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 A Kind Of Magic (1986 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, taken from the soundtrack of the film 'Highlander', also including A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling, picture sleeve featuring 'The Kurgan' Highlander image. The sleeve shows only minorwear and the vinyl has a just few cosmetic surface scuffs QUEEN7) […]
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Queen - Jazz + Attached Poster - UK - vinyl LP - £125.00, $158.75, €142.50 (New Item) (arrived 11-Jul-2019 15:12)
QUEEN Jazz (Original 1978 UK 13-track vinyl LP with 1U matrices, the seventh studio album by the British rock group produced by Roy Thomas Baker with the band, including the singles Bicycle Race, Fat Bottomed Girls and Don't Stop Me Now. The embossed gatefold sleeve retains its unseparated integral perforated 'nude bicycle race' fold-out poster and laminated picture inner. Both the sleeve & vinyl appear Near Mint with few signs of wear & play. Recommended! EMA788) […]
Queen - A Day At The Races - 1st - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £45.00, $57.15, €51.30 (New Item) (arrived 11-Jul-2019 15:02)
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Queen - News Of The World - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.05, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 09-Jul-2019 12:39)
QUEEN News Of The World (1977 UK first press 11-track LP including We Will Rock You & We Are The Champions, complete with the original die-cut lyric inner. The gatefold picture sleeve shows some wear & the vinyl remains in excellent conditon with few signs of play EMA784) […]
Queen - The Miracle - 180 Gram - UK - vinyl LP - £19.99, $25.39, €22.79 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jul-2019 16:22)
QUEEN The Miracle (2015 UK remastered 10-track LP pressed on Half Speed Mastered Audiophile Quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Black Vinyl, manufactured in Germany. The thirteenth studio album by the British rock band including the singles IWant It All, Breakthru, The Invisible Man and Scandal, glossy picture sleeve with lyric inner sleeve. This example remains factory sealed in the hype stickered shrink) […]