- 16 Oct 19
Iconic American rockers Guns N' Roses have officially claimed the first music video from the '80s to reach one billion views on YouTube.
Guns ‘N Roses’ No. 1 single 'Sweet Child O’ Mine' is officially the first music video from the ‘80s to rock its way into YouTube’s billion views club. This marks the second such milestone for the band whose 1992 video for 'November Rain' broke records in 2018 as the first, and so far only, video from the '90s to reach 1 billion views.
Guns N’ Roses broke into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene and went on to captivate the entire world with the 1987 release of Appetite For Destruction, which remains the best-selling U.S. debut album of all time and selling more than 30 million copies globally. The band’s ongoing success of the Not In This Lifetime worldwide tour claims the fourth spot on the list of the most successful tours in music history.
The band's staying power is undeniable. With more than 6.7 million YouTube subscribers and record-breaking videos across decades, the band and their iconic music continues to inspire. Their global legion of hard rocking fans keep coming back to their classic videos. As one of the top 200 most viewed YouTube artists of 2019, they average 3.1 million views each day, approximately 590,000 of which are for 'Sweet Child O' Mine'.
Here are the current standings for the most viewed music videos from the '80s and '90s.
Top 5 Music Videos of the 1980s
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine (Official Music Video) - 1B
a-ha - Take On Me (Official Music Video) - 943M
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Official Video) - 786M
The Police - Every Breath You Take (Official Music Video) - 699M
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Official Music Video) - 694M
Top 5 Music Videos of the 1990s
Guns N' Roses - November Rain - 1.2B
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Official Music Video) - 968M
The Cranberries - Zombie (Official Music Video) - 962M
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (Official Music Video) - 859M
4 Non Blondes - What's Up (Official Video) - 765M