A song that’s a fixture of classic rock — there’s a good chance you’ve not only heard it, but probably even attempted to sing parts of it (our guess would be you got stuck somewhere around either the “Scaramouche-fandango” part, the “mama mia-Beelzebub” part or the “Galileo-Figaro” part) — has been declared the most-streamed song of the 20th century.
The song, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” presumably got more than a little help from the recent Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” on its road to digital glory.
“Universal Music Group announced Monday that the quintessential Queen song has surpassed 1.5 billion streams, making it the most-streamed song released in the 20th century,” EW.com reports.
In a statement, Queen guitarist and founder Brian May said: “So the river of rock music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!”
EW adds: “It’s a victory made so much more sweet when considering that the band’s former manager and label seemed convinced the song wouldn’t sell coming in at five minutes and 55 seconds. That wasn’t the case then, and it’s not the case in the era of streaming.”
The report notes that the movie, starring Rami Malek, has been doing well too. In mid-November it became the second-highest-grossing musical biopic of all time.