Music Removed From “We Are the Champions” Showcases Freddie Mercury’s Amazing Voice

Hear Freddie Mercury sing We Are the Champions A Capella.

Photo credit: Steven Jennings

When you think of the band Queen, you probably imagine their late front man, Freddie Mercury. The music icon died 25 years ago, but his incredible voice lives on—he’s still regarded as one of the best singers of all time. To pay homage to his amazing talents, posted a video that features Mercury singing We Are the Champions a capella.

Devoid of any instruments, the focus is solely on Mercury’s vocals. It’s a beautifully haunting rendition, and you can hear the ways in which he modulates and controls his singing to bring amazing emotion to his performance.

The reason for his unforgettable voice was actually studied by science. Professor Christian Herbst was part of a team that released a study on Mercury and his technique. According to their findings, the difference is in his vibrato and how it diverges from other classically-trained singers. “Usually, you can sing a straight tone, but opera singers try to modulate the fundamental frequencies,” he told NPR. “So they make the tone, if you like, a bit more vibrant. Typically, an opera singer's vibrato has this frequency of about 5.5-6 Hz. Freddie Mercury's is higher, and it's also more irregular, and that kind of creates a very typical vocal fingerprint.”

Listen to We Are the Champions a capella, below.

That isn't the only song of Queen's that's in a capella. Here's Bohemian Rhapsody:

And Somebody To Love:

As well as Killer Queen:

And You're My Best Friend:

H/T: [Bright Side]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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