Guns N' Roses Holy Crap ... Sweet Child O' Mine Is a Rip-Off?!?

5/11/2015 8:36 AM PDT

Guns N' Roses -- Holy Crap ... Sweet Child O' Mine Is a Rip-Off?!?

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Prepare to have your mind blown ... the most iconic Guns N' Roses song -- "Sweet Child O' Mine" -- was totally jacked from an Australian soft rock band ... maybe.

An Australian website, Max TV, recently made the comparison, and there's no denying ... the similarity is eerie. Here's the deal ... a group called Australian Crawl recorded and released a hit song called, "Unpublished Critics" in 1981. 'Sweet Child' didn't come out until 1987.

For the record ... Axl Rose, Slash, and Izzy Stradlin have a very detailed story about how they created 'Sweet Child' -- and it doesn't include listening to Aussie top 40 radio.

A member of Australian Crawl has already acknowledged how close the guitar riffs and melodies are -- but says he's cool with it. In other words, this probably won't be a "Blurred Lines" situation.

Still, if you're a GnR fan -- this kinda stings. At least the Guns version is better.