Bohemian Rhapsody is a timeless classic by the band Queen, one of the most revolutionary rock bands of England. The song encompasses lyrics that break many cultural barriers while smoothly telling you the story of an unconventional artist. Freddie Mercury, the lead vocalist of the band; tells you about the bohemian lifestyle and willingly questions his existence at the same time.
This song is the 11th track from the band’s fourth studio album “A Night at the Opera” released in 1975. This is the biggest hit from Queen just ahead of “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Killer Queen”. The remastered version of the song along with the official video was released on YouTube back in 2008 on August 1st. As of today, the official video has over 1.4 billion views.
How to Download Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
To download the song, click on the Download button at the end of this review. Check out also the 2018 movie about the band called also Bohemian Rhapsody.
The Song Review
The Legacy of Bohemian Rhapsody
This masterpiece is not limited to any race or age demographic. The song is loved by hardcore rock fans and also avid listeners of the music. Bohemian Rhapsody became a commercial success thanks to the versatility of the artists involved in it.
It is arguably one of the best songs were ever written. It is one of the best-selling rock singles of all time. It was voted the “Song of the Millennium in 2000”. The song was also recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the No. 1 song of all time.
Rolling Stone placed the song at 166th spot on its list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
Commercial & Critical Performance
Although the song has become one of the most popular and revered in music history, the initial critical reactions were mixed.
Bohemian Rhapsody was on the UK Singles Music chart and stayed at the top for nine weeks. The song was released in 1975. By the end of January 1976, over 1 million copies of this song were sold. In the year 1991, after the unfortunate death of Freddie Mercury, the song peaked the music charts for 5 weeks again, and eventually became the 3RD Best Selling number of all time in the United Kingdom.
The song topped charts in different countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Ireland. It went on to sell more than 6 million copies at a global level.
In the US, the song reached ninth spot inyaer 1976. Later the song reached the snumber two spot at the Billboard Hot 100 after it was presented in the film Wayne’s World (1992). In the year 2018, Queen based biopic name “Bohemian Rhapsody” revitalized this song and was introduced to a new generation. The song was also certified Diamond by the RIAA, by the United States for the song’s digital sales and online streaming. All accounted to over 10 million units sold.
Music Video & Composition
The music video is just La Grande. It shows the band performing their soul music in a typical but classy stage setting. All the band members are perfectly dressed for the night. The combined angelic singing by the band members gives it a choir-like feeling.
The display of skill in terms of playing instruments is what gives the music video a charming feeling.
Now let us talk about its musical composition. At its very core, Bohemian Rhapsody is a hard rock and progressive pop song. The song has four distinct sections, a piano ballad, a cappella, opera elements, and hard rock.