CSPC: Guns N’ Roses Popularity Analysis

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The list of most successful songs is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each of them. It includes the song’s own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales, and with appropriate weighting too, plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

1. 1987 – Sweet Child O’ Mine [Appetite for Destruction]18,880,000
2. 1991 – November Rain [Use Your Illusion I]13,480,000
3. 1987 – Welcome to the Jungle [Appetite for Destruction]11,420,000
4. 1987 – Paradise City [Appetite for Destruction]10,940,000
5. 1991 – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door [Use Your Illusion II]10,680,000
6. 1988 – Patience [GNR Lies]8,880,000
7. 1991 – Don’t Cry [Use Your Illusion I]7,150,000
8. 1991 – You Could Be Mine [Use Your Illusion II]3,770,000
8. 1991 – Civil War [Use Your Illusion II]3,770,000
10. 1993 – Since I Don’t Have You [The Spaghetti Incident?]2,640,000
11. 1991 – Live and Let Die [Use Your Illusion I]2,520,000
12. 1991 – Estranged [Use Your Illusion II]1,980,000
13. 1991 – Yesterdays [Use Your Illusion II]1,360,000
14. 1993 – Ain’t It Fun [The Spaghetti Incident?]1,230,000
15. 1988 – Used to Love Her [GNR Lies]1,200,000

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The youtube stats for November Rain are just insane. 2 billion views? There are popular acts now that would kill for those kind of views. I wonder how many of them will still be getting these kind of stats in 30 years? I have always been curious though on why November Rain does even better than Sweet Child O Mine on youtube. Sweet Child was much bigger in it’s initial release and does much better than November Rain on Spotify.


I remember there being a bit of a furore about the track back in 91/92. I recall it being referred to as their Stairway to Heaven, due to it’s length, epic nature and extended guitar solo. The video was quite talked about too, which I think they spent a preposterous amount on. As to it’s Youtube popularity, maybe the actual video has it’s own popularity. While not exactly the same or on the same scale, I’d imagine a lot views for The Prodigys Smack My Bitch Up is to see the video, not so much to hear the song. Maybe… Read more »


That’s true, it’s still referred to in those terms to this day. But it’s popularity endures (just like Stairway).


There’s plenty of similar cases, Aerosmith’s Crazy being their most viewed video while it’s only their 5th most streamed song…etc., music videos aren’t just about music.


True, take The Beatles. At face value it seems crazy that Don’t Let Me Down, their 29th most popular track on Spotify, is their most viewed video/track on Youtube. IMO it’s clearly the event and the live footage of it, the legendary and iconic Apple Records roof top concert, by the band, that’s actually getting the views.


The song was featured in the Thor film. That soundtrack boost from Marvel is huge nowadays.


While I agree with you, that a song in a Marvel film helps give it a boost, November Rain has been one of the most streamed videos on YouTube for years, way prior to its inclusion in Thor.


AfD reaches 50 million EAS! What a timeless classic!