“Bohemian Rhapsody” Was the Most Streamed Song of 2018!
According to CinemaBlend, Queen’s hit song “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the most streamed song of 2018, thanks in part to the Freddie Mercury Biopic of the same name. According to the article:
To be more specific, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” has surpassed 1.6 billion (!) streams globally — which is no small feat, by any responsible measure. The total was calculated based on the number of listens to the song, as well as the high number of views to the song’s famous music video.
With this newfound ranking, “Bohemian Rhapsody” overtakes distinguished classic rock singles like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’Mine,” among several others. While it was already doing well for itself in the decades since its famous debut, it was given a boost thanks to Universal, who made sure the song was available on a variety of music streaming services. According to The New York Post, the high-streaming achievement was definitely helped by being available on a variety of streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
The success of “Bohemian Rhapsody” is considered an underdog story of sorts. While Queen was well-established as a best-selling and stadium-filling band by then, the six-minute ballad was considered unorthodox and therefore uncommercial. Some producers worried it wouldn’t be played on the radio unless it was condensed or recontextualized. But the band stood their ground, keeping it the way it is heard today. The decision obviously paid off in the end, big time. It’s widely considered one of the greatest rock songs in the history of the genre, and it continues to be rightfully acclaimed.
There is no doubt that this accomplishment was benefitted by the recent release of Bohemian Rhapsody. While the movie received mixed reviews, it did well commercially. The musical biopic has made $173.7 million domestically and it has earned a whopping $596.3 million worldwide. Furthermore, it helped to re-introduce the already-ubiquitous operatic rock band into the public conscious, including to a younger generation only moderately familiar with the group before. Now, it’s set to become the highest-grossing musical biopic ever — particularly as it inches closer to $600 million worldwide.