Christmas is just around the corner and nothing but holiday music is filling our ears as we shop or drive. There are some songs that are pleasant to listen to and then there are songs that make you think, “This again!” Little do most of us know that one of the greater songs that gained its success during this time of year was actually not a holiday song.
On December 17th, Queen’s official YouTube channel posted a video of a ‘reinterpretation’ of their hit song, Bohemian Rhapsody. While this reinterpretation was particularly unique compared to all the others in the years since it was first released in 1975 because of the talented dancers swaying to the odd melody that is Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s not the only reason this video is unique. It also celebrates the song’s 40th anniversary.
I had never listened to the song before I saw this video, but I’ve been aware of how popular it was, and still is. Out of curiosity one day, I researched what the most popular song in history was, and though, naturally, how good a song is, depends on the listener’s preference, regardless, Bohemian Rhapsody made most of the Top Ten Lists and even made the top for at least one.
That’s impressive—not only that it made those Top Ten Lists and maintained its notable ranking, but also that it even got recognition for its 40th anniversary. Most songs are forgettable after a few months that they’re off the radio stations. Like all those songs that you think you remember from the nineties when you were a kid, you can’t even recall the lyrics to when you actually hear them again, if you ever do hear them again.
After listening to it for the first time, I can understand how it separates so entirely from the Top 40 songs that we hear all the time today. It doesn’t have a poppy, catchy chorus about some sappy love, in fact, what makes the song so interesting is that it’s very complicated, yet intense. Normally for a song to be popular it would probably have to make sense to the most people. Not that writing a song like that would be easy, but I imagine that it would be nothing compared to what Queen and a lot more bands and artists put together to make their music so successful and memorable.
While I’m still getting used to the song’s strangely likeable vibe, I think that it’s great that Queen made it 40 years and they and their music are still on top. Maybe they’ll remain on the lists for the next for forty years.
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