"Sweet Child O' Mine" had to make the list. Yep, it's overplayed but the tune had its place. It was the song played on summer road trips with the gang en route to PEI for a weekend of teenage mayhem.
On said road trips I’d always get outvoted (new wave anyone? ... anyone? ... Bueller?), then subjected to a tortuous, endless loop of Def Leppard, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses.
Not only did I learn to tolerate the tune, I actually liked it for what it was: a great riff and a bonding moment with the guys.
Thanks to osmosis, the lyrics are forever etched in some remote netherland in the back of my mind along with state capitals and the times tables.
Catch me in the right frame of mind after a couple and I'll caterwaul the "Where do we go now" bridge and toss in a bonus chorus for good measure. During a full moon of course.