Here’s What It Sounds Like When You Remove The Music From ‘We Are The Champions’

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These days, auto-tuning songs from less-than-spectacular artists is nothing new. In fact, it’s pretty much expected most of the time.

(Seriously—we’re auto-tuning everything, even the news.)

So what happens when you take it a few steps backward and actually remove everything except the vocals (non auto-tuned, of course)? We’re reluctant to listen to most new artists that way, but lucky for us, Playback.fm’s YouTube channel chose to do just that with Freddie Mercury.

Mercury, of the band Queen, passed away in 1991, but his amazing voice, songs and style continue to capture people’s attention around the world.

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Playback.fm edited four concert films, including a rare recording session of “We Are The Champions,” and synced them to isolated vocals. It simply doesn’t get more a capella than that.

Mercury, whose real name is Farrokh Bulsara, was born in Tanzania in 1946 and studied piano in boarding school in India. He moved to London in the 1960s and befriended multiple musicians, including two of his future bandmates, drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May.

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After being in two different bands, the Hectics and Ibex, Mercury reunited with Taylor and May and, along with bassist John Deacon, they formed Queen. Some of the band’s most notable songs include “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are The Champions.”

The band went on to win numerous awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.