Bohemian Rhapsody
Single by Queen from A Night at the Opera
Released 31 October 1975
Length 5:56
Genre A capella rock, classical rock, operatic rock, hard rock
Label EMI, Elektra, Parlophone, Hollywood
Writer Freddie Mercury
Musicians Mercury, May, Deacon, Taylor
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker, Queen

Single Chronology
Last single Now I'm Here (1975)
This single Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)
Next single You're My Best Friend (1975)
Last track Good Company
This track Bohemian Rhapsody
Next track God Save the Queen
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is an operatic rock song from the A Night at the Opera album, written by Freddie Mercury. The track is in the style of a stream-of-consciousness nightmare that has unusual song structure, more akin to a classical rhapsody rather than popular music. The song has no chorus, instead consisting of three main parts: including an operatic segment, an a cappella passage, and a heavy rock solo, incorporating a brief intro and outro.

When it was released as a single, "Bohemian Rhapsody" became a huge commercial success, staying at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks. It reached number one again in 1991, following Freddie Mercury's death, achieving total sales of 2,176,000 thus becoming the UK's third best selling single of all time - beaten only by Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997".

The single was accompanied by a promotional video; considered groundbreaking, as it helped establish the visual language of the modern music video. Although critical reaction was initially mixed, particularly in America, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is often considered to be Queen's magnum opus and one of the greatest songs of all time.

Use in filmEdit

  • The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • Strange Brew (1983)
  • This is Spinal Tap (1984)
  • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  • Sid and Nancy (1986)
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
  • The Doors (1991)
  • Out for Justice (1991)
  • Thelma & Louise (1991)
  • The Last Boy Scout (1991)
  • Wayne's World (1992)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • Airheads (1994)
  • Empire Records (1995)
  • Showgirls (1995)
  • Broken Arrow (1996)
  • A Time to Kill (1996)
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
  • Conspiracy Theory (1997)
  • Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
  • High Fidelity (2000)
  • The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
  • Coyote Ugly (2000)
  • The Art of War (2000)
  • Get Carter (2000)
  • Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)
  • Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • Rock Star (2001)
  • Suicide Squad (2016)
  • Sing (2016)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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