Chart Position: 1

  • Written by Roger Deacon
  • Lead vocals: Freddie Mercury
  • Guitar: Brian May
  • Over 4 million copies of this single have been sold
  • #34 on Billboard’s list of 100 all-time top songs
  • Later parodied by ‘Weird’ Al Yancovic as ‘Another One Rides the Bus’ (1980)
  • Produced by Queen and Reinhold Mack
  • Backing vocals: Brian May and Roger Taylor
  • Recorded in Munich Germany
  • Roger Deacon plays most of the instruments
  • This is Queen’s biggest U.S. hit single
  • When the song went to #1 on U.S. R&B charts, many listeners, unaware it was Queen, thought the band was Black
  • The unusual-sounding sustained note is from a backward-recorded piano
  • Singer Michael Jackson convinced Queen to release this song as a single
  • Actor/producer Sylvester Stallone had intended to use this song in a scene from Rocky III; when he could not secure permission he commissioned Survivor to write and record ‘Eye of the Tiger’ (1982)
  • Later recorded y Godeater (2001), Elliot Humberto Kavee (1997), Adam, John Petrucci, Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge (1997), (Phaselifter (2001), Get Hustle (2002) and Holly Wilson (2006)

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