimental power ballad all would have conspired against any other band. But at this point in time, Guns N' Roses were unstoppable. In spite of its length, "Paradise City" didn't feel meandering or excessive, which speaks to the band's compositional tightness and their strengths as an instrumental unit. In particular, Slash shines as a soloist, getting several short features over the course of the tune. There were two main sections: an anthemic chorus -- built on a clean-toned arpeggio figure and a single-note solo melody -- and a fast, grinding verse riff over which Axl Rose spat out nightmarish rants yearning for escape from American urban decay. Toward the end, the band moved into a furious double-time variation on the verse riff, which went on for an extended period of time while Rose squealed lines from the chorus. It was melodic, gritty, and yet another classic hard rock single from a band who could do no wrong (at least, not at the time).