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Artist Name: GUNS 誰 ROSES
Song Author: Axl Rose
Year Recorded: 1990
November Rain

Single by Guns N' Roses
from the album Use Your Illusion I
A-side "November Rain" (LP version)
B-side "Sweet Child o' Mine" (LP version)
Released February 18, 1992 (UK)
June 2, 1992 (US)
Format CD, 7", 12"
Recorded A&M Studios, Record Plant Studios,
Studio 56,
Image Recording, Conway Studios & Metalworks Recording Studios 19901991
Genre Hard rock, symphonic rock, heavy metal
Length 8:57 (Use Your Illusion I)
9:45 (Demo version)
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Axl Rose
Producer Mike Clink, Guns N' Roses

"November Rain" is a power ballad by American rock band Guns N' Roses, written by lead singer Axl Rose and released as a single in June 1992. It appears on the album Use Your Illusion I. It features a sweeping orchestral backing and is one of Guns N' Roses' longest songs.

"November Rain" peaked at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song is composed in the key of C major aside from the coda, which is in C minor, but since the guitars, basses and piano are tuned a half step down, the song sounds as if it's in B major and B minor.

At 8:57, it is the second-longest song on the album, the longest being the 10:16 "Coma." It is the third-longest song by Guns N' Roses followed by the 9:24 "Estranged" from Use Your Illusion II.

Its distinct symphonic overtone owes to a sweeping string arrangement, orchestrated by Rose.:318 Most live performances during the Use Your Illusion tour lacked the orchestral backing of the song (the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards being the best-known exception).

It is the longest song to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The song peaked at #3 on the chart, becoming the band's sixth and last Top 10 hit, and eighth Top 40 hit.

On the radio, "November Rain" is sometimes played in a shortened version of approximately six minutes, but many classic rock stations continue to play the full version. At around seven minutes in, the song fades and then builds into a two-minute coda featuring lead guitar by lead guitarist Slash, accompanied by vocal chants.

This song is listed at number six in the The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos list by Guitar World. This song is also rated #9 in the Richter Scale best songs of all time. "November Rain" was voted #1 on the Rock 1000 2006, an annual countdown of the top 1,000 rock songs by New Zealand radio listeners.

It was voted #2 on the Rock 1000 2007, being beaten out by "Back in Black" by AC/DC. The song was placed at #140 on Pitchfork Media's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.

"November Rain" is referenced twice in the chorus of the song "On the Radio" by Regina Spektor: "On the radio/We heard November Rain/The solo's real long/But it's a pretty song" and "And on the radio/You hear November Rain/That solo's awful long/But it's a good refrain"
On the TV show How I Met Your Mother, in the season two episode "Something Borrowed", Lily Aldrin's ex boyfriend tries to win her back by quoting "November Rain".
In an episode of The Suite Life On Deck, Zack and Woody sing a parody of this song in an airband contest.
In an episode of 31 minutos, a puppet version of the video is shown, a puppet slash also appears.
From 1994 to 2000, Extreme Championship Wrestling used "November Rain" with ECW clips to hype their signature event, November to Remember.