GNR’s "Sweet Child O’ Mine’ becomes first ’80s music video to with 1 Billion YouTube views

Publish Date
Monday, 21 October 2019, 2:17PM
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Guns N Roses’ smash hit song from 1987 “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” has become the first 80s music video to reach YouTube’s billion views club.

GNR now holds the position of the most viewed video from the 80s & 90s on YouTube. It is not only the first music video from the ’80s to pass that landmark, but the band is also now the top artist of both the ’80s and ’90s on the platform

“November Rain,” which is also the first and only music video from the 90s to pass the billion-views mark.

The full breakdown from both decades is below:


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


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