Written by Freddie Mercury for the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. It is a six-minute suite, consisting of several sections without a chorus: an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock part and a reflective coda.
The song is a more accessible take on the 1970s progressive rock genre. It was reportedly the most expensive single ever made at the time of its release, although the exact cost of production cannot be determined.
When it was released as a single, “Bohemian Rhapsody” became a commercial success, staying at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies by the end of January 1976.
It reached number one again in 1991 for another five weeks when the same version was re-released following Freddie’s death, eventually becoming the UK’s third-best-selling single of all time.
It is also the only song to be the UK Christmas number one twice by the same artist. It topped the charts in several other markets as well, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and The Netherlands, later becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time selling over 6 million copies worldwide. In the United States, the song originally peaked at number nine in 1976.
It returned to the chart at number two in 1992, and also appeared in the film Wayne’s World, which contributed to the revival of its American popularity.
Although critical reaction was initially mixed, “Bohemian Rhapsody” remains one of Queen’s most popular songs and is frequently considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time.
The single was accompanied by a promotional video, which many scholars consider ground-breaking. Rolling Stone stated that its influence can’t be overstated, practically inventing the music video seven years before MTV went on the air.
The Guardian ranked the music video number 31 on their list of the 50 key events in rock music history, adding it ensured videos would be a mandatory tool in the marketing of music.
In 2004, Bohemian Rhapsody was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2012, the song topped the list on an ITV nationwide poll in the UK to find “The Nation’s Favourite Number One” over 60 years of music, while Mercury’s vocal performance was chosen as the greatest in rock history by readers of Rolling Stone.
For more details about the song, please see addition information on Wikipedia.
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- Queen - Demonstration - UK - Blu Ray Audio - Promo - £35.00, $48.65, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 29-Jul-2021 13:04)
VARIOUS Demonstration (Rare 2013 promotional only High Fidelity Pure Ultra High Quality Audio Blu-ray Disc, encoded as 24-bit/96 kHz or 24-bit/192 kHz linear PCM ("high-resolution audio"), optionally losslessly compressed with Dolby True HD or DTS-HD Master Audio. A demonstration disc for in-store demo's featuring a selection of material from the releases that are available, including Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody along with material from Supertramp, Stevie Wonder, Diana Krall, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Rolling Stones and various classical pieces. Housed in a 'Blu-ray' case with picture inlay)
- Queen - Under Pressure - 4pr - P/S - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.90, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jul-2021 13:38)
QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE Under Pressure (1981 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Soul Brother, housed in a title sleeve with lyrics printed on the reverse. The sleeve displays some light general wear and the vinyl has just light signs of play EMI5250)
- Queen - The Miracle - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $16.68, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2021 13:35)
QUEEN The Miracle (1989 UK sold centre 7" vinyl single, also including Stone Cold Crazy recorded live at The Rainbow, London in 1974. The glossy card picture sleeve shows light wear, whilst the vinyl shows little signs of play QUEEN15)
- Queen - Live Killers - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $48.65, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jul-2021 10:17)
QUEEN Live Killers (1979 UK 22-track double LP, featuring a brilliant collection of tracks recorded live during the European leg of Queen's 'Jazz' world tour between January & March 1979. The gatefold picture sleeve has some light wear from storage & comes complete with the green & red narrative inners, whilst the vinyl is clean & grades EX/EX- with only a few faint hairlines not affecting play EMSP330)
- Queen - We Are The Champions - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.90, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jul-2021 15:06)
QUEEN We Are The Champions (1977 UK 7" vinyl single with 'crest' labels & four prong centre, also includes We Will Rock You, plain die-cut sleeve. The vinyl is excellent with very little play EMI2708)
- Queen - Don't Stop Me Now + Sleeve - UK - 7" vinyl - £18.00, $25.02, €21.06 (New Item) (arrived 19-Jul-2021 13:57)
QUEEN Don't Stop Me Now (1978 UK 7" vinyl single with an intact four prong centre, also including In Only Seven Days. The card picture sleeve shows a little shelfwear while the vinyl remains in excellent condition EMI2910)
- Queen - Calling All Girls - Australian - 7" vinyl - £60.00, $83.40, €70.20 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jul-2021 11:46)
QUEEN Calling All Girls (Rare 1982 Australian solid centre 7" vinyl single on the 'Caterpillar' Elektra label, also incuding Put Out The Fire, within a WEA Records company die-cut paper sleeve as this was not released in a picture sleeve in Australia)
- Queen - Body Language - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £50.00, $69.50, €58.50 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jul-2021 11:47)
QUEEN Body Language (1982 Japanese wide centred 7" vinyl single, also including Life Is Real, unique picture insert with lyrics printed on the reverse. The insert displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played P-1650)