‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Wasn’t Queen’s Biggest Hit

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is one of the rare songs that everyone knows. Even people without any real knowledge of the band love “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Yet that song wasn’t even the band’s biggest hit. Here are Queen’s five biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

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5. ‘Body Language’

“Body Language” doesn’t get as much attention as “Bohemian Rhapsody” or the band’s others hits, but that doesn’t detract from the song’s greatness. The 1980s was the decade of great basslines, and this is one of the best. The song also saw the band abandoning their usual genre in favor of some prime funk. Although the band was known for their over-the-top music and stage antics, this is a great example of their relatively restrained work – although even relatively restrained Queen still features some campy lyrics and vocal melodies.

4. ‘We Are the Champions’

Give us another song that everybody knows. Whether you’re fan of classic rock, sports, or the computer-animated Disney film Chicken Little, you have heard this song and probably enjoy it. There are dozens of sports anthems out there from “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to “Sweet Caroline,” but none is as universally beloved as “We Are the Champions.” Your favorite sports  team could get absolutely clobbered by their rivals, and you’d still go home feeling like a winner if you heard this song. 

3. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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Here it is: “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s not the most popular song that Queen ever released. It’s not even the second most popular song that Queen ever released. This might be the most popular Queen song today, but it certainly wasn’t their most popular song during their initial run in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

What is there to say about “Bohemian Rhapsody” that hasn’t already been said? In terms of popular appeal, it’s the epitome of the entire progressive rock genre. Through its varied production, the song manages to be moving, cool, campy, over the top, and simple. It’s like listening to three or four different songs in one and each one is perfect. The track isn’t just the band’s greatest calling card, it might just be the greatest rock and roll calling card of the 1970s.

The fact that this song could be this experimental and find such a wide audience is the greatest compliment to the Queen legacy. Like the Beatles before them, Queen managed to innovate without losing their connection to the common man.

2. ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” was Queen looking to the future. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is the band trying to recreate the past. The rockabilly song finds the group perfectly channeling the sounds of legends like Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Little Richard. This song perfected the 1950s throwback before Bruno Mars was even born.

1. ‘Another One Bites the Dust’

There are many great funk rock songs out there, but are any as good as “Another One Bites the Dust?” Nearly forty years after its release, the song still exudes swagger and attitude like few others. Maybe it’s not as iconic as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but it still has a groove for the ages.