Nirvana‘s video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has officially hit one billion views on YouTube. The 1991 clip joins an elite club of just 184 videos to reach that milestone on the service, while also earning enough views to be the second most watched music video of the ’90s, surpassed only by Guns N’ Roses‘ “November Rain.”
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” made its radio debut on August 27th, 1991, with the video arriving a few weeks later on MTV. The clip appeared on YouTube for the first time in 2009. The song was the opening cut and first single from Nirvana’s breakthrough second album, Nevermind, which went on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide.
Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic said that the song and video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was a harbinger of things to come. [“Well, it was a phenomenon. I think a lot of it was timing as what was going on in the music business. And a lot of the Sunset Strip hair bands were past their prime and people were ready for something new. And I think Nirvana always tried to be sincere.”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . to be sincere.)
Other music videos that have crossed the billion-view threshold include Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Linkin Park‘s “Numb,” Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Katy Perry‘s “Roar,” Taylor Swift‘s “Shake ‘Em Off” and Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You,” while the most-viewed video of all is “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee, with 6.58 billion views.
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- Nirvana‘s video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has officially hit one billion views on YouTube.
- The 1991 clip joins an elite club of just 184 videos to reach that milestone on the service.
- It also earned enough views to be the second most watched music video of the ’90s, surpassed only by Guns N’ Roses‘ “November Rain.”
- Most of the clips in YouTube’s billion-view club are music videos.
- In December 2012, “Gangnam Style” by Psy became the first video to reach one billion views.
- “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses became the first video made prior to YouTube’s creation to reach a billion views by July 2018.
- “Numb” by Linkin Park was the first 2000s video predating YouTube to reach one billion views in November 2018.
- Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was the first 1980s video to reach one billion views in October 2019.
- As of December 2019, 40 videos have exceeded two billion views. Nine of of those exceed three billion views, five now exceed four billion views and one exceeds six billion.