Queen continues to rake in more accolades in the wake of the huge success of the biopic film “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The song after which the film is named has earned a rare chart milestone for the Hot 100 chart dated Nov. 17, Billboard reports.
“Rhapsody” impressively re-entered the Hot 100 at No. 33. This is the track’s first entry to the chart in nearly 26 years (since 1992) when its appearance in “Wayne’s World” spurred the song’s chart resurgence. The incomparable, critically-acclaimed song originally peaked at No. 9 on the chart in the year of its release (1976).
This means “Bohemian Rhapsody” has hit the Hot 100 in three different decades, which is a rare achievement. Per research from Paul Haney also reported by Billboard, Prince’s smash hit “1999” entered the Hot 100 four different times, also over the course of three decades. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” has reportedly also pulled off the same feat.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the film, takes a candid look at the rise of Queen and their late, great frontman Freddie Mercury as one of the biggest rock bands in music history. Rami Malek gives a remarkable performance as Mercury and the band’s epic Live Aid 1985 performance is recreated with painstaking attention to detail (down to the number of Pepsi cups on top of Mercury’s piano).
The song also gets its due focus in the film, as it depicts Mercury plucking out its first instantly recognizable piano notes at the beginning of the track, catching the attention of his lifelong love, Mary Austin (played by Lucy Boynton). There is also a fun sequence involving the recording of the song, in which Malek as Mercury instructs Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor to sing “Galileo” repeatedly, telling him to sing “higher” each time.
As previously reported, the groundbreaking “Bohemian Rhapsody” video hit a YouTube viewing milestone ahead of the movie’s premiere. And, Queen earned a new Top 40 album with the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack.
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