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Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

August 13, 2009 | 1975, Group, Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody was the first single released from Queen’s fourth album A Night at the Opera. It’s a strange song, which I suppose gives it the uniqueness. It consists of a number of sections including operatic segments, an a cappella passage, and a heavy rock solo put together by Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury.

Even though it nearly wasn’t released as a single it topped the UK chart for 9 weeks and is one of the biggest selling singles in the UK.

The original single was released in early 1976 in the US and was a Top 10 hit reaching Number 9. There was a re-release of the song in 1992, a tie in with the song’s appearance in the film Wayne’s World reaching hit #2.

It is considered by many as one of the greatest rock songs ever recorded.

In the 1970s I did not like this song. Nor was I much of a fan of Queen, although I do seem to like many of their singles and though that their Soundtrack for the movie Flash Gordon made the movie. It wasn’t until after Suzie McNeil did it on Rock Star Supernova that I began to like the song. I suppose that some songs just have to grow on you.

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