CSPC: Guns N’ Roses Popularity Analysis


Records & Achievements

  • At 46,651,000 equivalent album sales, Appetite For Destruction is the most successful debut album of all-time.
  • As of March, 1, 2018, Appetite For Destruction is the only album released before 2000 with 3 songs over 200 million streams on Spotify.
  • Guns N’ Roses is one of the two acts with over 100 million album sales in spite of only 6 studio albums released or less.
  • At 8,53 million downloads and ringtones, Sweet Child O’ Mine is the second highest selling digital song from the 80s.
  • At 13,61 million pure album sales, Greatest Hits is the highest selling compilation Worldwide released in the last 15 years.
  • At 18,700,000 pure album sales, Appetite For Destruction is the second best selling album in the US from the last 35 years, 7th of all-time.
  • At 46,651,000 equivalent album sales, Appetite For Destruction is the third most successful albums from 1987.
  • At 18,880,000 equivalent album sales, Sweet Child O’ Mine is the third most successful song from 1987.
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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!