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2012-11-02 09:54:25 AM
Nice, subby. Queen's best song. Too bad this is posting to the desert of the entertainment tab or you would have had some pretty good responses to that. I would have probably amped up the headline a bit by replacing the title "Bohemian Rhaposody" with "that song from Wayne's World," but that's just me.
 
2012-11-02 10:25:48 AM
I can just imagine Freddie explaining the song to the rest of the band. "OK, we start singing this song, then we switch to this song, then another song, then we finish up with this song."
 
2012-11-02 10:37:48 AM

simplicimus: I can just imagine Freddie explaining the song to the rest of the band. "OK, we start singing this song, then we switch to this song, then another song, then we finish up with this song."


By that time the rest of the band knew who they were dealing with and trusted him to bring in the hits.

Now, explaining that to someone that never heard of Queen before would have been priceless.
 
2012-11-02 11:09:48 AM
How many times can the author repeat that it was longer than most songs at the time?
 
2012-11-02 11:10:30 AM
21) That the muppets did it a lot better.
 
2012-11-02 11:18:42 AM
Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.
 
2012-11-02 11:28:54 AM

SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.


Based on Queen songs still used in stadiums, I'd say the public votes for "We will rock you/We are the champions". My favorite is "Who wants to live forever", but explaining that song to people who haven't seen Highlander is futile.
 
2012-11-02 11:37:22 AM

Flab: How many times can the author repeat that it was longer than most songs at the time?


Well, we will probably never see a long song like that again in our lifetime. People have the attention span of a fly.

And there's no doubt it's the greatest rock song Queen ever did, even if it's been completely played to death, it's just a classic.
 
2012-11-02 11:40:34 AM

simplicimus: SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.

Based on Queen songs still used in stadiums, I'd say the public votes for "We will rock you/We are the champions". My favorite is "Who wants to live forever", but explaining that song to people who haven't seen Highlander is futile.


There were rumors that Freddy wrote that song while he was suffering from AIDS, which would have made that song very tragic. But that apparently isn't true.
 
2012-11-02 11:45:53 AM

Cythraul: simplicimus: SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.

Based on Queen songs still used in stadiums, I'd say the public votes for "We will rock you/We are the champions". My favorite is "Who wants to live forever", but explaining that song to people who haven't seen Highlander is futile.

There were rumors that Freddy wrote that song while he was suffering from AIDS, which would have made that song very tragic. But that apparently isn't true.


Rumors or not, what happened to Freddy makes the song even more poignant.
 
2012-11-02 12:41:22 PM

Pocket Ninja: Nice, subby. Queen's best song. Too bad this is posting to the desert of the entertainment tab or you would have had some pretty good responses to that. I would have probably amped up the headline a bit by replacing the title "Bohemian Rhaposody" with "that song from Wayne's World," but that's just me.


Not their best song in my opinion. I always liked "Silent Lucidity" better.
 
2012-11-02 12:44:03 PM

Mark Ratner: Pocket Ninja: Nice, subby. Queen's best song. Too bad this is posting to the desert of the entertainment tab or you would have had some pretty good responses to that. I would have probably amped up the headline a bit by replacing the title "Bohemian Rhaposody" with "that song from Wayne's World," but that's just me.

Not their best song in my opinion. I always liked "Silent Lucidity" better.


That's not a song by Queen, st0000pid! OH my god! How can you be so dumb! You must be, like, the dumbest person eee-eveeerrr!
 
2012-11-02 12:54:45 PM
My favorites are 'dont stop me now' and 'i was born to love you' but that is just me...
 
2012-11-02 12:55:03 PM

Cythraul: 21) That the muppets did it a lot better.


This.

Also, fat bottomed girls make the rockin' world go 'round.
 
2012-11-02 12:56:27 PM

Cythraul: simplicimus: SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.

Based on Queen songs still used in stadiums, I'd say the public votes for "We will rock you/We are the champions". My favorite is "Who wants to live forever", but explaining that song to people who haven't seen Highlander is futile.

There were rumors that Freddy wrote that song while he was suffering from AIDS, which would have made that song very tragic. But that apparently isn't true.


Well, the song was released in 1986, and according to one of his partners, Mercury was diagnosed in March of '87.

There are two whole albums of songs people could choose to layer this bullshiat on without combing the Queen back catalog to find songs with titles they can make "poignant".
 
2012-11-02 12:58:12 PM

Dinobot: 'dont stop me now'


I still haven't decided if Shaun of the Dead ruined that song for me or not. Either way, I'm always going to picture a bunch of people smacking an old zombie with pool cues when that song is playing.
 
2012-11-02 12:59:20 PM

Cythraul: simplicimus: SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.

Based on Queen songs still used in stadiums, I'd say the public votes for "We will rock you/We are the champions". My favorite is "Who wants to live forever", but explaining that song to people who haven't seen Highlander is futile.

There were rumors that Freddy wrote that song while he was suffering from AIDS, which would have made that song very tragic. But that apparently isn't true.


He may not have written it then? But he knew he had it when he was recording the music videos for the Kind of Magic album, and the video for that song with him in front of the candles, it's written all over his face. He looks the same way in that video that his voice sounds in The Show Must Go On.
 
2012-11-02 01:01:16 PM
22. if you play it backwards it makes even less sense
 
2012-11-02 01:02:22 PM

CheetahOlivetti: Dinobot: 'dont stop me now'

I still haven't decided if Shaun of the Dead ruined that song for me or not. Either way, I'm always going to picture a bunch of people smacking an old zombie with pool cues when that song is playing.


how could that ever be a bad thing? 

/Led Zep's Immigrant Song will forever be sung by viking kittens...
 
2012-11-02 01:04:11 PM
Twenty things you a lazy writer never knew about Queen's best song, Bohemian Rhapsody

fixed
 
2012-11-02 01:06:19 PM
It is a classic, no doubt. But I usually skip it when listening to A Night At the Opera- it's so overplayed. You're My Best Friend and Love Of My Life my faves from that one. Don't Stop Me Now and Now I'm Here are probably my overall favorite songs from them. Tough call.
 
2012-11-02 01:08:29 PM
Bohemian Rhapsody gets played on every "Eagle" or "Wolf" classic rock station ad nauseum in the US. The oft ignored "dont stop me now" gets no airplay in America, but tons in the UK. I dont think Bohemian is their best song by a long shot.
 
2012-11-02 01:08:47 PM
What the hell are 'fiddly' bits? Writer sux.
 
kab
2012-11-02 01:10:01 PM
21. NME is terrible, and you should feel terrible for reading it.
 
2012-11-02 01:10:07 PM
A nice version of the song.

Anyone else but me looking forward to the Mercury biopic?
 
2012-11-02 01:12:44 PM

evilmrsock: Cythraul: simplicimus: SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.

Based on Queen songs still used in stadiums, I'd say the public votes for "We will rock you/We are the champions". My favorite is "Who wants to live forever", but explaining that song to people who haven't seen Highlander is futile.

There were rumors that Freddy wrote that song while he was suffering from AIDS, which would have made that song very tragic. But that apparently isn't true.

He may not have written it then? But he knew he had it when he was recording the music videos for the Kind of Magic album, and the video for that song with him in front of the candles, it's written all over his face. He looks the same way in that video that his voice sounds in The Show Must Go On.


Who Wants To Live Forever video - filmed September '86.

Mercury's AIDS diagnosis - March 1987.

Freddie Mercury was so magnificent, apparently he could see into the future.
 
2012-11-02 01:12:50 PM

freetomato: A nice version of the song.

Anyone else but me looking forward to the Mercury biopic?


I'm actually wanting to see the fuller documentary that BBC somebody or other is putting out around the same time or recently just did? I have the Solo Collection book, lovely thing, but I still really like anecdotes from people like Montserrat Caballe (just hospitalized!) and Elton John and other friends outside of Queen proper.
 
2012-11-02 01:14:37 PM
When I was a teenager and Wayne's world came out, my girlfriend at the time decided that this should be the only song ever played forever. I was never really a big fan of Queen, and hearing this song over and over and over again damn near drove me insane. It is definitely one of the reasons we broke up. I just could not take listening to it again. I still won't listen to it.

/like Under Pressure, don't care about anything else Queen.
 
2012-11-02 01:16:31 PM

evilmrsock: freetomato: A nice version of the song.

Anyone else but me looking forward to the Mercury biopic?

I'm actually wanting to see the fuller documentary that BBC somebody or other is putting out around the same time or recently just did? I have the Solo Collection book, lovely thing, but I still really like anecdotes from people like Montserrat Caballe (just hospitalized!) and Elton John and other friends outside of Queen proper.


I watched one recently on LOGO - can't remember the name of it, but the people you refer to were in it, including his long term partner. It was only an hour long so I'm sure it's not the same production.
 
2012-11-02 01:18:42 PM

FirstNationalBastard: evilmrsock: Cythraul: simplicimus: SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.

Based on Queen songs still used in stadiums, I'd say the public votes for "We will rock you/We are the champions". My favorite is "Who wants to live forever", but explaining that song to people who haven't seen Highlander is futile.

There were rumors that Freddy wrote that song while he was suffering from AIDS, which would have made that song very tragic. But that apparently isn't true.

He may not have written it then? But he knew he had it when he was recording the music videos for the Kind of Magic album, and the video for that song with him in front of the candles, it's written all over his face. He looks the same way in that video that his voice sounds in The Show Must Go On.

Who Wants To Live Forever video - filmed September '86.

Mercury's AIDS diagnosis - March 1987.

Freddie Mercury was so magnificent, apparently he could see into the future.


A) You're assuming diagnosis and contraction times to be the same, and not a window of time between contraction and diagnosis? That's just as much of a conjecture as my 6 month+ window of him knowing something was up.

B) The stupid thing is that there's literally a small cult that says yes he could. http://homepages.enterprise.net/sylv/frying.HTM - for amusement only, as I am not out of my goddamn mind.
 
2012-11-02 01:21:31 PM
Who Wants to Live Forever is clearly listed everywhere with Brian May as the sole writer and is clearly about the scene in "Highlander" where the immortal man has to say goodbye to his moral wife.
 
2012-11-02 01:22:01 PM

Dinobot: My favorites are 'dont stop me now' and 'i was born to love you' but that is just me...


Don't Stop Me Now rules! It's one of those songs that immediately puts me in a better mood.
 
2012-11-02 01:23:47 PM

evilmrsock: Cythraul: simplicimus: SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.

Based on Queen songs still used in stadiums, I'd say the public votes for "We will rock you/We are the champions". My favorite is "Who wants to live forever", but explaining that song to people who haven't seen Highlander is futile.

There were rumors that Freddy wrote that song while he was suffering from AIDS, which would have made that song very tragic. But that apparently isn't true.

He may not have written it then? But he knew he had it when he was recording the music videos for the Kind of Magic album, and the video for that song with him in front of the candles, it's written all over his face. He looks the same way in that video that his voice sounds in The Show Must Go On.


But we're overlooking the fact that the lyric is "Who wants to live forever...when love must die." For this to be chillingly poignant, we'd have to learn that Freddy's lover had died before/at the time he wrote the song.
 
2012-11-02 01:26:42 PM
Too many great Queen tunes to pick one as the best but I always liked "It's Late" better than "Bohemian Rhapsody".
 
2012-11-02 01:26:43 PM
I really like the song Mustafa from Jazz.

love the whole jazz album actually. i knew about we will rock you and we are the champions but jazz was the first one that i bought as a kid (of Queen albums). maybe it was the post that came with it.
 
2012-11-02 01:27:02 PM

12349876: Who Wants to Live Forever is clearly listed everywhere with Brian May as the sole writer and is clearly about the scene in "Highlander" where the immortal man has to say goodbye to his moral wife.


That's pretty much what I said upthread. It's a great song in context, but try explaining it to people who haven't seen the movie (Yes, there are such people out there).
 
2012-11-02 01:30:10 PM
Bohemian Rhapsody? Please.

"We are the Champions" is the far superior song.
 
2012-11-02 01:30:50 PM
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2012-11-02 01:30:53 PM

Tanukis_Parachute: I really like the song Mustafa from Jazz.

love the whole jazz album actually. i knew about we will rock you and we are the champions but jazz was the first one that i bought as a kid (of Queen albums). maybe it was the post that came with it.


Well Jazz is just a great album, truly one of Queens best. Fat Bottomed Girls anyone??

Link
 
2012-11-02 01:33:22 PM

Hebalo: evilmrsock: Cythraul: simplicimus: SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.

Based on Queen songs still used in stadiums, I'd say the public votes for "We will rock you/We are the champions". My favorite is "Who wants to live forever", but explaining that song to people who haven't seen Highlander is futile.

There were rumors that Freddy wrote that song while he was suffering from AIDS, which would have made that song very tragic. But that apparently isn't true.

He may not have written it then? But he knew he had it when he was recording the music videos for the Kind of Magic album, and the video for that song with him in front of the candles, it's written all over his face. He looks the same way in that video that his voice sounds in The Show Must Go On.

But we're overlooking the fact that the lyric is "Who wants to live forever...when love must die." For this to be chillingly poignant, we'd have to learn that Freddy's lover had died before/at the time he wrote the song.


So... Brian May wrote the song after Freddie peered into the future and told him what was going to happen?

evilmrsock:

A) You're assuming diagnosis and contraction times to be the same, and not a window of time between contraction and diagnosis? That's just as much of a conjecture as my 6 month+ window of him knowing something was up.



Yeah, but the human capacity for self-delusion being what it is, is anyone really going to say to themselves "I've probably got full blown AIDS and am going to die" before an official diagnosis?
 
2012-11-02 01:36:10 PM

FirstNationalBastard: evilmrsock: Cythraul: simplicimus: SilentStrider: Greatsong, but not my favorite Queen song. That would be Stone Cold Crazy.

Based on Queen songs still used in stadiums, I'd say the public votes for "We will rock you/We are the champions". My favorite is "Who wants to live forever", but explaining that song to people who haven't seen Highlander is futile.

There were rumors that Freddy wrote that song while he was suffering from AIDS, which would have made that song very tragic. But that apparently isn't true.

He may not have written it then? But he knew he had it when he was recording the music videos for the Kind of Magic album, and the video for that song with him in front of the candles, it's written all over his face. He looks the same way in that video that his voice sounds in The Show Must Go On.

Who Wants To Live Forever video - filmed September '86.

Mercury's AIDS diagnosis - March 1987.

Freddie Mercury was so magnificent, apparently he could see into the future.


Yeah and considering the song was written a decade earlier it's unlikely he wrote it about AIDS. Though the lyrics to work eerily well for a man dying of AIDS. Even "Just killed a man, put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger now he's dead" could be interpreted as giving someone AIDS in a pretty graphic metaphor.

But it's not, so it's not.
 
2012-11-02 01:37:19 PM

freetomato: Anyone else but me looking forward to the Mercury biopic?


I want it all, and I want it now!

/fwiw, for me, "best song" is the one that made me bug eyed like I'd never heard what a song was before stumbling on it over the radio: Killer Queen!
//I think I was like 14, so if it weren't that one, something else might have triggered the "now THAT's music!" reaction.
 
2012-11-02 01:40:21 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Yeah, but the human capacity for self-delusion being what it is, is anyone really going to say to themselves "I've probably got full blown AIDS and am going to die" before an official diagnosis?


I gotta be honest? I was never an internationally promiscuous gay dude in the mid 80's. That question doesn't even EXIST anymore in my white middle class world. I'm just talkin' about the gestures and the facial expressions in the video making me feel like I'm looking at a guy taking an opportunity to scream against his fate.
 
2012-11-02 01:47:59 PM
12. It only made No.9 in the States on its initial release but hi-jinks in the Wayne's World car saw it storm all the way to No.2 in 1992. It was held off top spot by Kriss Kross's classic 'Jump'.

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2012-11-02 01:48:13 PM

Free Radical: Too many great Queen tunes to pick one as the best but I always liked "It's Late" better than "Bohemian Rhapsody".



EXCELLENT choice! That is definitely an underrated, under appreciated song. I'm also a big fan of the Alive Killers version of "Brighton Rock".
 
2012-11-02 01:50:07 PM
 
2012-11-02 01:50:08 PM
"Bo Rhap"??

f*cking British publications and their incessant need to create clever nicknames for everything...
 
2012-11-02 01:52:07 PM

fruitloop: 12. It only made No.9 in the States on its initial release but hi-jinks in the Wayne's World car saw it storm all the way to No.2 in 1992. It was held off top spot by Kriss Kross's classic 'Jump'.

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This. Sweet Jesus what the fark was wrong with people?
 
2012-11-02 01:54:10 PM

FirstNationalBastard: There are two whole albums of songs people could choose to layer this bullshiat on without combing the Queen back catalog to find songs with titles they can make "poignant".


This. They sound poignant now, but the ones that really tear you up are the ones he recorded when everyone knew he was dying.

♫ I'm just a singer with a sooooong ♫
 
2012-11-02 01:55:15 PM
Also I like how after 5 or so dumb responses in this thread I haven't buckled down on my favorite song. I think the most Queen song to me, the one that I think just sums up everything worth summing up, might be Millionaire Waltz. It's certainly not the pinnacle of how pop they could be or how rock they could be, but it... resonates as Queenest, I guess.
 
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