Guns N’ Roses now has two major YouTube records

Guns N’ Roses continues to make bank in two main ways (a) playing live and (b) royalties from YouTube

New numbers say that “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is now officially the most-viewed music video of the 80s with 1 billion views. This puts the song up there with “November Rain,” which is the most-viewed music video of the 90s with 1.2 billion.

Variety published this chart of the biggest YouTube music videos of the 80s and 90s.

1980s

  1. Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine (Official Music Video) – 1B
  2. a-ha – Take On Me (Official Music Video) – 943M
  3. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Official Video) – 786M
  4. The Police – Every Breath You Take (Official Music Video) – 699M
  5. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (Official Music Video) – 694M

1990s

  1. Guns N’ Roses – November Rain – 1.2B
  2. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Official Music Video) – 968M
  3. The Cranberries – Zombie (Official Music Video) – 962M
  4. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You (Official Music Video) – 859M
  5. 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up (Official Video) – 765M

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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