Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced that Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is officially the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed classic rock song of all time.
Taken from Queen’s 1975 album A Night At The Opera, the single has surpassed 1.6 billion global streams across all major platforms. According to the Official Charts Company, the song has 992,243 sales since 1994. In 2004, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Queen’s guitarist and founding member Brian May said: “So the river of rock music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!"
We are so proud to represent Queen
Sir Lucian Grainge
Sir 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 Jim Beach on an incredible achievement that is a testament to the enduring brilliance of Queen.”
The news comes after active promotion of discovery across streaming platforms, physical reissues, merchandise and experiential programmes from UMG’s global teams.
The track has also benefited from the biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody, which has become the highest grossing music biopic in history. In the UK, the OST peaked at No.3 and has 133,811 sales to date. It remains in the Top 10.