Generally regarded as one of the greatest rock songs of all time, Queen’s 1975 hit “Bohemian Rhapsody,” from their album Night at the Opera is still beloved by millions of music fans today. It’s one of my favorites. The song is Queen near their best and shows off the incredible musical talents of not only lead singer Freddie Mercury, but also the skills of Roger Taylor, Brian May, and John Deacon.
Interestingly, though, the song’s influence goes beyond pleasing our ears to pleasing our eyeballs. The music video, which debuted with the song at the time of the original release, is considered to be the birth of the MTV age. The video, which features all four members lit from above (plus their tight white outfits and big hair), popularized the music video. All the effects in the video were achieved during filming, rather than through editing. As a consequence, the video took a mere five hours to edit.