Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” Becomes First Rock Video to Hit 2 Billion YouTube Views

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Thursday, 16 February 2023, 2:52PM

Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” is the first full-on rock music video to hit 2 billion views on YouTube. The milestone comes a little more than 13 years since the 1991 clip was uploaded to the streaming platform on Christmas Day of 2009.

The epic ballad boasts an equally grand music video starring singer Axl Rose and his then-girlfriend, supermodel Stephanie Seymour. It includes a memorable scene in which Slash steps outside a church to deliver his guitar solo in a large open field.

While many music videos have crossed the 2 billion threshold on YouTube, “November Rain” is the first purely rock one to do so. 

Other rock videos approaching the 2 billion mark include Linkin Park’s “Numb” (1.9 billion) and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1.6 billion).

One major fan of the “November Rain” clip is none other than Donald Trump, who thinks it’s the “greatest music video of all time.” Apparently, he never caught wind of Axl Rose’s hatred of him.

Meanwhile, Slash recently talked about the debauchery that GN’R engaged in back in their ’80s and early ’90s heyday, and admitted that the band would’ve been “canceled in this day and age.”

This article was first published on by Spencer Kaufman.

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