Guns N’ Roses just made YouTube history once again. This time it’s one for the 1980s. The band’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is the first music video from the decade to hit a billion views on the website.
The power ballad appeared on Appetite for Destruction, the rock band’s debut album back in 1987. This year alone, its music video garnered 590,000 views per day on the popular video-sharing platform. The feat means Guns N’ Rose is YouTube’s top band from both the 1980s and 1990s.
“November Rain”, the band’s 1992 hit rock track is currently the only song from the 90s with a music video to make it in the “billion views club. ” This means music from lead singer Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash and co still draws in audiences from the older and younger generations.
Guns N’ Roses’ YouTube account now has over 6.7 million subscribers on the video-sharing platform. While they continue to make waves online, Appetite For Destruction still holds the number one spot as America’s best selling album debut in history. The album has sold over 30 million copies globally.
The band has beat out contemporary acts from their peak decade like Cyndi Lauper, The Police, Michael Jackson, and A-Ha.
In other news, Queen’s iconic 1970s classic Bohemian Rhapsody became the oldest video to reach the same feat. The first video to ever achieve a billion views on YouTube is Gangnam Style from Korean singer Psy back in 2012. The music video has now garnered 3.4 billion hits on the video platform.
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.