Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Voted Ultimate Pick-Me-Up Song
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Feeling under the weather? Try blasting Queen‘s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’
The band’s landmark 1975 hit topped a recent BBC poll delving into how British listeners use music as a means of coping with illness or unhappiness, with nearly 90 percent of respondents saying the right song can make them “feel perkier when they are sick or faced with hard times.”
Unsurprisingly, men and women chose differently when asked to pick between 10 tracks that might have the most powerful pick-me-up effect. For women, the top pick was Abba’s 1976 hit ‘Dancing Queen’ — and for older respondents, rock wasn’t even really a factor; the majority of those questioned over the age of 65 chose classical music as their musical means of recovery. Younger poll participants, meanwhile, turned to the recent Pharrell Williams hit ‘Happy’ as a source of comfort.
But with nearly a quarter of women and almost a third of male respondents naming ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as their top get-well song, it easily emerged as the consensus choice — which isn’t all that hard to believe, given the song’s long history as chart catnip for listeners in Britain, where it topped the charts in November 1975 and returned to the No. 1 spot following Queen singer Freddie Mercury‘s death in late 1991. It’s easy to assume that American poll respondents would name a different top choice, but then again, maybe not: ‘Rhapsody’ pulled off a similar feat in the States, hitting the Top 10 in 1976 and reaching No. 2 in early 1992.