Listen to Freddie Mercury’s isolated vocals on We Are the Champions (VIDEO).

The Isolated Vocals for “We Are the Champions” Are Crazy Good

The Isolated Vocals for “We Are the Champions” Are Crazy Good

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Jan. 4 2016 8:55 PM

The Isolated Vocals for “We Are the Champions” Are Crazy Good

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Freddie Mercury and Queen during a concert in September 1984.

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If you spend enough time browsing the small, teeming subgenre of isolated vocal tracks, you’ll note the recurrence of a few choice artists—Stevie Wonder, Michael Jacksonthe Beach Boys. The reason, as you may have guessed: All are incredibly good singers.

Another such singer is Freddie Mercury, which is why Queen is perhaps the most frequent subject of these a cappella treatments. Now, courtesy of Playback.fm, we have the isolated vocals for “We Are the Champions,” which see Mercury at his five-octave best, his voice lunging and lurching and vibrating in all the ways you pretend yours is when belting the song in front of the bathroom mirror. Enjoy. 

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Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter