After 43 Years, a New Honor for Queen's Iconic Hit

'Bohemian Rhapsody' becomes most-streamed song out of 20th century
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2018 12:58 PM CST

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" came out in 1975, but it just earned a new honor. The song passed 1.6 billion global streams, according to label Universal Music Group, making it the most streamed song out of the 20th century. The count includes streams on Spotify, Apple Music, and similar services, as well as views on YouTube, reports Billboard. "Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!" says guitarist Brian May. "Bohemian Rhapsody," included on the album A Night at the Opera, made its third appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last month thanks to the release of a Freddie Mercury biopic. As the Guardian notes, you're sure to recognize other tracks rounding out the top five:

Most-streamed songs out of the 20th century:

  1. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  2. Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
  3. Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine"
  4. Guns N' Roses' "November Rain"
  5. A-ha's "Take On Me"
(Check out the most danceable songs here.)

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