"November Rain" is a song by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, written by lead singer Axl Rose and released as a single in June 1992. The music video for this song was also released in 1992, and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography. It features a sweeping orchestral backing and is one of Guns N' Roses' longest songs.
The song was placed at #140 on Pitchfork Media's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.
The song is composed in the key of B major aside from the coda, which is in B minor. "November Rain" appears on the album Use Your Illusion I. At eight minutes and 57 seconds, it's the second-longest song on that album, the longest being the 10-minutes, eight-seconds "Coma". Its distinct symphonic overtone owes to a sweeping string arrangement, orchestrated by Axl Rose. 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's 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...