Monday, April 18, 2011

Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody named British Army's favorite song

Queen rocks all over the world…especially in the hands of the British Armed Forces, who named “Bohemian Rhapsody” its favorite song.

The Guardian reports the classic 1975 song won by double the number of votes claimed by the runner up, Snow Patrol's “Chasing Cars,” in army radio station British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS)'s survey to find its listeners' top 500 songs.

"It's fantastic,” said Queen’s Roger Taylor. “It makes me feel very, very proud. I'd like to wish all the forces the very best – and especially to those who voted for Bohemian Rhapsody – from the very bottom of our hearts."

Queen also chalked up a second song in the Top 10 – "Don’t Stop Me Now" from 1978’s “Jazz” came in at #9; in fact, the band had more than a dozen tunes on the Top 500.

Among other songs in the top 10 were Oasis's “Wonderwall,” “Sex on Fire” by the Kings of Leon and “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, as well as power ballads “Sweet Child O' Mine” by Guns N'Roses and Aerosmith's “I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.”

Older classics also feature heavily in the list, including “Sittin' on The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding, “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Elvis Presley's “Suspicious Minds.”

You can view the full Forces 500 song list here.

The Forces 500

01 – Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
02 – Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
03 – Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
04 – Robbie Williams - Angels
05 – Bryan Adams – Summer Of ‘69
06 – Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
07 – Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
08 – Oasis - Wonderwall
09 – Queen
– Don’t Stop Me Now
10 – The Killers – Mr. Brightside

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Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)

See also:

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Guns N’ Roses: Queen’s Brian May talks about his work on Chinese Democracy
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