If you were to poll a group of people and ask them to name some of the greatest singers of all time, there's a good chance Freddie Mercury's name would come up several times. The legendary crooner from Queen passed away in 1991, but his crystal clear vocals and soaring melodies can still be heard blaring from stereos around the world.
The staff at Playback.fm recently took it upon themselves to edit together footage from four different Queen concert films, along with rare, isolated vocal tracks from the band's iconic hit, "We Are The Champions." They spliced the footage together to sync up with the vocals to honor the late singer, and also to showcase "his presence and consistency as the ultimate stage man." The results are nothing short of stunning as we hear just how much control and strength Mercury really had over his voice.
"We Are The Champions" was written by Mercury and released on Queen's 1977 album, News of the World. The song was intended to have audiences singing and waving along, but perhaps even the band members never realized just how classic this song would become. The song has become synonymous with victory, particularly in sports - my little league team even sang it every time we won a game! In 2009, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.