Chinese Democracy

Release date
23 Feb 2010
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Chinese Democracy 4:43 231,133
2 Shackler's Revenge 3:37 139,965
3 Better 4:57 186,028
4 Street of Dreams 4:47 130,174
5 If the World 4:54 124,838
6 There Was a Time 6:41 128,587
7 Catcher in the Rye 5:53 121,883
8 Scraped 3:30 100,375
9 Riad n' the Bedouins 4:10 103,693
10 Sorry 6:15 99,356
11 I.R.S. 4:28 113,957
12 Madagascar 5:38 120,007
13 This I Love 5:35 135,045
14 Prostitute 6:16 89,076

About this album

Chinese Democracy is the sixth studio album by American rock band Guns N’ Roses. It was released on November 23, 2008, worldwide and in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2008. It is the band’s first studio album since 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident?”, and their first album of original studio material since the simultaneous release of Use Your Illusion I and II in September 1991. Retail store chain Best Buy is the exclusive retailer of the album in the United States.

In a 2007 interview, Axl Rose’s close friend Sebastian Bach stated that Chinese Democracy will be the first installment in a trilogy of new albums. Bach also remarked that Rose had told him the third, as yet untitled, album has been slated for 2012.


Guns N’ Roses began to write and record new music in 1994. Ex-bassist Duff McKagan is quoted as saying, ” band was so splintered at that point that nothing got started”. Slash has criticized Rose for making the band seem “like a dictatorship”. Slash quit the band in 1996; drummer Matt Sorum and McKagan left soon afterwards. Slash was replaced by Nine Inch Nails touring guitarist Robin Finck, ex-Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson replaced McKagan, and Josh Freese joined as the drummer. In early 1998, the band — which comprised Rose, Finck, Stinson and Freese along with long-time Guns N’ Roses associate Paul Tobias, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman — began recording at Rumbo Recorders, a state-of-the-art studio in the San Fernando Valley where Guns N’ Roses had partially recorded parts for their debut album, Appetite for Destruction.

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  • DavCnuk

    I'm also surprised how many positive shouts is here. That's nice for G N' R, I'm not a fan, although it's not that bad album.

    25 Jul 3:22pm Reply
  • ismaGNR

    You all must be joking...

    14 Jul 1:51pm Reply
  • Mii85

    Masterpiece. Was worth the wait no matter what anyone says!

    23 Feb 12:26pm Reply
  • LizzSeed


    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GackTMN

    The "but muh slash" critics need to go back to the playground and get a diaper change.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • yen4th

    their best album for sure

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • A7X101

    "There Was a Time" is easily one of the best G N' R songs ever made, the last half especially is just rock perfection...

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    Not too bad. Some of the songs are throw-away tracks, but Better really stands out

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    such a good record.

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Ivartist

    Underrated as fuck, I really couldn´t see why any Gn´R fan would hate this album...

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • makushka1


    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • archirulit

    great album =)

    13 Feb 2014 Reply
  • GackTMN

    One of the best rock albums of the past decade, Slash fanboys be damned. The songwriting on here is the best in the band's discography.

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Arellium

    Possibly one of the greatest albums ever released.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    I remember I was a bit obsessed with this when it first came out. Five years later, I rediscover it, and I must say that now, without the surprise factor, it's still an impressive record. You could say that Axl still has it, that songwriting talent, but slightly different. I don't want to sound "blasphemous" or like a troll, but I enjoy this better than Appetite for Destruction. Althought it's still a great album.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • malumodestos

    Chinese Democracy is a masterpiece of rock !!!!

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • noprayer4simon

    probably the most underestimated album ever

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Estranged_Ann

    Masterpiece. God bless you, Axl.

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • GabozoMcKagan

    It's a great album!

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Predelnik

    At first I thought so many boring songs, now there are less than half boring songs for me and maybe some I just still don't get entirely need to read lyrics or something. Anyway this album worth a shit but Axl should have made 5 albums like this already in time given.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
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