There’s no doubt that Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, led by Freddy Mercury, is one of the most popular songs on the planet.
And now, according to the Universal Music Group (UMG), it is also the most-streamed song from the 20th century. UMG made the announcement on Wednesday, marking one of Mercury’s greatest songs in the book as one that can stand the test of time, whether people are listening on Apple Music, Spotify, or another service. And if that wasn’t enough, UMG also says that Bohemian Rhapsody is the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time.
““Bohemian Rhapsody,” the iconic single by British rock legends Queen, officially became the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time […]
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is regularly cited as one of the greatest songs ever recorded. In 2004, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and Freddie Mercury’s vocal performance was named by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine as the best in rock history.
The instantly recognizable anthem also has been buoyed by the success of the biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody, which tells the incredible story of the band’s storied career. In just five weeks on release the film has become the highest grossing music biopic in history.
Brian May, Queen’s guitarist and founding member said, ‘So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!'”
Here’s the music video for the song, which is iconic in its own right:
This means that Queen has officially usurped the rock band, Nirvana, from first place, knocking that other iconic band into second place. Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit has over 1.5 billion streams to its name.
So what helped boost Bohemian Rhapsody into that prime spot at the top of the most-streamed list? A movie, actually. A biopic of Mercury, and Queen as a whole, was released earlier this year and was titled Bohemian Rhapsody. That release helped push the song into the most-streamed title.
When is the last time you listened to the most-streamed song from the 20th century?