They removed the background music to “Under Pressure.” Now listen to Freddie and David’s voices

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If you’ve ever heard the rendition of Queen’s “Under Pressure” sung by Freddie Mercury and David Bowie you’ll know what a truly phenomenal piece of art and contribution to the world that this song is.

Not only does it feature two of the most innovative and groundbreaking artists the world has ever known, but it’s also an amazing anthem of the plight of humans who struggle under the pressures of everyday life.

The song serves as a reminder to keep love close even when times are dark and it’s easy to turn a blind eye to joy and others who are in need.

The song was written in 1981 and was included on Queen’s 1982 album title Hot Space. It went to number one on the UK Singles Chart and was played by Queen at every single live show they had from the day they wrote it until they stopped touring in 1986, according to Wikipedia.

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It’s the perfect song both lyrically and musically and it’s hard to think how it could be possible to make it more magnetic.

But, of course, the internet found a way.

YouTube user MisteRhapsody posted a video of the song that removes the music and isolates the vocals and the results are absolutely mesmerizing. It allows you to truly zone in on the powerful lyrics and the magnitude of Mercury and Bowie’s voices.

You can see what we mean below:

Since it was first posted in 2011 it has gotten more than 11 million views. A few years later in 2015, another edited rendition of Queen’s masterpieces was posted online and got double the amount of YouTube views.

Playback.fm posted an all acapella version of “We Are the Champions” featuring a mash-up of the song’s live performances.

“We love Queen and Freddie Mercury, so we’ve edited 4 concert films including a rare recording session of ‘We Are The Champions’ and synced them all up to the isolated vocals in honor of the late, great, Freddie Mercury,” the video’s captions reads. “This video showcases his presence and consistency as the ultimate stage man. RIP Freddie. You are a rock god.”

“We Are the Champions,” which was written by Mercury, was released on Queen’s 1977 album “News of the World.”

Not only it is one of Queen’s most popular songs, but it is one of the most recognized rock anthems in history. And you can see why by watching the moving video below.

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