Rock band Queen have a new record: their ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is now the most-streamed track from the 20th century. At least, that’s what Universal Music Group claims, with the song’s 1.6bn streams overhauling rivals like Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, Gun’s N’Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ and ‘November Rain’, and A-Ha’s ‘Take on Me’.
The news comes as the song enjoys a new wave of popularity fuelled by Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. The 1.6bn figure covers ‘global on-demand streaming services’ including Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and rivals, but also YouTube. That means we can do some ROCK MATHS and calculate that the official video for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on YouTube accounts for 46.9% of the song’s streams, thanks to its 750.7m views. Meanwhile, Spotify accounts for another 37.1% thanks to the song’s 593m streams on that platform. That’s 84% of the track’s streams from those two services alone.