Queen‘s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is the most streamed song from the 20th century, new records have confirmed.
The iconic 1975 song, taken from ‘A Night At The Opera’, surpassed a staggering 1.6 billion streams globally across all major streaming services on December 10. The song has enjoyed enduring success in over 40 years of release, but it received a huge boost in late 2018 after the release of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
The British rock icons are also able to boast that the famous track is the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time.
Queen guitarist Brian May said: “So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!”
Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, said: “‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is one the greatest songs by one of the greatest bands in history. We are so proud to represent Queen and are thrilled to see the song still inspiring new fans around the world more than four decades after its release.
“My congratulations to Queen and (longtime manager) Jim Beach on an incredible achievement that is a testament to the enduring brilliance of Queen.”
The impressive record was revealed by Universal Music Group, months after Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody proved to be a global smash at the box office. Despite middling reviews, there was widespread praise for Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury – which has seen him bagging a Golden Globe nod.
In a recent interview, Malek even admitted that he bagged the role after admitting to movie bosses that he was unable to sing or play the piano.