15 July 2012 – Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody’ selected in England as “The Nation’s Favourite Number One single”. (Source: Brian May Soapbox)

“There was a time when the others wanted to chop ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ around a bit, but I refused. If it was going to be released, it would be in its entirety. We knew it was very risky, but we had so much confidence in that song – I did anyway. I felt, underneath it all, that if it was successful it would earn a lot of respect.”

“People were all going, You’re joking, they’ll never play it, you’ll only hear the first few bars and then they’ll fade it out. We had numerous rows. EMI were shocked – A six-minute single? You must be joking! The same in America – Oh, you just got away with it in Britain.”

Freddie Mercury 🌹
1976 Sounds – Jonh Ingham

*This incredible Freddie Mercury composition spent a total of 14 weeks at the #1 spot and was the first single to reach No 1 twice in the same version by the same artist.

  • It was also #1 in four different years: 1975, 1976, 1991 and 1992

*It’s the only song to be a UK Christmas number one twice by the same artist in 1975 and 1991.

*In 2004, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Freddie’s colossal masterpiece, a timeless classic… Long Live Queen