|The '80s classic surges to No. 1 on Hot Hard Rock Songs.
by Kevin Rutherford
Guns N’ Roses‘ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” rules Billboard‘s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart for the first time following its inclusion in the new trailer for the upcoming movie Thor: Love and Thunder.
“Child” debuts at No. 1 on the April 30-dated ranking and re-enters the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart at No. 9. (Older songs are eligible to appear on Billboard‘s multi-metric charts if in the top half and with a meaningful reason for their revivals.)
In the April 15-21 tracking week, “Child” earned 4.7 million official U.S. streams, an 8% boost, and sold 1,600 downloads, up 181%, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. A staple of classic hits and rock radio, it also drew 1.2 million in audience on stations that report to Billboard‘s Radio Songs chart.
The track’s Hot Hard Rock Songs coronation gives Guns N’ Roses its first ruler on the ranking, which began in 2020. The band boasts two previous top fives, paced by the No. 2-peaking “Hard Skool” in October 2021, after “Absurd” hit No. 5 in August.
“Child” concurrently lifts 2-1 on Hard Rock Streaming Songs for its 24th week atop the survey since its 2020 premiere and jumps 16-3 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales.
Released in 1987 on Guns N’ Roses’ debut album Appetite for Destruction, “Child” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in September 1988, becoming the band’s first of six top 10s.
The Thor trailer premiered April 18. The film, starring Chris Hemsworth as its namesake superhero, is due in theaters July 8.