Freddie Mercury’s isolated vocals from ‘We Are The Champions’ prove he was one of the finest tenors in history

23 November 2016, 12:14 | Updated: 9 January 2019, 17:08

Just listen to how Freddie Mercury’s voice, isolated from the rest of the Queen sound, is three minutes of pure power

Queen’s 'We Are The Champions’ is a bombastic monument of a song, one of the most iconic in rock history - but what happens if you strip away all the instrumentation and leave only Freddie Mercury’s voice?

As it turns out, you’re left with a crystal clear bravura tenor that rivals any operatic performance for sheer intensity. On display is Mercury’s gorgeous tone – natural, arresting, full of character and irresistibly rough around the edges.  

And that range. Wow – the full chest voice on display here is mindblowing. Freddie, we salute you: