Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Amazing song by and amazing band. This song really goes in deep and shows the amazement of the person within. It is a hard song to sing but it does contain that challenge to try and do. By putting it on you can tell it is going to be good. Deserves to be number 1.
After first hearing it, I immediately liked the song, but I thought the song was intended to be a fun song. After parodying it for a school project, I realized there had to be something more; it wasn't just "random rhyming nonsense" (to quote Freddie). After many years of listening to the song and doing much research, I realize now that this song truly is the greatest song in the history of popular music. Not only is the music arranged in an amazingly complex matter that only a genius can come up with, the lyrics offer thousands of different interpretations that are all correct. It gets people thinking and exchanging opinions and ideas and can even give people a different view of the song. My personal opinion is that the song is about grieving and dealing with the hardships of life, with each of the five parts of the song representing one of the five stages of grief (Intro - Denial, Ballad - Depression, Operatic Section - Bargaining, Hard Rock Section - Anger, Outro - Acceptance). I think Freddie wrote it about his life at the time, but I won’t go into it. There is no clear cut meaning to this song like there is to other songs on this list; this song requires you to think, which makes it true art. I don’t know if it’s the greatest song of all time because music has existed as long as people have existed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. But out of all the songs on this list, this is the best. It's not clear as day because all of these songs are tremendous, and the fact that Bohemian Rhapsody is mentioned with songs like Stairway to Heaven and Imagine, that’s amazing itself. But my unbiased opinion is that this song is the best, written by one of the few true artists in the history of music.
Sorry if my comment was long.
Long Live Queen. Long Live the King of Queen.
Hey, here is the song! Please stop degrade Queen through your comments, I think Queen is really underrated... Who was able to sing "The Show Must Go On" with the AIDS? Only Freddie Mercury, no seriously, Freddie was the best vocalist in the rock history, he sang with Pavarotti, at the opera, and Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor are genius too! This song is just a masterpiece! There is no chorus, there are just parts ( Intro, piano, opera, hard rock, end ). I really like all the rockband, the Beatles, Led Zepp, and lots of other! But really, all the members of Queen were good singers, all the songs of Queen, ( about 230 ) except 1 have a chorus, it's just enormous all what they make to do one song! I think you should listen other songs than We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, ok they're awesome, but just listen their five first albums! And all their albums ( 16 )! But please please stop saying that Bohemian Rhapsody is bull, just listen it, and then listen a "classic song" from Queen or other band, you'll see the difference
Stairway to Heaven is good, But Bohemian Rhapsody cannot be beat, it has the perfect lyrics, much better than those of Stairway to Heaven.
Lyrics, Edge: Rhapsody
Stairway has the Greatest solo of all time, But Rhapsody is up there.
Music, Edge: Stairway
Freddie mercury is still the unchallenged greatest vocalist of all time.
Vocals, Edge: Rhapsody
No disrespect to Stairway, but it finishes second to the perfect song:
I remember being a freshman in high school, a member of my high school band. It had been a tradition passed on many generations to sing to and from band-related events on the "Band Bus". We sang songs like Ice Ice Baby and Baby Got Back, but Bohemian Rhapsody was our favorite. It was funny, because I had never heard the song before I heard my band elders sing it. One night we had come home from watching Les Miserables, which we did our marching band show on that year. We were all teary-eyed from the intensity of the movie and what it meant to us as a whole, as a band. We finished off the night by getting treated to dinner at a fancy-ish restaurant. The night was the last time the Seniors of the band would be together to sing, and it was tangy bittersweet. A few minutes into the ride home, after the laughter and thrill had died down, someone started Bohemian Rhapsody. Soon everyone joined in and we sang with this unmatched passion, with tears in our eyes because it would be the last time we sang together as a band, as a family. I will never forget that night, and will never forget what this song means to me. I'm a junior in high school now, and this song is still my favorite.
RIP Freddie. You rock.
The Best song ever is BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY! It is not just a song, but a MASTERPIECE of epic proportions!
Freddie Mercury, the genius creator of this amazing gem, used SIXTY CHORDS (! ) as opposed to the normal 3 chords of a regular song! But more than that, it is a phenomenal marrying of genres, opening up the world of rock to the elusive world of opera.
It has everything, mystery, beauty, intrigue, and such depth and complexity. And it sounds absolutely AWESOME! Such is the genius and magic of Freddie Mercury and QUEEN!
THE BEST EVER!
Oh My God! With it's story of a son and mother is just so emotional! The vocals of the Freddie Mercury was just mesmerizing. The arrangements were so flawless. Just the thought of Queen composing their songs gives me chills. I want to cry every time I hear/sing it. Reminds me of my mom who died of Breast Cancer when I was 10. LONG LIVE QUEEN!
The song that broke the 3min play rule for radio.
Brian May recalled recording "Bohemian Rhapsody" in Q Magazine March 2008: "That was a great moment, but the biggest thrill for us was actually creating the music in the first place. I remember Freddie coming in with loads of bits of paper from his dad's work, like Post-it notes, and pounding on the piano. He played the piano like most people play the drums. And this song he had was full of gaps where he explained that something operatic would happen here and so on. He'd worked out the harmonies in his head. "
A classic masterpiece. Everybody loves this song. If you haven't heard of it already, listen to this AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Mercury's struggle to come out of the closet and the thought of suicide in his head brings great drama. In the song, he writes a letter to his mother stating he has just killed a man accidentally, which brings more stress into his head and gives the listeners more emotion to the song. The power in Mercury's voice, the guitar and piano are brought into beautiful harmony to my ears. This song is amazing and one of the best songs of all time.
When, in the spring of 1975, Freddie Mercury first put pen to paper to write those immortal first words--"Mama, just killed a man"-- ; when Brian May broke into that huge, searing heavy rock break; when Queen went into the recording booth together to perform the vocal layers of the full operatic refrain; when DJ Kenny Everett played an "acquired" tape of the track 14 times over two shows on his London Capital Radio morning show on the same weekend... No one could have had an idea that Bohemian Rhapsody was history in the making.
40 Years of Queen, 24, Harry Dohetry
Freddie Mercury's skill with writing lyrics is shown here in this one peice of brilliance. Just under 6 minutes of pure awesomeness. There are other songs that are great in their own right, but Bohemian Rhapsody puts together numerous styles of music and combine that with Freddie's voice becomes legend. Bound not to succeed when it got released, it surprised everyone and became the best song in the world with everyone in the world knowing it, and there is not one person alive who doesn't like it.
How this song never made it to number one on the U.S. pop charts will be something that never ceases to make me wonder! If there is one song that incorporates more different genres of music all rolled into one then you'll have to tell me because I sure can't think of what it is! The most diverse song in pop history could only be made by the most diverse pop group in rock n' roll history. They may have gone by the name of "Queen" but when it came to diversity they were definitely king! - Gigantuous_Guy
Best Song Ever.
I'm From a small town of India, Where People don't usually listen to songs like this..
They just listen genres like Hard Rock, Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, Pop etc...
I heard this song 5Years ago... I was watching MTV & the 1986 Aids Concert Performance were on the Television. I just remembered the Chorus :"Mama I just killed a man... " And Googled it;).
And so just Got the Best Song Ever...! "
Phenomenal genius music and lyrics. Not to mention the incredible Freddie mercury being the writer and singer of this works of art and emotion. I says works because he said that he put at least 2 songs together and came up with this incredible works. Just listening to the first line hooks you line and sinker! After that you are lost in it. Forget your troubles.. This poor boy has troubles bigger than yours or mine..,so it still gets my number 1.
When I was 14 I first listened to it. My school mates thought I was a bit weird for liking it. I already had fallen in love with singles like One Vision or Tear It Up, but when I heard "Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia" I thought that was it, that would never be improved, ever. I guess my school mates were wrong...
Dude, no freaking doubt about this one. this song is just absolutely amazing, it's like jesus coming down to earth, this song is the song of songs, and it reminds us what real music is, not just a bunch of superficial sexist mtv artists with their stupid meaningless songs, but what music can be, and what it brings to us.
This song is in a class by itself, there is nothing to compare it to then or now. The piano, the composition, the changes, everything is genius and everyone knows the words, you can't not sing it out loud when it's on! Freddie Mercury- "I won't be a rock star, I'll be a legend. " Indeed, he became one composing Bohemian Rhapsody.
Queen is my all time favorite band and freddie mercury is the greatest singer ever. There is no argument that this is the best song ever written, and it was through the greatest musical artist in history. My greatest wish is to be able to attend a queen concert, unfortunately we lost freddie and that can't happen. But I will always love this song and be content.
Its like the national anthem for rock fans like amazing grace right through to twinkle twinkle the song to most seems like it has always been around, like it always existed, it set the frame work that changed music creativity right from the moment Kenny Everett teased music fans by playing the intro then turning it off! Its more than a song, it's a way of life
Wanted to vote for Avenged Sevenfold, but this is where my common sense sent me. I mean, this song is THE song. Who hasn't listened to this song and seen instant inspiration? Not to mention I can play it on Guitar Hero in Expert. But hey, that's just me. If you haven't heard this song and had an epiphany, then something is severely wrong with you.
Whilst I personally feel Queen's greatest song is either the Prophet Song or It's Late, I think Bohemian Rhapsody just captivates a wider audience than those songs. Where those other songs are musically intelligent, Bohemian Rhapsody is not only musically intelligent- there is a mix of lunacy that just adds the extra "spice" too the song. Also let's not forget the music video that accompanied it!
Bohemian Rhapsody is just real quality. I can't believe that those other sons are even on the list. This song is so good that the other songs should even be here. I love how queen makes this song slow, but it still sounds hard core, and it is an amazing song
In my opinion, Bohemian Rhapsody is an artistic anthem and It makes me sick that music companies produce these stupid sexistic songs right now. I was born 2 years after Freddie's death but I'm a big fan of Queen.
This is a truly Amazing Song. Queen is down in history as one of the greatest bands of all time. This song is also a masterpiece because it shows that Queen can mix a Power Ballad With Some Hard Rock, Decent Piano solos, and guitar, And Opera right in the middle. So yes This Song is, To me, the Most Important Piece Of Music Ever Achieved. - Beatlesboy9
It's a good mixture of electric guitar, piano, and vocals. Freddie Mercury and the whole entire band are very talented, making this song one of the most nostalgic in existence. Plus, that Galileo part is hilarious! There's also a lot of emotion in it, as he can't really accept the truth. It is one of the most unique songs, and no other is like it. - ethanmeinster