500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Queen, 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Writer: Freddie Mercury
Producer: Roy Thomas Baker
Released: Nov. '75, Elektra
24 weeks; No. 9

According to Queen guitarist Brian May, everyone in the band was bewildered when Mercury brought them a draft of this four-part suite — even before he told them, "That's where the operatic bits come in!" Recording technology was so taxed by the song's multitracked scaramouches and fandangos that some tapes became virtually transparent from so many overdubs.

Appears on: A Night at the Opera (Hollywood)

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