Every generation has its defining music the songs that stop you in your tracks when they play at a bar, that everyone stands up and sings along to at weddings and parties. Then there are the songs that transcend generations, withstanding decades of evolution in the music industry. That’s the magic of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Oct. 31.
That’s the magic of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Oct. 31. The 6-minute song has been parodied, covered, quoted, and salient throughout pop culture for four decades, with no end in sight. To commemorate this milestone, we ranked some of its most memorable covers over the years.
What seems like a perfectly benign YouTube video from Post.Hollywood takes a twisted turn when the young heroes receive a sign from above…in the form of William Shatner’s face, singing and speaking “Bohemian Rhapsody” from among the stars. The Mufasa-esque apparition sings the entire song, with on-screen lyrics, and long, gratuitous shots of a creepy, animatronic fake-Shatner face. The video debuted in 2011, but feels more fit for a post-“Too Many Cooks” world. Or no world, for that matter.
No song is impervious to the sorcery of Weird Al, and “Bohemian Polka” is a classic Yankovic treatment. The tempo gets a frenzied increase, polka instruments, and an upbeat ending. Read more…