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 - Sheer Heart Attack - 2nd + Inner - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $32.25, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 03-Apr-2020 18:20)
QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack (1974 UK second issue 13-track vinyl LP, the third studio album from the British rock group, including Stone Cold Crazy, Now I'm Here, Killer Queen and Brighton Rock. The fully laminated picture sleeve with the Queen crest on the back [but without the 'Trident' logo] has just light signs of shelfwear but comes with the angle-corned lyric inner which has been reinforced with a small piece of selotape to the bottom edge, the vinyl has just light signs of playwith a few minor surface scuffs and remains in EX condition EMC3061)
Queen - A Night At The Opera - Rock Saws 500 Jigsaw - UK - Toy - £19.99, $25.79, €23.39 (New Item) (arrived 31-Mar-2020 14:51)
QUEEN A Night At The Opera - Rock Saws 500 Jigsaw (Alleviate the boredom of self-isolation with this official Rock Saws 500-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring the artwork from Queen's iconic A Night At The Opera album cover, featuring their Royal Crest illustration. Once completed this puzzle measures 410mm x 410mm. Housed inside its FACTORY SEALED picture box RSAW034PZ)
Queen - A Day At The Races - Rock Saws 500 Jigsaw - UK - Toy - £19.99, $25.79, €23.39 (New Item) (arrived 31-Mar-2020 14:49)
QUEEN A Day At The Races - Rock Saws 500 Jigsaw (Alleviate the boredom of self-isolation with this official Rock Saws 500-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring the artwork from Queen's iconic A Day At The Races album cover, featuring the Royal Crest illustration. Once completed this puzzle measures 410mm x 410mm. Housed inside its FACTORY SEALED picture box RSAW035PZ)
Queen - News Of The World - Rock Saws 500 Jigsaw - UK - Toy - £19.99, $25.79, €23.39 (New Item) (arrived 31-Mar-2020 14:44)
QUEEN News Of The World - Rock Saws 500 Jigsaw (Alleviate the boredom of self-isolation with this official Rock Saws 500-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring the artwork from Queen's iconic News Of The World album cover, featuring 'Frank' the robot.Once completed this puzzle measures 410mm x 410mm. Housed inside its FACTORY SEALED picture box RSAW033PZ)
Queen - A Night At The Opera - 1st - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $32.25, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 30-Mar-2020 14:19)
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (1975 UK first issue 12-track LP with picture labels, including Bohemian Rhapsody & You're My Best Friend. Comes housed in the original embossed gatefold picture sleeve with illustrated inner. The cover [VG+] has some discolouring & light storage wear, whilst the vinyl grades VG+/EX- with a few spindle marks & the odd paper scuff not affecting play EMTC103)
Queen - We Are The Champions + p/s - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $25.80, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 26-Mar-2020 15:34)
QUEEN We Are The Champions (1977 UK 7" single with 'crest' labels and intact four prong centre, also including the classic We Will Rock You, flipback card picture sleeve. The sleeve dsplays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played EMI2708)
Queen - Scandal - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $19.35, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 26-Mar-2020 15:30)
QUEEN Scandal (1989 UK 7" vinyl single, also including My Life Has Been Saved. The glossy picture sleeve displays only light wear and the vinyl has only light signs of play QUEEN14)
Queen - Radio Ga Ga - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.32, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 26-Mar-2020 08:45)
QUEEN Radio Ga Ga (1984 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including I Go Crazy. The paper picture sleeve has minimal shelfwear and the vinyl looks barely played QUEEN1)