Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Is The Most Streamed Song from the 20th Century
In the wake of the incredible film of the same name, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is drawing more attention by the streaming generation. Universal Music Group confirmed that “Bohemian Rhapsody” has earned over 1.6 billion streams worldwide on all major streaming platforms including Youtube. Earning over $596.9 million in the box office worldwide, “Bohemian Rhapsody” skyrocketed in the two months after the film’s debut.
Not only is it breaking streaming records under the Classic Rock realm, but Queen’s legendary track has also surpassed the fan favorite and hallmark of grunge, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. In comparison, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” now stands at No. 2 with 1.5 billion streams. Both breakthrough tracks have defined an era of music, yet the film has cemented “Bohemian Rhapsody” relevancy to older and newer generations.
The chart-topping song is an older release from the British rock band’s 1975 album, “A Night At The Opera.”
Universal Music Group represents Queen’s catalog of iconic music worldwide. It handles the band’s global merchandise, retail licensing, and brand management through Bravado. In the wake of the announcement, UMG shared with the public that “Bohemian Rhapsody” was originally released as a single on Oct. 31, 1975, and rapidly remained in the Top Ten Hit in the USA, and held the #1 spot in the UK charts for 9 consecutive weeks (record breaking).
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.
Watch the Official Music Video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen