Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is The Most Streamed Song From 20th Century

by Ivana Hamilton March 05, 2019

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is The Most Streamed Song From 20th Century

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the iconic single by the rock legends Queen is officially the most streamed song from the 20th century according to Universal Music Group. Additionally, the 1975 hit is the most streamed classic rock song of all time. The song and the video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” have been streamed more than 1.6 billion times across all major streaming services. The song is a part of the British band’s album “A Night at the Opera.”

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” biopic made the namesake song even more popular. It was one of the best films released in 2018 that took home four Oscars out of five nominations.

“’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,” Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, stated.

Queen’s guitarist and founding member Brian May added “So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!”

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody

Universal Music Group represents Queen’s catalog globally and supports the legendary British band’s retail licensing, merch, and brand management through Bravado, UMG’s merchandise, and brand management company. Here is Queen and“Bohemian Rhapsody” in numbers according to UMG:

  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”was released as a single on October 31, 1975.
  • The track was the first Top 10 hit for the band in the US. It also topped UK’s charts for 9 weeks in a row, breaking the record at that time.
  • No song other than“Bohemian Rhapsody” has topped the UK’s charts twice at Christmas.
  • The“Bohemian Rhapsody” video is known as the first ever music video that has aired. The video was inspired by “Queen II” album cover, a shot taken by Mick Rock. The band filmed the video at their rehearsal space under Bruce Gowers’ direction. It took only 3 hours and £3,500 to put together the iconic video.
  • Many amazing artists have covered this song over the years including Elton John & Axl Rose (for the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in April 1992), Kanye West, Pink, Robbie Williams, Montserrat Caballe, The Muppets, and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • The band has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide.

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