It is the first music video released in the 1970s, or any year prior to the 1990s, to reach the milestone.
Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” was the first video to manage the feat in 2012. It now has 3.3 billion views.
However, that pales in significance next to Luis Fonsi‘s “Despacito,” which hit 6.3 billion plays earlier this year – making it the most-watched video on the site.
In fact, “Bohemian Rhapsody” doesn’t even make the Top 100 most-played videos on YouTube.
Before Monday, the only other 20th Century song to reach 1 billion views was Guns N’ Roses‘ “November Rain.”
Brian May and Roger Taylor said: “We are honored that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has just hit one billion views on YouTube.”
“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.”
Queen fans can also watch a newly restored video of the hit song on the band’s YouTube channel.
Queen and Adam Lambert are currently on their Rhapsody tour across North America, with their next show set for tonight (July 23, 2019) in Dallas.