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8 classic Queen songs we want to hear in Bohemian Rhapsody


There's just over a month until musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody storms Cineworld screens, bringing us the life of tormented Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Focusing on the life of late, great music icon Freddie (played by Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek), the film takes us behind the scenes of the creation of iconic numbers like 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. But with more than 180 officially released songs during their time, the makers of Bohemian Rhapsody have, understandably, had to curate the selection.

We already know from the trailer that the movie explores the making of classics like 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'We Will Rock You', so we've made a list of eight other Queen favourites that we hope make it into the film. Scroll down to discover what they are...

1. 'I Want to Break Free' (1984)

If 'I Want To Break Free' features in the film, it will certainly be to showcase the well-known music video where the Freddie and the other members of Queen are dressed in stereotypically female clothing mimicking television shows like Coronation Street.

2. 'Radio Ga Ga' (1984)

'Radio Ga Ga' was designed as a commentary on the rising popularity of television in the '80s, and references famous sci-fi works (a common theme in Queen's music) like The War of the Worlds by HG Wells. It's a topic that is still prevalent now, as our lives are increasingly overtaken by A.I. and smartphone technology. If 'Radio Ga Ga' features in the movie, it'll make us think back to the good old days where television was our only worry.

3. 'Somebody To Love' (1976)

Written by Mercury himself, 'Somebody To Love' is one of the most covered Queen songs. The song is about soul searching and finding love, and given Bohemian Rhapsody is going to explore Mercury's complex relationship history, its inclusion would make dramatic sense.

4. 'Under Pressure' (1982)

This finger-snapping classic was co-performed with the late David Bowie – can we expect him to make a surprise cameo appearance? Given it's one of Queen and Bowie's most iconic songs, its inclusion would be exciting.

5. 'We Are the Champions' (1977)

At least a few lines from 'We Are the Champions' will be performed in Bohemian Rhapsody as we see Freddie sing it to the roaring Live Aid concert crowd during the trailer. Everyone knows this song, commonly played at sporting events for the winners, and seeing Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee (Brian May), Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor) and Joseph Mazzello (John Deacon) perform this in their guise as the legendary Queen will feel like a win to us.

6. 'Love of My Life' (1975)

One very important person in Freddie's life was Mary Austin, played in Bohemian Rhapsody by Sing Street star Lucy Boynton. Mary Austin is described as Freddie's lifelong companion, a woman described as "the only friend [he's] got". Freddie wrote many songs for Mary, but the most famous was 'Love of My Life'. Austin's presence in the trailer, helping Freddie realise his potential, makes it highly likely this song and its creation will feature.

7. 'Flash' (1980)

Given this song was written for the 1980 sci-fi fantasy film Flash Gordon starring Sam J. Jones, it's perhaps unlikely to feature in Bohemian Rhapsody. However, given its sheer iconic status, capable of making people of all ages everywhere burst into falsetto singing, it would certainly make for a crowd-pleasing inclusion.

8. 'Don't Stop Me Now' (1978)

This upbeat, energetic and contagiously happy song (famously featured in Simon Pegg-Edgar Wright classic Shaun of the Dead) just has to be in the film. Whether it's during the end credits as you dance your way out of the cinema or in the opening scenes, it's one of Queen's most popular songs so it surely can't have been missed from the soundtrack.

Ensure you're centre stage for the remarkable story one of the greatest bands in the world: click here to book your tickets for Bohemian Rhapsody, opening in Cineworld on 24th October.

Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.