Bohemian Rhapsody

The theme I chose for this year is 


Greatest Hits as suggested by AI


It’s important to note that AI was only used for the song suggestion, not in the actual putting together of the post. 



Today our suggested Greatest Hit is:  Bohemian Rhapsody



Wikipedia tells us this about the song:


"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a song by the British rock band Queen, released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, A Night at the Opera (1975). Written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, the song is a six-minute suite, notable for its lack of a refraining chorus and consisting of several sections: an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock part and a reflective coda. It is one of the few progressive rock songs of the 1970s to achieve widespread acclaim and commercial success and appeal to a mainstream audience.

Mercury referred to "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a "mock opera" that resulted from the combination of three songs he had written. It was recorded by Queen and co-producer Roy Thomas Baker at five studios between August and September 1975. Due to recording logistics of the era, the band had to bounce the tracks across eight generations of 24-track tape, meaning that they required nearly 200 tracks for overdubs. The song parodies elements of opera with bombastic choruses, sarcastic recitative, and distorted Italian operatic phrases. Lyrical references include Scaramouche, the fandango, Galileo Galilei, Figaro, and Beelzebub, with cries of "Bismillah!"

Although critical reaction was initially mixed, retrospective reviews have acclaimed "Bohemian Rhapsody" as one of the greatest songs of all time and is often regarded as the band's signature song. The promotional video is credited with furthering the development of the music video medium. It has appeared in numerous polls of the greatest songs in popular music, including a ranking at number 17 on Rolling Stone's 2021 list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. A Rolling Stone readers' poll ranked Mercury's vocal performance as the greatest in rock history.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks (plus another five weeks following Mercury's death in 1991) and remains the UK's third best-selling single of all time. It also topped the charts in countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the Netherlands, and sold over six million copies worldwide. In the United States, the song peaked at number nine in 1976, but reached a new peak of number two after appearing in the 1992 film Wayne's World. In 2004, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Following the release of the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, it became the most streamed song from the 20th century. In 2021, it was certified Diamond in the US for combined digital sales and streams equal to 10 million units.







Enjoy!




Comments

  1. What a legendary band and what an epic song. Is Freddie the greatest rock singer of all time? You could argue that. Is Bohemian Rhapsody the greatest rock song of all time? It's definitely up there. I love it.

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    1. All excellent questions. I think you are correct that it is definitely high on the list.

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  2. Excellent choice, Mary! I mean, AI! And fascinating reading, Mary! "Bohemian Rhapsody" is about as epic as you can get. Thanks, Mary!

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    1. Hey Arn! I was pleasantly surprised by the list that AI came up with for this month. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I'd wager that any lover of this song finds it nearly impossible to not start singing along whenever it's played.

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    1. Crank it up to eleven and rock out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. One of the most iconic songs in rock history! Thanks for the background info, Mary.

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    1. I learn so much when doing these posts. And it doesn't hurt that it's a great song, either. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. He actually says "Beelzebub"? I don't know why that makes me giggle ;-) Great song! The most streamed song of the 20th century? I am not surprised.

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    1. Isn't it fun to learn little bits of trivia in these things? Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Great song. Loved the movie. I think Rami did a fantastic job.

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    1. I haven't seen the movie yet, but one day.... I will! Thanks for dropping by!

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  7. Is there anyone out there that doesn't love Bohemian Rhapsody? It started out when it came out as one of the best rock songs ever, and I fall more and more in love with it each time I hear it (if increasing my love for it is even physically possible anymore because it must have reached 100% of available love by now). And Freddie? Ditto. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I remember the video when it first came out. I was mesmerized and loved it instantly as well.

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  8. It's a very good and well-done song. It's not its fault that it's been played to death...

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    1. Played quite a bit, but I think it's enjoyed every time.

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  9. Great song. As someone commented above- is there anyone that doesn't like it?

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  10. I l9ve this song no matter how many times it gets played I'm catching up!

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