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Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' named most-streamed song from 20th century

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" has become the world's most-streamed song from the 20th century, four decades after the number was first recorded.

The single, which inspired the title of the recent biopic, is also the most-streamed classic rock song of all time, a release on the official page of the British rock band said quoting Universal Group.

The original song and official video for Bohemian Rhapsody, taken from the group's 1975 album "A Night at the Opera", has surpassed 1.6 billion streams globally across all major

"So the River of Rock has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our is still flowing to the max!," Brian May, Queen's guitarist, and a founding member said.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is considered one of the greatest songs ever recorded. In 2004, the song was inducted into Hall of Fame and Freddie Mercury's vocal performance was named by the readers of as the best in rock history.

The anthem's streaming success can also be contributed to the popularity of the film, which has become the highest grossing music biopic in history. Malek has been hailed universally for his empathic portrayal of Mercury, who died in 1991 of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS.

Malek, in an interview with ahead of the film's release in India, said he had never worked so hard on anything because he wanted to honour Mercury and Queen's musical legacy.

"I am honoured to be the person to contribute to Freddie's story and be a tiny part of Queen's legacy. The ability to bring it to a new generation is special and I am very fortunate to be a part of it.

"I have never worked this hard as on this to honour a human being. I probably asked for too many takes because I did not want to lie awake at night thinking 'I did not do everything that I could while I was on the set'. I pushed myself to the absolute limit," Malek had said.

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First Published: Tue, December 11 2018. 19:55 IST