Nightrain (4:28)

Cover of Appetite for Destruction

From Appetite for Destruction and 6 other releases

“Nightrain” is a song written by the American rock band Guns N’ Roses in the mid 1980s. It is the third song on the band’s 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction.

Although it was released as a single, the song was not included in their best-of album. It reached #93 on the US Billboard charts.

The song is a tribute to an infamous brand of cheap Californian wine, Night Train Express, which was extremely popular with the band during their early days because of its low price and high alcohol content. The song was ranked eighth on Guitar World’s list of the “Top 10 Drinking Songs.”

Slash describes Nightrain as “an anthem that we came up with on the spot”. The original idea for the song came when Slash and Izzy Stradlin wrote the main riff while they were sitting on the floor of the band’s practice room. The next day, Slash was ill so Stradlin finished writing the music with Duff McKagan; however they did not write any lyrics. Also Duff McKagan played a Gibson Thunderbird Bass on this song only; on all of the other songs for Appetite for Destruction he played a Fender Precision Bass. The song remained incomplete until one night when the band was walking down Palm Avenue sharing a bottle of Night Train. Someone yelled ‘I’m on the night train!’ and the whole band joined in, with Axl Rose improvising the lines in between: “Bottoms up!” “Fill my cup!” etc. “Nightrain” was born. After this initial inspiration, the band finished the song within a day.


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  • Mii85

    Loaded like a freight train, flyin' like an aeroplane, feelin' like a space brain, one more time tonight! I'M ON THE NIGHTRAIN!

    23 Feb 9:59am Reply
  • Vlad_Butterfly


    19 Jan 5:31pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • rodofdez

    This song may be about Night Train Express wine, but it sounds to me like a follow up to Grateful Dead's "Casey Jones". LOL

    29 Jun 2014 Reply
  • micky67

    The best song ever about being on a train at night. I hate it when you miss your stop.. And then those conducters!!!

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • PeterWalton

    Brilliant. Just like every other song on this album. One of the best albums of all time in my opinion.

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
  • frenzicatlast

    An I can tell you honey You can make my money tonight

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    this song is a masterpiece.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Throsh

    Just 100% pure fuckin' rock and roll.

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sstrosser1

    Track this of enough get never can I [12]

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • starktargaryen


    11 May 2013 Reply
  • BrunoFurino

    one of those raw ones from appetite, along with, its so easy, out to get me, brownstone, michelle, think about you, youre crazy, anything goes, and rocket queen [2]

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • gabistoner


    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Limberneck

    Even as an elitist who has outgrown GnR decades ago I still have no issues with Izzy, but Slash really blows chunks. Also, the difference between Bumblefoot and Buckethead is that Bumblefoot is a musician while Buckethead is a gimmick and a pretty lousy one at that.

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • gdcman

    I love Slash GnR (got me a GnR Slash pick too), but comparing him to Randy was absurd. I saw GnR underline Ted Nugent and Black n Blue at the Santa Monica Civic before Appetite came out and have seen them numerous times since.

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Pawa17

    I can never get enough of this track. [10]

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • mrevilfromhell

    I can never get enough of this track. [9]

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • LydiaHudson

    I SMOKE MY CIGARETTE WITH STYLE. I can never get enough of this track. [8]

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    C'mon GDC I fucking love ChiDem and think bumble/bucket are amazing but ya can't fault Slash's GNR work especially this beast. LOOKOUT WELL I'M A WEST COAST STRUTTIN'

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Estranged_Ann

    I can never get enough of this track. [7]

    31 May 2012 Reply
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