Bohemian Rhapsody becomes oldest song with a billion views on YouTube

It may be 44 years since Queen released Bohemian Rhapsody, but it just keeps smashing records.

Late last year the track was named the most-streamed song of the 20th Century. Now, it’s become the oldest video on YouTube to hit one billion views, and the first of videos released prior to the ’90s.

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is now the oldest song to hit one billion views on YouTube and the first of videos from before the ’90s.

Queen’s two remaining members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, celebrated the song’s YouTube success by teaming up with YoutTube to reveal a newly-remastered, 4K version of the video, along with a trio of user-generated film clips.

“We are honoured that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has just hit one billion views on YouTube,” May and Taylor said in a statement “We want to thank you all and celebrate with our amazing fans all around the world by creating three new music videos to our songs, all featuring you!”

YouTube’s Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen, said “Bohemian Rhapsody is a sonic and cinematic masterpiece that’s one of the most enduring songs of all time”

“The newly remastered video on YouTube will ensure the song continues to be rediscovered, embraced and beloved by old and new generations of music fans around the world; it’s incredible to help change the way fans experience music and provide a place for artist and fan connections worldwide.”

Queen are set to bring their Bohemian Rhapsody tour to Aus early next year, with Adam Lambert singing lead vocals in Freddie Mercury’s place.

Queen 2020 Australian Tour

Thursday, 13th February
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Saturday, 15th February
ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Wednesday, 19th February
AAMI Park, Melbourne

Sunday, 23rd February
Optus Stadium, Perth

Wednesday, 26th February
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Saturday, 29th February
Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast

Tickets still available at Ticketek