Guns N’ Roses join YouTube’s billion club: nine other nostalgic hits on most-watched music video list
November Rain made history recently as the first music video released in the 20th century to hit one billion views on YouTube. Here are nine other vintage hits that have proven popular with fans in the digital age
Guns N’ Roses’ November Rain has surpassed one billion views on YouTube, making it the first music video released in the 20th century – and first created pre-YouTube – to join the exclusive “billion club”.
The tear-jerking 1992 power anthem, which averaged nearly 560,000 views per day in 2017, is also one of the most expensive music videos in history, with a budget of US$1.5 million.
The Los Angeles rockers also hold the title of most-watched ’80s video on YouTube with their iconic air-guitar-inducing hit Sweet Child O’ Mine, which has almost 700 million hits.
Data from YouTube shows that the US is still the band’s largest fan base, with Americans contributing 89 million views to the band so far this year. However, 83 per cent of views were actually logged outside the US, with Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia being home to the band’s next largest fan bases.
November Rain’s viewer numbers spike every November, with an average of 41 per cent more views compared with the rest of the year. Before Axl, Slash and co hit Hong Kong in (fittingly) November to give fans a live rendition of the song, let’s take a look at some of the other pre-YouTube classics that have found similarly huge audiences on the platform.
1. The Cranberries – Zombie
2. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
3. Aha – Take On Me
4. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
5. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
6. No Doubt – Don’t Speak
7. The Police – Every Breath You Take
8. Michael Jackson – Thriller
9. REM – Losing My Religion