List of Bohemian Rhapsody cover versions
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- 1 List
- 2 The Braids version
- 3 The Muppets version
- 4 Panic! at the Disco version
- 5 References
- 6 Further reading
- 7 External links
|1987||Fuzzbox||On their 1987 single "What's The Point"|
|1987||Bad News||This spoof rock band (created for the UK Channel 4 TV series The Comic Strip Presents...) also released "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a single. It reached number 44 in the UK Singles Chart. It featured on the album Bad News. The cover version was produced by Brian May. A 12inch version was released as well ending completely different, when during the last guitar break a false chord was played and the song stops whilst being shouted 'fuck basterds, I played the wrong chord'. The 12inch version then continues with some studio chatter and a 'bad news version' of Pretty Woman.|
|1988||Paige, Elaine||The Queen album|
|1990||Cud||On the anti-poll tax compilation album Alvin Lives (In Leeds).|
|1992||Queen + Elton John and Axl Rose||Elton John and Axl Rose performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" in The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. This version showed John playing the first verse of the ballad section in keyboards, and later singing in the front stage accompanied by Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor (Spike Edney plays the rest of the vamp until the operatic section). After the taped Opera section, Axl Rose appeared using a microphone similar that Mercury used in his live concerts; the Outro section was played in duet showing Rose's appreciation to John.|
|1993||Yankovic, "Weird Al"||A polka cover named "Bohemian Polka" on his album, Alapalooza.|
|1993||Comic Relief||A parody of the original video by celebrities from major UK TV networks on the BBC telethon|
|1995||Dream Theater||The album A Change of Seasons features the live track "The Big Medley", a cover song medley that includes a segment of "Bohemian Rhapsody."|
|1996||Harris, Rolf||This version reached the British charts for one week at #50|
|1996||The Braids||High School High soundtrack album. See section|
|1996||Magic Affair||Released as a single and as part of the "Queen Dance Traxx I" compilation.|
|1997||Montserrat Caballé with Bruce Dickinson||On album Friends For Life|
|1998||Molotov||As "Rap, Soda y Bohemia", on the album Molomix|
|1998||Faye Wong||Performed the song on her concert - Faye Wong Scenic Tour 1998-99.|
|2001||Ours||Released as a limited edition CD single|
|2001||Paul de Leeuw||Dutch singer and TV personality, performed the song during his live shows in Ahoy Stadium in Rotterdam in 2000, released on single and album (zingen terwijl u wacht). The performance however was rather poor and falsely sung.|
|2004||Carolina Crown||Drum & Bugle Corps performed as the closer for their "Bohemia!" show.|
|2004||Valensia||Released his "Queen Tribute" album with Bohemian Rhapsody on it.|
|2005||Side A||Filipino Album Side A Gig (All Hits Live). The cover was also performed live.|
|2005||DeLisle, Grey||Album Iron Flowers. A shortened rendition, covering only the ballad portion of the song to a much slower melody.|
|2005||Flaming Lips, The||Album Killer Queen. The cover was also performed live.|
|2005||Constantine Maroulis||Album Killer Queen. With the cast of We Will Rock You.|
|2005||Edgar Cruz||DVD Arranging for Solo Guitar / The Queen Titles.|
|2005||G4||First performed on first series of The X-Factor, released as a single which became #9 in the UK charts. It was included on their self-titled album|
|2005||McNeil, Suzie||On the CBS reality show Rock Star: INXS|
|2005||Children in Need||A selection of BBC News presenters perform the song on the BBC telethon|
|2007||CollegeHumor||A parody entitled, "Brohemian Rhapsody", set in a fraternity house|
|2007||Moymoy Palaboy||A lip-syncing rendition of the song.|
|2007||Newton Faulkner||An acoustic cover of the song. YouTube.|
|2008||Autumn, Emilie||Recorded on the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun & Bohemian Rhapsody Double Feature EP and frequently performed live in concert.|
|2008||Rajaton||Recorded on the Rajaton sings Queen with Lahti Symphony Orchestra and on several occasions performed live in concert.|
|2009||Muppets, The||see section|
|2009||Pink||Funhouse Tour, and subsequent DVD release|
|2010||Prince Poppycock||On America's Got Talent|
|2010||Jonathan Groff in Glee||Featured on the TV show in the episode "Journey", and released on the EP Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals|
|2010||Never Shout Never||From the album Punk Goes Classic Rock|
|2010||Hayseed Dixie||From the album Killer Grass|
|2010||Jake Shimabukuro||A ukulele instrumental version from the album Peace Love Ukulele|
|2010||Batesmotelpro||A Turkish lottery advertisement by YouTube phenomenon group Batesmotelpro.|
|2011||William Shatner||From the album Seeking Major Tom|
|2011||Pato Fu||From the album Música de Brinquedo Ao Vivo|
|2011||Carolina Crown||Drum & Bugle Corps reprised their 2004 performance for their "Rach Star" show.|
|2012||Robert Wilkinson||A video featuring Robert Wilkinson (after being arrested for drunk driving by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Edson, Alberta) singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the police car during the ride to the police station, titled "Arrested Drunk Guy sings Bohemian Rhapsody," became famous on YouTube|
|2012||Jessica Sanchez||On the American Idol season 11 Top 6 performance show|
|2012||Dalagita||X Factor Indonesia audition|
|2012||The Protomen||From the album Present: A Night of Queen|
|2012||Between The Buried And Me||As part of an encore of their 2012 European tour with Periphery and The Safety Fire; the band played after the tapped operatic section to the end before playing "Mordecai"|
|2013||Puscifer||From the EP "Donkey Punch the Night"|
|2013||Florent Mothe||From the album Rock in Chair|
|2013||A Capella Science (Tim Blais)||A parody titled "Bohemian Gravity" was released on YouTube. The parody describes string theory and was created by Tim Blais, performing under the name A Capella Science.|
|2014||School Principal, James Detwiler; Teacher, Chad Caddell||"Snowhemian Rhaspody", a parody school closing announcement that went viral on YouTube. Performed by Stephens Elementary School Principal, James Detwiler and drama teacher, Chad Caddell in Burlington, KY, the video appeared on the Katie Curic Show, the Today Show, and other worldwide news outlets, and accumulated 2.2 million hits before YouTube removed the video for a copyright dispute.|
|2014||The Forest Rangers feat. The White Buffalo, Billy Valentine & Franky Perez||A cover for the premiere episode of Season 7 of Sons of Anarchy, plays when the protagonist, Jax Teller tortures and kills an innocent man whom he believes is the murderer of his wife.|
|2014, 2016||Panic! at the Disco||see section|
|2015||Kanye West||Performed the song on Glastonbury Festival.|
|2015||Lake Street Dive||Performed the song for their annual Halloween video. They said "Happy HallowQueen!!!! Here's our version of BOOhemian Rhapsody!".|
|2015-16||Between the Buried and Me||Performed the song as an encore at many shows on The Coma Ecliptic Tour and recorded the song for a 7" vinyl release which included Queen-inspired artwork on the sleeve.|
|2016||Billy Watman||Sky Arts TV channel released a trailer for the 2nd series of Guitar Star of 14-year-old Billy Watman playing "Bohemian Rhapsody" on classical guitar - the video was an internet sensation with over 9 million views.|
|2016||Saara Aalto & Adam Lambert||Performed as Aalto's celebrity duet choice during the first night of the two-part season finale of The X Factor UK.|
|2017||Pentatonix||Performed a capella for their extended play PTX, Vol. IV - Classics|
|Date Unknown||Mnozil Brass||Performed live a mix of playing instruments and a cappella|
|2018||Marc Martel||From the Queen covers album, Thunderbolt & Lighting. Martel also uploaded a live one-take piano performance to YouTube. Martel regularly covered "Bohemian Rhapsody" as the lead singer of the Queen Extravaganza from 2012 to 2016, and with The Ultimate Queen Celebration from 2016 to present. Martel's vocals can be heard during the composition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" during the 2018 biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody.|
|2019||Forestella||Performed on a Korean TV music show, Immortal songs 2, and on the album Mistique (2019), Universal music (korea). Forestella is a Korean classical crossover vocal group (a male quartet).|
|2019||Toshi||On his cover album, Im a Singer Vol. 2.|
The Braids version
|Single by The Braids|
|from the album The Braids|
|The Braids singles chronology|
The San Francisco Bay Area duo The Braids recorded an R&B version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the soundtrack to the Jon Lovitz movie High School High. It was also their debut single and became a hit in Europe and New Zealand.
Jeremy Helligar from Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Stripping ”Bohemian Rhapsody” down to an insistent shuffle beat, assorted piano fills, and soulful vocals, they create a sound so moving that you might want to reach out and hug the speakers."
The song was produced by Third Eye Blind's lead singer Stephan Jenkins with Eric Valentine and was released as a single in the fall of 1996. It peaked at number 21 in United Kingdom and number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100, staying on the latter chart for 17 weeks. In New Zealand the song reached number two for four nonconsecutive weeks and achieved Platinum status for sales of over 10,000. In Europe the song was a top-twenty hit in several regions, including Scandinavia, Italy and the Netherlands.
The Muppets version
|"Bohemian Rhapsody (Muppets Version)"|
|Single by Queen and The Muppets|
|Released||November 23, 2009|
|Genre||Rock, comedy rock|
|Producer(s)||Roy Thomas Baker, Queen|
|Queen singles chronology|
The song was performed by The Muppets characters in 2009. A music video was posted on YouTube on November 23, 2009 before the release of the track, and features Muppets characters singing partially modified lyrics of the original song. It garnered over seven million hits within its first week of release. Unlike other cover versions, the Muppets' single features the final master of Queen's original 1975 recording.
The video and song is an official production of The Muppets Studio. The success of the video caused Walt Disney Records to release the cover as a single on December 13, 2009, where it peaked at #32 on the UK Singles Chart.
The Muppets' version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" was directed by Kirk Thatcher, who has been involved with several other Muppets videos. According to studio manager Lylle Breier, the idea of the Muppets singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" had long been an idea that they wanted to do, but only was able to bring the project together within a short time before the video's release. Thatcher noted they had a long list of possible songs they wanted to do with a large group of Muppets, including Don McLean's "American Pie", but "Bohemian Rhapsody" was their ultimate selection. Filming was completed within a day by 20 staffers; Thatcher considered the task to be "epic in scale" considering they normally only use half a dozen Muppets for a single scene. Breier stated that this and other videos that The Muppets Studio released to YouTube are part of a promotional push for the Muppets; Breier likened outlets on the Internet like YouTube to the variety shows of the 1970s, and felt that the Muppets easily fitted into that culture.
The video is a montage by about 70 different Muppets characters singing their part of the lyrics against a black screen, in the same style used by Queen for portions of their promotion video of the song as well as mimicking the four-person layout used for the cover of Queen's second album. After completing the song, which ends up with mosaic of all the characters singing, it is revealed that this was one side of a computer video conference with Kermit the Frog, who laments his decision for that type of meeting to Scooter.
The video presents an abridged version of Queen's song with some lyric alterations to retain the appropriateness of the characters for a family audience. For example, within the first stanza of the ballad portion of the song, the lyrics where the singer laments to his mother that he "just killed a man" are replaced by Animal calling out repeatedly for "mama". Other aspects of the lyrics are changed for humorous purposes surrounding the Muppets characters. Pepe the King Prawn starts the opera portion of the song stating that he sees "a little silhouetto of a clam". The back-and-forth lyrics, "Bismillah! No! We will not let you go...let him go!", are replaced with Fozzie Bear begging "Let me joke" to Statler and Waldorf, who state "[We] do not like your jokes". The line "Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me" is replaced with the remaining Muppets who have not been in the video singing "Does anyone know if there is a part for me?" The first two lines of the hard rock section, here performed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, have been replaced with "So they tell us this video's going to fly, all I know is we're not getting paid tonight!" The song ends with Miss Piggy, lounging on Rowlf the Dog's piano, singing "Nothing really matters but moi!"
The video premiered on YouTube on November 23, 2009. Within a week, the video had accrued over 7 million views, and has nearly 15 million views within the following five months. The video was nominated and won the "Viral Video" category in the 14th Annual Webby Awards. The popularity of the video led to the song being distributed through digital download on iTunes in December by Walt Disney Records and EMI. The song reached #32 on the UK Singles Chart for the week of December 26, 2009. For New Year's Eve at Disneyland, the video was projected onto the Fantasmic! mist screens in-between performances, and in place of an extra midnight performance. The performance also utilized the show's various laser effects and lighting towers working in tandem with the video.
- Freddie Mercury — piano, occasional backing vocals
- Brian May — electric guitar
- Roger Taylor — drums, percussion
- John Deacon — bass guitar
- Steve Whitmire — Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Statler, The Newsman, Chicken, Bunny, Penguin, Snowth, Turkey, Flowers, Cactus, Monkey
- Dave Goelz — The Great Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Waldorf, Zoot, Beauregard, Frackle, Penguins, Rat, Cactus, Monkey
- Eric Jacobson — Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam Eagle, Snowth, Chicken, Frackle, Penguin, Prairie Dog
- Bill Barretta — Pepé the King Prawn, Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth, Swedish Chef, Old Tom, Bobo the Bear, Johnny Fiama, Mahna Mahna, Big Mean Carl, Rat, Flowers, Cactus, Monkey, Prairie Dog
- David Rudman — Scooter, Janice, Yolanda the Rat, Rat, Penguins, Monkey, Prairie Dog
- Matt Vogel — Camilla the Chicken, Floyd Pepper, Angel Marie, Crazy Harry, Sal Minella, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Lew Zealand, Rat, Flowers, Cactus, Monkey, Prairie Dog
Panic! at the Disco version
|Song by Panic! at the Disco|
|from the album Suicide Squad: The Album|
|Released||4 August 2016|
|Studio||Abbey Road Studios|
|Suicide Squad: The Album track listing|
American band Panic! at the Disco covered the song as part of their set list for several concert tours, including The Gospel Tour, Summer Tour 2016, the Death of a Bachelor Tour, and the Pray for the Wicked Tour. The song was officially recorded for Suicide Squad: The Album (2016), the soundtrack album for the 2016 film, and premiered on 4 August 2016 on the Beats 1 radio station. In addition, a recording of the song performed on tour was included on the track listing of the live album All My Friends We're Glorious (2017). The band performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, during the American Music Awards of 2018 in promotion of the 2018 biopic. The cover was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on 12 June 2018.
|Australian Singles Chart (ARIA)||64|
|Canada (Hot Canadian Digital Songs)||47|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||80|
|US Billboard Hot 100||64|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||7|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||45|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000*|
sales+streaming figures based on certification alone
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