The Top 25 Heavy Rock Bands of All Time on YouTube, Ranked by Their Most Popular Video


Ever wondered how various artists from throughout the metal and hard rock communities stack up against one another when it comes to YouTube views, Apple Music streams, pure album sales, ticket sales (back when those were a thing… and when they become so again) and other metrics? Stream N’ Destroy is a newsletter that features all of those things and then some. Compiled by metal journalist and manager Ryan J. Downey, Stream N’ Destroy, which arrives a couple of times a week, has quickly become one of our most anticipated reads the moment it hits our inbox.

Today we look at the most popular heavy rock bands in the entire history of YouTube, but with a twist: rather than adding up every video from each band’s entire catalogue for a cumulative figure, this list features only their single most popular video. Each band can appear only once on the list. Where there were multiple versions of a particular song (band upload, label upload, audio, fan uploads, live versions, etc.), this list includes the single biggest version. Bands that fall somewhere on the hard rock spectrum, be it heavy metal, hardcore, metalcore, some type of punk adjacent “scene” music, etc., were eligible for inclusion.

Here are the top 25:

  1. Linkin Park “Numb” 1.4B
  2. Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” 1.3B
  3. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” 1B
  4. System Of A Down “Chop Suey!” 964M
  5. Bon Jovi “It’s My Life” 852M
  6. Metallica “Nothing Else Matters” 789M
  7. Scorpions “Wind of Change” 772M
  8. Evanescence “Bring Me to Life” 752M
  9. AC/DC “Thunderstruck 752M
  10. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” 750M
  11. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Californication” 710M
  12. Audioslave “Like a Stone” 671M
  13. Hoobastank “The Reason” 661M
  14. Disturbed “The Sound of Silence” 620M
  15. 3 Doors Down “Here Without You” 586M
  16. Aerosmith “Crazy” 529M
  17. Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes” 479M
  18. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” 473M
  19. Foo Fighters “The Pretender” 425M
  20. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” 424M
  21. Slipknot “Psychosocial” 351M
  22. Bad Wolves “Zombie” 322M
  23. Paramore “Decode” 316M
  24. Skillet “Monster” 308M
  25. Five Finger Death Punch “Wrong Side of Heaven” 294M

The entire list on the Stream N’ Destroy email newsletter includes a whopping 565 bands, including, Rammstein, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins and more. To get access to the full list, and to have data insights like these pumped into your inbox on a regular basis, sign up for Stream N’ Destroy right here.

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