I think Appetite for Destruction exceeds anything the Stones/Aerosmith have done as a whole as far as Rock goes. Stones/Aerosmith etc. are great, but listen to the entire AFD album sometime, and it makes you want to be a freak'in RockStar! Its timeless. The album bleeds energy, rebellion and is simply hell on wheels. Aersosmith/Stones is actually more commerical to me where GnR did some stuff that was just ridiculously anti commercial. That is what made them so great. Aerosmith is probably the most derivative band in the history of rock. Mick Jagger never had a good voice, but his shaping of musical lines, his diction, and a truly electrifying stage presence more than made up for what his voice lacked in power and range (and since rock is amplified, neither power nor range really matter anyway). Tyler, at his best, manages a hackneyed impression of Jagger's (already rather) mannered style and reminds me of an average Joe six drinks deep at a karaoke bar rather than an actual musician. Aerosmith simply never had anyone nearly as talented as Brian Jones or Mick Taylor, Joe Perry clearly pines to be Keith Richards, and the Stones boast one of the most understated and solid rhythm sections in rock. Appetite for Destruction doesn't touch Exile on Main Street, which is a blooze masterpiece that betters any of the other usual suspects in the running for 'best rock album.' (e.g. the perennially overrated and almost offensively boring Sgt. Pepper's; Highway 61 Revisited; All Things Must Pass, etc.) You'll have to clue me in as to what 'commercial' signifies and why the Stones' alleged 'commercialism' crowns Rose and Slash (who has flushed his career down the toilet) as the kings of rock.