6 Fantastic Cover Versions of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
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With the success of the Freddy Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, the world has gone crazy for Queen, again. Why not? The band's music is timeless, perfect rock and roll.
The band's crowning achievement may be their song "Bohemian Rhapsody." It was written by Mercury and originally appeared on their 1975 album A Night at the Opera.
If you're new to the planet Earth, or maybe just waking up from a century-long nap, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is an epic song combining elements of a classic rock ballad, opera, and kick-butt rock and roll into one amazing audio adventure.
One way you can tell it is a great song is that it can be interpreted in many ways, still hold the original power, while exploring new elements in other genres. Like in these six fantastic cover versions.
The Braids was a short-lived late 90's R and B duo consisting of Zoe Ellis and Caitlin Cornwell. In 1996 they recorded this cover for the soundtrack of the movie High School High. The song was produced by Stephan Jenkins of Third Eyed Blind fame.
Gonzo, chickens, Animal, is there anything better?
This acapella group gained notice by covering popular songs on their YouTube channel. So, it's no surprise that they took a turn at "Bohemian Rhapsody," with only their voices as instruments.
London Symphony Orchestra
Conquering yet another genre, the song is taken to a new level by the London Symphony Orchestra
Hayseed Dixie is a bluegrass band from Tennessee. Their version is just fun!
Perhaps the greatest cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the history of humans making noise? Only future generations can truly judge, but I vote YES!
Finally, let's close-out with the original.
If you want to take your own deep dive into the music of Queen here are a couple of great starters:
Greatest Hits I, II, and III
This is the place to start a journey into Queen. It's an awesome, compressive collection spanning all of the band's career.
Queen Rock Montreal + Live Aid
This video is probably the best way we have to experience Queen live. You'll see the legendary performance at Live Aid in all it's glory.