Queen has further cemented its label as one of the greatest rock bands of all time as its seminal track, Bohemian Rhapsody, surpasses 1.6 billion plays globally on all major streaming service.
This makes Bohemian Rhapsody the world’s most streamed song from the last century.
‘So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!’ said Queen’s guitarist, Brian May.
Universal Music Group (UMG) which represents Queen’s catalog announced the record-breaking feat.
UMG said the song was buoyed by the success of the biographical film of the same name. The biopic, which stars Remi Malek has also broken records, becoming the highest grossing LGBTI film of all time. Bohemian Rhapsody, the film, tells the story of the band’s career and in just five weeks became the highest grossing music biopic in history.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody is one the greatest songs by one of the greatest bands in history,’ said Sir Lucian Grainge, UMG’s chairman and CEO.
‘My congratulations to Queen and (producer) Jim Beach on an incredible achievement that is a testament to the enduring brilliance of Queen.’
The brainchild of bisexual lead singer, Freddie Mercury, the iconic song was released on 31 October, 1975.
It became Queen’s first top 10 hit in the US and stayed at the top of the UK charts for nine consecutive weeks. Bohemian Rhapsody is also the only song in history ever to have topped the UK charts twice at Christmas.