Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The ShortListen: Queen (no. 189)

Who? Queen

What’s the story: So, happy 40th birthday to Bohemian Rhapsody. We all know it, we've all heard it a million times, we even might think we're a bit bored of it. But take this opportunity to press play on the video above and remind yourself that, objectively speaking, it's probably the greatest song ever written. Why? Here's a list: one millisecond in, you know what it is; the vocal layering and harmonies (no autotune here guys); the use of the stereo field; the dynamics; the lyrics. And that's just the first 55 seconds. After that? The stark beauty of the ballad section, Brian May's elegiac solo which follows, the utter, utter inventive craziness of the opera section, the Wayne's World-making hard rock section and the beautiful coda. How the hell did one man write this song? How on earth did they record it? Well, it took three weeks, in four different studios, with some sections having 180 overdubs. Any one of its six sections could have been a hit in its own right. Quite simply, this is the work of a genius, performed by four incredible musicians. And people said it would never be a hit as it was too long. Don't take it for granted: put it on, be reminded of its brilliance and raise a toast to Freddie and the boys.

For fans of: Pretty much every style of music

In three words: Probably the greatest

Click here for more ShortListens

Listen to all of them as they become available, on this Spotify Playlist

Related

Coasts1.jpg

The ShortListen: Coasts (no. 188)

stlucia2.jpg

The ShortListen: St. Lucia (no. 187)

prose1.jpg

The ShortListen: Prose (no. 186)

roycewoodjnr.jpg

The ShortListen: Royce Wood Junior (no. 185)

adelehello.jpg

The ShortListen: Adele (no. 184)

kiiara.jpg

The ShortListen: Kiiara (no. 183)

Comments

More

Check out the exclusive euphoric new video from Tom Chaplin

Here's the promo for 'Still Waiting'

16 Jan 2017

David Bowie's most glorious rejections

Highly selective, and all the better for it

10 Jan 2017

The 17 albums you need in hear in 2017

Get your ears ready for these

by Dave Fawbert
09 Jan 2017

Can You Name 99 Songs From The 90s By A Single Video Screenshot?

09 Jan 2017

The KLF are coming back and this is why you should be excited

‘Transcentral, eternity, sheep’

by Dave Fawbert
05 Jan 2017

The biggest selling UK debut album of 2016 is pretty depressing

Even BRIT Award winner Jack Garratt couldn't top it

by Dave Fawbert
04 Jan 2017

This is the story behind that Bowie mugshot (and what happened next)

by Joe Ellison
01 Jan 2017

If there is any justice in the world this song will be Christmas No. 1

Chip Pan on Fire is the chart-topper we need

by Dave Fawbert
20 Dec 2016

The greatest alternative Christmas playlist

Festive (but not explicitly festive) tunes that you can hammer all year

by Tristan Cross
09 Dec 2016

Bear's Den's Ultimate Playlist

Indie folk Londoners reveal the songs they love

09 Dec 2016