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Guns N’ Roses is responsible for “November Rain,” which remains one of the most legendary music videos of all time. If you need further proof of its popularity, the video has hit a new major milestone.

The video has now surpassed the two billion views mark on YouTube this week. While the video was first released in 1992, it was uploaded to YouTube in 2009. Prior to this milestone, “November Rain” made history as the first music video released before the 2000’s to reach one billion views.

 

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The “November Rain” video is seemingly as legendary as GN’R and is beloved by many, including former President Donald Trump. This fun fact was revealed in the memoir of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She served as President Trump’s Press Secretary and is now the Governor of Arkansas.

Governor Sanders writes in Speaking For Myself, “On my first day back in the White House for the New Year, I did a press briefing, and Ivanka invited my family to join hers at the Monster Jam coming to the Verizon Arena in Washington. The president told [then White House Communications Director] Hope [Hicks] and me in the Oval he wanted the classic Guns N’ Roses song ‘November Rain’ added to his rally playlist. He told us it was the ‘greatest music video of all time.'” Governor Sanders added President Trump “made us watch it to prove his point even though neither of us had disagreed.”

Additionally, Lisa Marie Presley was such a massive fan of the song Axl Rose performed it at her memorial service in January. Rose told Entertainment Tonight, “That was one of her favorite songs, apparently. He then alluded that Presley asked for him to perform the song at her funeral if she suddenly died. Rose said, ” … It was my understanding she had actually talked about if the situation … So, that’s why I was asked to do it. Of course, I had to be here.”

 

33 Rock/Pop Music Videos with Over 1 Billion Views on YouTube

Since MTV doesn’t really show music videos anymore, YouTube is the place for those who want to watch music videos to their heart’s content.

Some music videos — both classic and recently released — have caught on more than others and have racked up 1 billion views and more.

For your viewing pleasure, here are 33 rock/pop music videos with at least 1 billion views on YouTube.

(Note: View numbers listed are as of January 30, 2023.)

  • Scorpions - 'Wind of Change' (1 billion views)

  • Bon Jovi - 'Livin' On A Prayer' (1 billion views)

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'Californication' (1.01 billion views)

  • Audioslave - 'Like a Stone' (1.04 billion views)

  • Evanescence - 'Bring Me To Life' (1.13 billion views)

  • Cyndi Lauper - 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' (1.14 billion views)

  • Metallica - 'Nothing Else Matters' (1.20 billion views)

  • Whitney Houston - 'I Will Always Love You' (1.35 billion views)

  • AC/DC - 'Thunderstruck' (1.22 billion views)

  • Rick Astley - 'Never Gonna Give You Up' (1.34 billion views)

  • Bon Jovi - 'It's My Life' (1.21 billion views)

  • The Cranberries - 'Zombie' (1.31 billion views)

  • a-ha - 'Take On Me' (1.60 billion views)

  • Guns N' Roses - 'November Rain' (2 billion views)

  • Nirvana - 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (1.60 billion views)

  • Queen - 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (1.57 billion views)

  • Linkin Park - 'In The End' (1.48 billion views)

  • Coldplay - 'Paradise' (1.66 billion views)

  • Imagine Dragons - 'Radioactive' (1.42 billion views)

  • 4 Non Blondes - 'What's Up' (1.46 billion views)

  • twenty one pilots - 'Heathens' (1.98 billion views)

  • Guns N' Roses - 'Sweet Child O' Mine' (1.47 billion views)

  • Linkin Park - 'Numb' (1.92 billion views)

  • Imagine Dragons - 'Believer' (2.36 billion views)

  • Coldplay - 'Hymn For the Weekend' (1.82 billion views)

  • Imagine Dragons - 'Thunder' (1.93 billion views)

  • Europe - 'The Final Countdown' (1.08 billion views)

  • Coldplay - 'The Scientist' (1.08 billion views)

  • Michael Jackson - 'Billie Jean' (1.29 billion views)

  • System of a Down - 'Chop Suey!' (1.23 billion views)

  • twenty one pilots - 'Ride' (1.35 billion views)

  • Coldplay - 'Adventure of a Lifetime' (1.39 billion views)

  • twenty one pilots - 'Stressed Out' (2.62 billion views)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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