Freddie Mercury’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody hits the screens next week. The film has received positive to mixed reviews among international audiences, with much appreciation to Rami Malek’s performance. Even when the first look of the film was out, he was praised for his uncanny similarity to the musical icon and it seems that the Mr. Robot actor has completely encompassed the spirit of aapro Freddie in this character. While we cannot wait to watch him on the big screen, it is the music that has us most excited for the film. We can expect originals and renditions of Queen songs with snippets from Freddie Mercury’s live concerts. Here is our list of the top 10 songs we wish to see in the film:
10. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Written by Freddie Mercury, this peppy number appears on the band’s compilation album, Greatest Hits. This was also the song he sang the first time he played guitar in concert with Queen and later live at Wembley in 1986. We wish either one, if not both performances, is recreated in the film.
9. Another One Bites The Dust
Written by Queen’s bass guitarist John Deacon and known for its catchy beats, this song was a worldwide hit. It won an American Music Award for Favorite Rock Single and also garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
8. Don’t Stop Me Now
The song starts off slow but then picks up and gives you one hell of a time. A classic Queen number with multitrack harmony vocals for the chorus, this one was also written by Freddie Mercury. It appears in the trailers of the film, so we are quite sure that it will feature in the film too.
7. Under Pressure
One of Queen’s biggest hits, this song was such a cult hit that Vanilla Ice borrowed its bassline for his popular track Ice Ice Baby. It was co-written by David Bowie, John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, and Roger Taylor and played live at every Queen concert since 1981.
6. Killer Queen
Queen’s first international hit is most likely to feature in the film. Based on a high-class call girl, this track too was written by Freddie Mercury and regularly performed by the band between 1974 and 1981 as part of a medley. The song also won Freddie his first Ivor Novello Award.
5. I Want To Break Free
Written by John Deacon, this song became popular for its music video which showed Freddie Mercury and the other band members dressed up in women’s clothes. While we would love to see the music video on the big screen, it will be even better if it were recreated with Rami Malek and others.
4. The Show Must Go On
Co-written by John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, and Roger Taylor, this song features as the final track on Queen’s 1991 album Innuendo. It is deeply moving, especially since it chronicles the lead singer’s efforts to perform despite his health issues towards the end of his life.
3. We Are the Champions
Written by Freddie Mercury, this song was one of the biggest cult hits of all time. It became a victory anthem for various sporting events and the official theme song for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. It has also been termed as the catchiest tune in the history of popular music.
2. We Will Rock You
One of Queen’s most popular songs, this was written by Brian May and placed at number 146 on Rolling Stone’s “Songs of the Century” list in 2001. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009. Ever since its release, it has been covered, remixed, and even parodied by various artists.
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
Freddie Mercury’s six-minute suite was such a commercial success that his biopic came to be named after it! The song became UK’s third-best-selling single of all time after Freddie’s death. There is no doubt that it will feature in the film but whether it will be a recreation or the original remains to be seen.
How excited are you to see Freddie Mercury come live once again in Bohemian Rhapsody? Just wait a little longer because the release is right around the corner. Until then, stay tuned for updates on the movie and our review.