Guns N' Roses' classic song “Sweet Child O' Mine” is now officially the first music video from the 1980s to reach a billion views on YouTube. This is the second such milestone for the band, whose 1992 video for “November Rain” became in 2018 the first — and so far only — clip from the 1990s to reach the coveted billion-view mark.
“Sweet Child O' Mine” was a breakthrough commercial smash from the first Guns album, 1987's Appetite For Destruction, which remains the best-selling U.S. debut album ever with more than 30 million copies shifted worldwide.
Three members of the band's founding lineup — singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan — reunited in 2016 for the “Not In This Lifetime” tour, which is still going strong after three years and is now Number Four on the list of the most successful tours in music history.
The band is gearing up to enter the studio sometime soon and begin work on the first new Guns album since 2008's Chinese Democracy and the first to feature the three original members since 1993's covers set, “The Spaghetti Incident?”