Scientists Explain The Amazing Voice of Queen's Freddie Mercury

There's a reason why you can't sing "Bohemian Rhapsody" like he could.
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There's a reason why you can't sing "Bohemian Rhapsody" like he could.

If you ever thought Freddie Mercury had an incredible voice, take comfort that it's now a scientific fact.

A team of researchers studied the late Queen singer's voice and published their results in the journal Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology. Led by a voice scientist at the University of Vienna, the team analyzed Freddie Mercury: The Solo Collection, as well as 23 Queen recordings. 

The Queen-obsessed scientists also used an endoscopic video camera to study a singer brought in to imitate Mercury’s distinctive singing voice. They also analyzed a series of interviews given by Mercury.

They found that the greatest rock vocalist of his generation had an incredible physiological ability—thanks to his larynx, Mercury could produce his famously mind-blowing notes.

To better picture Mercury’s uniquely powerful pipes, here are some numbers: The average vibrato varies from 5.4 Hz to 6.9 Hz, while Mercury's was 7.04 Hz. 

According to scientists, Mercury’s unique vocal power is called subharmonics, “where not only the vocal folds vibrate but also a pair of tissue structures called ventricular folds, which are not normally used for speaking or classical singing.”

At the end of the day, all that science may be fascinating, but now we just want to listen to Queen's Greatest Hits.

h/t Uproxx