Eight Freddie Mercury chartbusters that we can’t stop singing

Farrokh Balsara, the flamboyant Freddie Mercury spent most of his childhood in India. When the family moved to England, the young lad defied conventions and shattered stereotypes to quickly become the face of the rock band, Queen. The band’s swift rise to stardom is the stuff dreams are made of. This month’s new release, Bohemian Rhapsody, focuses on the music of the band, and the life of its charismatic vocalist. As the film sets the box office buzzing, we take a look at some of Queen’s greatest chartbusters.

1. Under Pressure

A duet recorded with another Rock great, David Bowie. This was recorded for the 1982 album, Hot Space. Mercury showed off his exceptional vocal skills in a sublime, matchless performance. Under Pressure was played at every single concert of Queen from 1981 until they stopped touring in 1986

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2. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Written in 1979 as an ode to Elvis Presley, Crazy Little Thing Called Love was included in Queen’s 1980 album, The Game. The song was the band’s first number one single on Billboard USA, remaining on the top for four weeks. Mercury reportedly composed this song while lounging in a bathtub. Its infectious beat will definitely have you singing along

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3. Another One Bites The Dust

Freddie Mercury’s powerful vocals added panache and passion to bassist John Deacon’s composition. This Grammy-nominated single was included in the album, The Game. It is one of Queen’s most commercially successful tracks, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. It is also credited as Queen’s best-selling single

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4. Radio Ga Ga

Written by drummer Roger Taylor in 1984, Radio Ga Ga was an astounding success. Included in the album, The Works, Radio Ga Ga reached number one position in 19 countries. Queen performed this song live at the Live Aid concert in 1985. Mercury’s vocals mesmerised the audience

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5. Mustapha

The single from the album, Jazz (1978), Mercury paid tribute to his Parsi roots. The lyrics were a mixture of Persian, Arabic and English. Freddie’s amazing vocal acrobatics and Queen’s fabulous rock music made this single one for the ages

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6. We Will Rock You

Written by Brian May and performed acapella fashion, We Will Rock You was recorded for News Of The World (1977). It was also released in 1977 as a single along with We Are The Champions. One of Queen’s best-loved tracks, We Will Rock You has become the unofficial sports anthem all over the world

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7. We Are The Champions

Mercury wrote We Are The Champions as a companion piece to May’s We Will Rock You. It has often been referred to as the ‘catchiest song in popular music’. This song has become the anthem for winners at sports events, including the official theme song for the 1994 FIFA World Cup

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8. Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody was initially rejected by Queen’s recording label as ‘too long’. Today, it is considered the most definitive song of Freddie’s – and Queen’s – oeuvre. It was initially released as a single. Considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004

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