Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" Becomes First '80s Music Video with 1 Billion YouTube Views

October 15, 2019

Guns N' Roses has made a habit of reaching big numbers and setting high records in ticket sales, album sales, song charts, concert attendance, and more. Now the band can proudly claim a new set of bragging rights because their video for "Sweet Child O' Mine" has become the first music video from the 1980's to reach over 1 billion views on YouTube.

Some other very popular '80s music videos that have not yet reached the billion view mark include "Take On Me" by A-ha with 943 million views, Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" with 786 million views, "Every Breath You Take" by The Police with 699 million views, and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" with 694 million views.

However, this isn't the first time a GNR video has entered YouTube's Billion Views Club. Their 1992 video for "November Rain" became the first (and possibly only) music video from the '90s to reach 1 billion views.

Other highly-watched music videos from the '90s that are closing in on the billion view mark include "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana with 968 million views, The Cranberries' "Zombie" with 962 million views, "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston with 859 million views, and 4 Non Blondes' "What;s Up" with 765 million views.