'Bohemian Rhapsody' Voted No 1 Single Of All Time

Queen's operatic masterpiece beat The Beatles and Michael Jackson in a poll by the Official Charts Company.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Voted No 1 Single Of All Time
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Queen's legendary "Bohemian Rhapsody" has been voted the UK's favorite number 1 single of all time. It was confirmed as a national favorite by a poll conducted by the Official Charts Company to celebrate 60 years of the British Singles Chart, which presented the winners via a 60-song countdown on Sunday evening. Other rockers in the top 10 include Oasis with "Don't Look Back In Anger" and The Beatles with "Hey Jude". John Lennon won his own spot with "Imagine". "Bohemian Rhapsody" featured on Queen's fourth album, and sat atop the chart for nine weeks upon its release in 1975. It went on to top the UK charts again in 1976, 1991 and 1992. It was the most expensive recording in history, with more than 180 layers of audio being mixed through a single 24 track tape machine. Engineers were constantly bouncing the audio down to two tracks so they could continue on the other 22 tracks, with the audio going through eight generations of analog tape over three weeks. Here's the full top 10: 01. Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" 02. Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" 03. Adele "Someone Like You" 04. Oasis "Don't Look Back In Anger" 05. The Beatles "Hey Jude" 06. John Lennon "Imagine" 07. Britney Spears " Baby One More Time" 08. Abba "Dancing Queen" 09. Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 10. Kylie Minogue "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" Hear the original song here:
Let's take the opportunity to enjoy this drunk guy singing the entirety of "Bohemian Rhapsody" from the back of a cop car:

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    SwoobGuitar
    OldCouch wrote: Slashiepie wrote: jordo246 wrote: In another 60 years when they do this again it will be something like : 1. Crap 2. Crap 3. Crap 4. Crap 5. Crap 6. Crap 7. Crap 8. Crap 9. Crap 10. Crap And the generation before our said the same thing, and the one before that, and the next generation will say that about the newer one.. don't you guys get bored of parroting the same complaints about music all the time? Did they really say that back then? Could you provide a sourced quote for this, or something?
    A quote: "Music of the next generation sucks. And so does your mom." ~Abraham Lincoln during the American Revolution in 1870.
    GibbonWolf
    I'm not sure if I find this list very legitimate when there's a Britney Spears song on it.
    jordo246
    In another 60 years when they do this again it will be something like : 1. Crap 2. Crap 3. Crap 4. Crap 5. Crap 6. Crap 7. Crap 8. Crap 9. Crap 10. Crap
    nnb
    SwoobGuitar wrote: "Music of the next generation sucks. And so does your mom." ~Abraham Lincoln during the American Revolution in 1870.
    Was this before or after he began hunting vampiers?
    GameSkate
    Someone Like You? Seriously? This is the most boring song of last 10 years.
    RadioTape
    Pretty legit list really. I don't personally like Adele but as that one songwriting thing she does she is good at it. You know the whiney I can't find a man that loves me thing. The kylie one was a bit WTF I was surprised there was no Arcade Fire, David Bowie or Elton John actually because they are normally on these lists. (I'm not saying they should be, i'm jsut surprised) However Your Song by Elton is a classic that I think this list missed.
    EpiExplorer
    Faith in humanity slightly restored! The irony being, its a 6 minute long operatic rock ballad that was way ahead of its time, and still wows people now. Most singles are now electronic/hip hop one hit wonders about 3 minutes long with the same predictable 'friday night partay teim' BS.
    hairydeadperson
    Anyone else endlessly tired of Adelle? Its like yeah i already knew fat singers could get heartbroken too. Plenty of good singers out there and i just dont dig her songs. Which are co written, which kinda makes her seem even more like just an image.
    Skullivan
    It was the most expensive recording in history, with more than 180 layers of audio being mixed through a single 24 track tape machine. Engineers were constantly bouncing the audio down to two tracks so they could continue on the other 22 tracks, with the audio going through eight generations of analog tape over three weeks.
    If that's not determination, then I don't know what is.
    almadacr
    Great song and well deserved , but with such great bands and songs from UK seriously Britney , Kylie and Whitney ??? Something is wrong with this generation .
    Root Beer
    Queen, Lennon, and the Beatles are the only names I could make out through the layers of shiiiiitttt.
    razor888razor88
    mabey I just like Nirvana too much but I would have smells like teen spirit over Britny spears just because what the song did for a generation
    javdoc
    Assuming this is because Stairway was never released as a single and technically unable to contend?
    tonello
    So the only two that are worth a damn on that list are Bohemian and Hey Jude.
    b_flo
    Queen, MJ, The Beatles/John Lennon and ABBA...legit. But the others? What happened to Stairway to Heaven? No Pink Floyd? You'd think Radiohead or Muse would surpass Whitney, Britney and Kylie.
    Gee Halen
    6-String_Madman wrote: dennis.1960 wrote: 02. Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" 03. Adele "Someone Like You" 07. Britney Spears " Baby One More Time" 09. Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 10. Kylie Minogue "Cant Get You Out Of My Head" Replace these with... Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale" The Who "Pinball Wizard" Bowie "A Space Oddity" Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" Jethro Tull "Living in the Past" ...and I'm a happy guy. Jethro Tull... Srsly bro? I'd rather put Metallica's "One" than that garbage.
    "Ummm, we want to thank Jethro Tull for not putting out a record this year..."
    Lemoninfluence
    The only ones I don't completely agree with are Britney Spears and Kylie. The others are/will be classics. checked
    Sammy Mantis
    jordo246 wrote: In another 60 years when they do this again it will be something like : 1. Crap 2. Crap 3. Crap 4. Crap 5. Crap 6. Crap 7. Crap 8. Crap 9. Crap 10. Crap
    That's pretty much what this list here says, apart from Queen, MJ and Beatles.
    corrda00
    A bit more than 100 years ago a 5 movement symphony that lasts over a hour and includes almost 100 different instruments was the norm. The fact that a 5 minute peice of music played by 4 guys is the best our generation has to offer is pretty lame in comparison. My point is that though music has become signifcantly less technical its still great music. Stfu to anyone who says that the last generation was better because Im sure the music you listen to is crap compared to what came before.
    carcass_prowler
    dolly parton worte i will always love you and sings it 1000x better than whitney houston did, but honestly im just bitter
    mattyp90
    To be fair it wasn't just a 'pick the best song ever' poll. As far as I know, this vote was done online (cutting out certain demographics to some degree), and the public could only vote on a predetermined set of 60 songs chosen by 'experts', and they each had to have been a UK No. 1 at some point, ruling out plenty of songs suggested by above comments. So, in light of that, I think that list is pretty good, and accounts for a good mix of tastes in the top 10. And the best song ever won, full stop.
    Slashiepie
    jordo246 wrote: In another 60 years when they do this again it will be something like : 1. Crap 2. Crap 3. Crap 4. Crap 5. Crap 6. Crap 7. Crap 8. Crap 9. Crap 10. Crap
    And the generation before our said the same thing, and the one before that, and the next generation will say that about the newer one.. don't you guys get bored of parroting the same complaints about music all the time?
    dennis.1960
    02. Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" 03. Adele "Someone Like You" 07. Britney Spears " Baby One More Time" 09. Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 10. Kylie Minogue "Cant Get You Out Of My Head"
    Replace these with... Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale" The Who "Pinball Wizard" Bowie "A Space Oddity" Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" Jethro Tull "Living in the Past" ...and I'm a happy guy.
    Maestro1600
    GibbonWolf wrote: I'm not sure if I find this list very legitimate when there's a Britney Spears song on it.
    A lot of hate for this song on here. Now, I'm no pop fan, but it's technically a good song. Sometimes songs come along that are just well crafted pieces that transcend genres. 'Hit me...' isn't a good pop song, it's just a good song. The same way 'Cant get you out of my head' isn't a good dance song, it's just a good song. Same goes for others onthe list. I've never been an oasis fan, I don't own any of their albums, but 'Dont look back in anger' is undeniably a good song. You don't have to choose to listen to any of these songs, but to ignore the craft and skill that went into putting them together is ignorant. But, y'know, lovers gonna love, haters gonna hate, alligators gonna alligate...
    mckenna64
    hairydeadperson wrote: Anyone else endlessly tired of Adelle? Its like yeah i already knew fat singers could get heartbroken too. Plenty of good singers out there and i just dont dig her songs. Which are co written, which kinda makes her seem even more like just an image.
    not writing her own songs isn't too big of a deal, kylie, britney, whitney all didn't write their songs on this list. I agree though that her talents are exaggerated at the moment. She is a reasonable soul singer with a tendency to over sing. There are plenty of similar artist right now, as far as musical strength her 21 album is OK. Nothing classic or music changing but OK. There does seem to be a lot of people praising her though as the new generation musical messiah, so maybe I am just missing something.
    theanarchyman
    mabey I just like Nirvana too much but I would have smells like teen spirit over Britny spears just because what the song did for a generation
    no totaly right man
    qpoitras
    also i love bohemian rhapsody but i think fat bottomed girls is queens best song
    gquady09
    Bohemian Rhapsody did not have 180 layers of audio at any point. The story there is that they had to re-record the operatic vocals so many times, that they wore down the tape.
    mckenna64
    b_flo wrote: Queen, MJ, The Beatles/John Lennon and ABBA...legit. But the others? What happened to Stairway to Heaven? No Pink Floyd? You'd think Radiohead or Muse would surpass Whitney, Britney and Kylie.
    this is songs that reached number 1 only, none of the bands you mentioned ever had a number one. I don't think Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd ever really bothered with singles. I can see why all these artist are here, although I'm not sure Adele will be so high with that song in ten years time, but I can certainly see why people have voted for it. It was one of the biggest songs of 2011, and her album sold crazy amounts.
    baneofmorgoth
    b_flo wrote: Queen, MJ, The Beatles/John Lennon and ABBA...legit. But the others? What happened to Stairway to Heaven? No Pink Floyd? You'd think Radiohead or Muse would surpass Whitney, Britney and Kylie.
    Especially Muse, they seem to have a cult that likes to upvote them on any poll.
    OldCouch
    Slashiepie wrote: jordo246 wrote: In another 60 years when they do this again it will be something like : 1. Crap 2. Crap 3. Crap 4. Crap 5. Crap 6. Crap 7. Crap 8. Crap 9. Crap 10. Crap And the generation before our said the same thing, and the one before that, and the next generation will say that about the newer one.. don't you guys get bored of parroting the same complaints about music all the time?
    Did they really say that back then? Could you provide a sourced quote for this, or something?
    dragozan
    There was bound to be some pop songs on this list, giving its a POPular singles chart. Putting that in mind, it's a pretty solid list, with Queen, MJ and Beatles and, dare I say, Oasis. Abba's completely understandable, as well as Adele (i couldn't escape hearing that dronious song! XD) But yeah, solid list, rather legitimate.
    INSULIN
    BOEHEMIAN RHAPSODY WAS ON A NIGHT AT THE OPERA.DAM THE BEATLES THE WHO ROLLING STONES THE KINKS LED ZEPPELIN SHOULD OF HAD SONGS ON THE LIST
    thf24
    Good job to the voters on no. 1, but I can't stand the typical UG community mentality that pop = crap. Open your minds and realize that whatever you personally don't like isn't universally bad.
    Twistedrock
    6-String_Madman wrote: dennis.1960 wrote: 02. Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" 03. Adele "Someone Like You" 07. Britney Spears " Baby One More Time" 09. Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 10. Kylie Minogue "Cant Get You Out Of My Head" Replace these with... Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale" The Who "Pinball Wizard" Bowie "A Space Oddity" Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" Jethro Tull "Living in the Past" ...and I'm a happy guy. Jethro Tull... Srsly bro? I'd rather put Metallica's "One" than that garbage.
    What the ****, man. Seriously.