Last updated 4 April 2022
As always with Queen’s albums, Jazz is a mixture of famously popular hits and underrated lesser-known gems. The first side, which I reviewed in my previous post, is proof of that on its own, with Fat Bottomed Girls and Bicycle Race making a particularly big impact. But the second side is also a fantastic collection of songs, by far the most significant being Don’t Stop Me Now by Freddie of course, for which there is a great deal to write about. Plus we get both of the tracks that Roger contributed, 3 more compositions by Brian, and another song by John. So this is my in-depth review of Side 2, with the usual mix of alternate versions, live performances, covers and more. I hope you enjoy!
The tracks on Side 2 of the album are as follows. Click their names to jump to the reviews:
- Dead On Time
- In Only Seven Days
- Dreamer’s Ball
- Fun It
- Leaving Home Ain’t Easy
- Don’t Stop Me Now
- More Of That Jazz
You can see all the videos I mention in this post on my Queen & Covers playlists for this album. So do feel free to check them out (along with my other Queen playlists) and see which versions of each song you like best!
Written by Brian May
Frantic and intense, this isn’t just a banger of a track, it’s an explosion, with every band member on fire. Brian and Roger impressively showcase their speedy skills on the guitar and drums, with John solidly backing them up on the bass, while Freddie is practically rapping and nails a couple of top C♯5 belts. Brian gave a closer look at part of the guitar work for this song in his Star Licks video.
The song also makes a fleeting reference to the band’s first single, Keep Yourself Alive, with those particular words printed in capitals in the enclosed lyrics. And it’s also arguably the first time a special guest appears on a Queen track, given that the liner notes include the credit “Thunderbolt courtesy of God”. Brian had recorded the sound himself on a portable recorder during a heavy storm, and it was used to close the song.
As much as Queen loved – and were extremely good at – playing some of their songs hard and fast live on stage, the aggressive tempo and associated complexity of Dead On Time is presumably why it was never performed in concert. Which is a great shame, because it would have sounded awesome. There were brief allusions to it in some of Brian’s guitar solos in the Jazz and Works tours, but that was it.
Just as Queen never performed it live, very few others have tried to tackle it either. But there are a few covers worth mentioning by:
- Lucie & The Diamonds & Oniric – A music video collaboration.
- JML Students– An impressive live version in Stockholm.
- School Of Rock 2016 AllStars Team 7 – Live in Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, featuring American Idol contestant Dakota Cohen, plus another performance in Old Rock House, St. Louis. There’s also a performance by School Of Rock Newtown in 2012.
- Lurex Queen – One of the few tribute bands to have included it in concert.
- C. Kögel’s Queen Jazz Live – An unexpected but fun jazz instrumental.
Written by John Deacon
In complete contrast to the previous song, this beautiful little ballad about a fleeting holiday romance is the second of John’s two tracks on the album, and was released as the B-side to Don’t Stop Me Now. John also plays both acoustic and electric guitars on the song, forming part of the lovely instrumentation behind Freddie’s vocals. They never performed it live in concert though, sadly.
As it’s another under-appreciated album track, there are only a few covers of this, including:
- Solo performances with a backing track by Brian Caceres & Hey It’s Phae (with backing track, and with acoustic guitar by Austin Broom.
- Duets by Andrei Tase Music (with piano & drums), Brian Morua & Ema Caradoso (with piano & guitars, plus an instrumental by Brian), Hellga Black & Lensky (with piano) and Rafael Leiróz & Kiko Imamura (with Kiko playing all the backing music).
- Instrumental piano versions by Otmar Binder & Yumeddie, and a saxophone cover by Lito Relativo.
Written by Brian May
The tempo slows down further now, courtesy of this sweet bluesy number with a New Orleans vibe, about keeping a departed lover alive in one’s nightly visions. Brian wrote it as a tribute to Elvis Presley, who died aged 42 the year before Jazz was released – though it doesn’t explicitly mention him, so the listener can interpret it however they wish. It could be applied to a relationship that has broken up, or to someone who has passed away, for example.
The 2011 reissue of the album includes a really nice Early Acoustic Take from August 1978 as a bonus track. John Deacon is absent, and all of the guitars are acoustic, on this simplified and lovely work-in-progress iteration.
The song was also beautifully performed by the band in concert, with Freddie getting the audience to clap along, while Brian and Roger would imitate brass instruments with their mouths. Examples include:
- Providence Civic Center, USA on 14 November 1978
- Montreal Forum, USA on 1 December 1978
- Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada on 3 December 1978
- Palais Des Sports, Lyon, France on 17 February 1979 – Released on Live Killers.
- Pavilion De Paris, France on 1 March 1979 – Released as a streaming video with Absolute Greatest.
A few versions of this songs have been released on albums:
- Carmesí – On Piel Canela.
- Fred Caramia, Alex Caramia & Raphael Donadieu – On World Of Queen (Royal Acoustic), Vol. 1.
- Jiří Ševčík & Pirate Swing Band – On We Will Swing You!
- Laura Noejovich – A piano-backed solo on Laura Has New Standards.
- The Magnets – An a cappella version on All This Time.
- Manuel Richter & The Inner Voice – A live acoustic cover on Natural & Real.
- Mariana Mira – Released as a single.
- Shelly Sony & Dinah York – On Profiles III.
Meanwhile some other covers include:
- Group versions by Caravans, Lucie & The Diamonds and Save The Queen, plus live performances by aQustic Queen, Budapest Jazz Orchestra, Queen Unplugged Project & 0vueen.
- Duets with guitars by Duo Estelle (a live operatic version), Jess & Gingko, Luz & Dim, Riona & Kohei, Rock You!, Sour Grapes and Vanessa Ferreira & João Loureiro.
- Duets with piano by Clémence Fougea & David Manara and Jelena Petener & Christo Popov.
- A live solo performance by Robby Valentine (at the 2012 Dutch Queen Convention), and live jazzy versions by Ashiya & Svetlana Udalova.
- Solo covers with guitar by Alb84Guitar, AskhatGuitar, Freddie Nelson, Helena Aarnetta, Juan Arias Música, Massimo Li Calzi, René Tavera & Yura Lytkin.
- A cover with ukulele by Clover Bunny.
- Solo covers on piano by P Franciscooo & Yunuscan Kaya (from tribute band A Kind Of Vision).
- Piano instrumentals by David A. Lucas, Otmar Binder, Yaron Keren & Yumeddie.
- A live brass instrumental by Izzy Foster with her backing band.
Written by Roger Taylor
On this catchy, funky, disco style song, with an intro beat that sounds a bit like Another One Bites The Dust, Roger and Freddie share the vocals, while Roger also plays most of the instruments, including electronic Syndrum pads. It was released as the B-side of Jealousy in the US, Canada, Brazil and New Zealand.
Written by Brian May
Another change of pace with this beautiful ballad by Brian, about the mixed emotions in getting away and making a fresh start on one’s own. He sings all the lead and harmony vocals here, including the female bridge part, which was achieved by slowing the tape down during recording, and then playing it back at normal speed. This is yet another song that Queen sadly never performed live.
Again there are barely any covers for this. The few I’ve found include:
- Dylan Leggett – One-man band with harmonies.
- MNB & Meli Mizrahi – Piano & vocal duet.
- Fede Vilchez, Juan Paso Viola & Sunny Boy Bart – Solo performances with acoustic guitar.
- Family Singers Vocal Ensemble – A cappella performance from Sweden.
- Otmar Binder – Piano instrumental.
Written by Freddie Mercury
It’s rather hard to comprehend how it’s possible, but this fabulously catchy, fun and easy to sing-along with banger of a tune wasn’t a huge hit on its original release. In the UK the single entered the chart at number 44, and slowly climbed for 7 weeks until it eventually peaked at Number 9 in March 1979, where it was still firmly beaten by Gloria Gaynor singing I Will Survive, The Village People performing In The Navy & The Sex Pistols singing Friggin’ In The Riggin’, which made up the Top 3. Don’t Stop Me Now then immediately dropped out of the Top 10 again the following week.
So, while it did reasonably well during its 10 weeks in the Top 40, it didn’t make the same impact as some of their other popular hits. It was still much better than America though, to be fair, where it only managed to reach Number 86.
But over the years its popularity has skyrocketed, and it’s now regarded by many as the most uplifting song of all time. In fact, that was scientifically proven by cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Jacob Jolij in 2015, who showed that it has all the necessary elements to make it a success, given that it’s performed in a third major key, with a fast tempo of around 150 beats per minute, and has cheerful lyrics. He even wrote an equation that takes into account the tempo, musical scale and the number of different chords used:
Rating = 60 + (0.00165 * BPM – 120)^2 + (4.376 * Major) + 0.78 * nChords – (Major * nChords)
You don’t need complicated maths to state the obvious though. Just reading the figures on streaming services clearly illustrates its popularity today. At the time of publishing this post in March 2022, the song has over 753 million views on Youtube, and well over 1.2 billion streams on Spotify!
And it’s also topped various polls, including:
- The Best Driving Song – Voted for by viewers of Top Gear in 2005, and the award was given to Roger Taylor on the show. In the song’s audio commentary on Absolute Greatest Hits, Roger reflects that “James May flew out and presented me with the cheapest, nastiest trophy they could find, [and so] I threw it in the sea”, referring to the fact that it was badly made, with the title of the song engraved as just “Stop Me Now”.
- The Best Queen Lyrics – In a 2011 poll by music store HMV for the band’s 40th anniversary, 1 in 5 fans agreed the best Queen lyric was the chorus “Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball.”
- The Best Motivational Song – From a poll of 2,000 Brits in 2021.
Brian & Roger Interviews
It’s no secret that Brian May has always felt a bit uneasy about this track, as it refers to Freddie’s over-indulgent lifestyle at the time, including lyrics about being a “sex machine” and “out of control”. As Guardian columnist Alexis Petridis pointed out in an article about Freddie, the song is “a direct product of his hedonism and promiscuity: an unrepentant, joyous, utterly irresistible paean to gay pleasure-seeking. You find yourself wondering if its title might not have been aimed at his censorious bandmates.”
Summarising their thoughts on the song, Brian and Roger have mentioned it several times in interviews:
- Absolute Greatest Hits Commentary (2009):
- Brian: “It was very much Freddie’s pop side, and I remember thinking I’m not quite sure if this is what we should be doing. I think there was also a feeling that it lyrically represented something that was happening to Freddie which we kind of thought was threatening him, and probably it was in a sense. But having said that, it’s full of joy and optimism and stuff.” And Roger observes:
- Roger: “Yeah, I think it’s very joyous, and actually I still think he had his tongue slightly in his cheek. “I’m a rocket ship”, “I’m like an atom bomb” – they’re great lines.”
- Brian: “Yeah, very witty as usual.”
- Roger: “Mr Fahrenheit there, yeah, that’s a great line. You’ve gotta have your tongue in your cheek to say that, to call yourself that.”
- Days Of Our Lives (2011):
- Documentary – Brian remarks: “I’ve been quoted as saying that I don’t like the track. I kind of do like the track, but I had mixed feelings, because in a sense it represented a sort of separatism. It was very much Freddie’s world and reflecting what he was going through.” DJ Paul Gambaccini then talks about Freddie’s huge love of the New York gay scene, and there’s an old chat with Freddie where he shows how keen he is to have as much fun as possible.
- Blu-ray Bonus Feature – Brian talks about how he recorded a heavy rhythm guitar track, as he felt the song needed it, and an extract of that ‘Long Lost Guitars’ version is played for comparison. But it didn’t really work, and Freddie wanted the song to be driven by the piano. He did very much like Brian’s guitar solo though, so they kept that in. We’re also treated to some rare footage from a live performance of the song, taken from the Concert For Kampuchea at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on 26 December 1979.
- Absolute Radio (2011):
- Brian May Interview – “I thought it was a lot of fun but, yes, I did have an undercurrent feeling of “Oh, aren’t we talking about danger here?”. Because we were worried about Freddie at this point, and I think that feeling lingers. But it’s become almost the most successful Queen track, as regards to what people play in their car or play at their weddings or whatever. It’s become a massive, massive track. It’s a sort of anthem to people who want to just be hedonistic, and yeah, I have to say, kind of a stroke of genius from Freddie.”
- Mojo Magazine:
- Brian is quoted as saying after Freddie’s death that the song was from a period of time when Freddie was “taking lots of drugs and having sex with lots of men”, and so he has difficulty with the lyrics given that context.
- Roger told Mojo in 2019 that: “Don’t Stop Me Now is the one that has surprised us all. It wasn’t a big song at the time. Freddie wrote it on the piano and Brian had to find a way to insert himself in there. I don’t necessarily think it’s one of our best songs but I love the sentiment, “Call me Mr Fahrenheit.” It’s hilarious and it’s become a sort of rallying cry.”
The music video was directed by J. Kliebenstein, and filmed at the Forest Nationalle, Brussels, Belgium on 26 January 1979. It was included on the Greatest Flix VHS and the Greatest Video Hits 1 DVD, as well as other video compilations by the band around the world. It simply features the band doing a mimed performance to the song, on a stage setup used for their tour.
As Brian and Roger explain in their DVD commentary, they had to stay closely bunched so the director could get shots of the whole band at once, and as such they weren’t able to energetically move around the stage like they would in a live show. So it’s not fully representative of a live Queen performance, and it’s nothing outstanding as music videos go. But Freddie looks cool and brings it to life of course, so it’s still good fun to watch, as the approximately 750 million views testifies!
40 years later, in 2019, Queen celebrated Bohemian Rhapsody becoming the first pre-1990s music video to reach a billion views on Youtube, with their You Are The Champions campaign. They invited fans around the world to record themselves dancing for Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now and A Kind Of Magic, for some special collaborative music videos.
So for Don’t Stop Me Now they posted a dance tutorial and demonstrated the full routine, led by Polly Bennett, the movement choreographer for Rami Malek in the Bohemian Rhapsody movie. All the subsequent contributions – 10,000 in total, from 1,822 dancers in over 120 countries – were then whittled down and compiled into an entertaining fan music video.
- Long Lost Guitars – Released as a bonus track on the 2011 remaster of the album, this is the version discussed in the Days Of Our Lives Blu-ray bonus feature mentioned above. Brian recorded an extensive guitar backing track during the original studio sessions, as he felt the song might need it, but it was ultimately rejected, and therefore remained hidden away on the multitrack tapes. So here we get to hear that mix for the first time, with a lot more guitar throughout the song, and a different solo too. It’s not better than the original necessarily, I can see why Freddie wanted the piano part to be prominent. But it’s still a pretty cool alternative version.
- Revisited – This new mix was included on the 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody movie soundtrack. It features a brand new guitar part by Brian and a harder percussion sound from Roger, designed to more closely represent the band’s current sound in their shows with Adam Lambert. And Freddie’s vocal outro doesn’t fade out, giving the song a more definitive end. Again it doesn’t beat the original, but it’s still quite good.
- Bohemian Rhapsody Credits Mix – This version, not included on the soundtrack album, uses the original studio mix, but with changes to the start and end. As the band leave the stage after Live Aid in slow motion, Freddie’s intro vocals are sung a cappella initially, with an echo effect added along with pauses between each line. Then the full mix kicks in, and text about Freddie appears on screen, as he sings “I’ll turn it inside out”. The music video for the song is then shown alongside the credits. At the end of the song, as with the Revisited mix, Freddie’s vocals come to a proper end rather than fading, again with an echo effect. The credits then continue, accompanied by The Show Must Go On.
- Rock Band Mix – Made available as part of the Queen Extravaganza 02 download pack for this video game, this is the original studio version, but it ends with an abrupt piano chord. It also visually emphasises just how little guitar there is in the song, given the 77-bar countdown on screen, and then you can see just how complex the solo is to play.
- Karaoke Version – This instrumental mix, with some backing vocals included, was released on Greatest Karaoke Hits. A piano note accompanies the opening clicks to help you start in the right key.
In November 2011 fans were invited to remix the song as part of a Talenthouse competition. And to facilitate that, 9 instrumental stems were released for download, the only time Queen have ever officially released a multitrack set from any of their songs. Other multitracks people have shared online have mainly been extracted from the Rock Band video games.
The stems give a great insight into the composition of the song. Hearing the full instrumental without vocals gives a great sense of how all the backing components go together of course, and it works as a fabulous tune in its own right that way. But it’s great to be able to break everything down into its individual parts.
Freddie’s excellent piano track forms the heart of the song of course, with the powerful lead vocals and nicely constructed backing harmonies on top. And using the stems allow you to hear different combinations, such as all the vocals together, lead vocal with piano and all vocals with piano. The latter works pretty well as a complete song in its own right, a further testament to Freddie’s skills as a composer and performer.
But of course the other band members all add vital enhancements, that elevate the song further beyond its strong foundations. Brian’s guitar part may be shorter than he wanted, but he makes it count with a super solo. Roger’s drumming is solid and catchy, and in the multitracks it’s divided into its individual parts (snare drum, kit drum, kick drum, and an extra track for the bell and tambourine elements). And the often unfairly overlooked bass part by John has some interesting counterpoints to the main melody.
As it wasn’t deemed to be a big hit, the band only played the song live on the Jazz and Crazy tours in 1979. Brian plays guitar throughout, unlike his reduced involvement on the final studio version, and there’s an extended guitar and drum break in the middle of the song. But surprisingly it was never performed in America at all, even on the 1978 dates at the start of the Jazz tour. Only the intro was ever played in the US, during a gig in Chicago.
The few examples of performances by the original band therefore include:
- Europe 1979 – Released on the Live Killers album. The venue and date are unknown.
- Pavillon de Paris, France on 1 March 1979 – The final concert in the European Live Killers leg of their tour.
- Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan on 25 April 1979 – Freddie’s voice is in poor shape here at the end of a long tour, but the performance is still great.
- Concert For Kampuchea, Hammersmith Odeon, London on 26 December 1979 – Part of this performance is included in a bonus feature on the Days Of Our Lives documentary Blu-ray (but not the DVD version).
In more recent years, however, with the song holding much higher status, it’s been an integral part of every Queen + Adam Lambert tour, with the audience eagerly joining in. So there are several videos of it being performed, including:
- Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine on 30 June 2012
- Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, Russia on 3 July 2012
- Manchester Arena, England on 21 January 2015
- New City Of Rock, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on 18 September 2015 – Part of the Rock In Rio festival.
- Bela Vista Park, Lisbon, Portugal on 20 May 2016 – Part of the Rock in Rio Lisboa VII festival, and released on the Live Around The World album, DVD & Blu-ray. A video gallery of fan photos, accompanied by this performance, was also posted online to celebrate the album’s release.
- The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles on 19 July 2019
Adam also gave an exclusive performance of the track by himself, along with an interview, as part of Herbalife Nutrition’s Europe & Africa Extravaganza in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2020, during the pandemic when Queen were unable to tour.
We Will Rock You Musical
This song is performed by the Killer Queen character during the Queen musical, before Khashoggi alerts her to the escape of Galileo and Scaramouche. Killer Queen then launches into Another One Bites The Dust as she deals with Khashoggi’s failure.
On the original 2002 soundtrack album, Killer Queen only performs the intro of the song before Khashoggi interrupts her. However, this has changed over the years as the show has evolved. In the recent touring production that I attended in March 2022, Killer Queen performs the song in its entirety, with Khashoggi then singing the outro after the final chorus, before Killer Queen interrupts him instead.
The 2004 British comedy horror film Shaun Of The Dead, written by and starring Simon Pegg, is largely responsible for the track’s huge resurgence in popularity among a new generation in the 21st century, as it played during a memorable zombie fight scene in a bar, that’s cleverly choreographed in time with the song. Another Queen song, You’re My Best Friend, plays during the closing credits of the film.
Some people even argue that it overshadows any other movie that tries to incorporate the track as a result – although an understandable exception can be made for the 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, that gave us alternate mixes of the song as discussed earlier, and thus further boosted its appeal.
Nevertheless, several other films have also used the track, including:
- Space Riders (1984) – A British motorcycle racing drama.
- National Lampoon’s Blackball (2003) – A British comedy about lawn bowls.
- Notte Prima Degli Esami (Night Before The Exams) (2006) – An Italian teen comedy. The song features in the trailer as well as the movie itself.
- Amigos… (2011) – Used during a scene in this Spanish comedy about 3 friends fighting over a dead mate’s fortune.
- Video Games: The Movie (2014) – Played over the opening credits of this American documentary.
- Hardcore Henry (2015) – Used during the big fight climax and in the trailer of this American sci-fi action film, shot exclusively in first-person view.
- Breaking And Entering (2017) – Used during a scene in this low-budget horror film.
- Animal Crackers (2017) – A 3D-animated film about a circus, with a lot of big names as voice actors.
- Game Night (2018) – An American action comedy film.
- Shazam! (2019) – Used during a scene in this American superhero film.
- Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) – An American animated action comedy.
McFly’s cover of the song was the first single from their third album Motion In The Ocean in 2006. It was released as a double A-side with their own composition Please, Please and went straight to Number 1, making them the only group to chart higher with a Queen song than the original band. It spent 5 weeks in the Top 40 overall.
Some of the money from sales of the song went to Sport Relief 2006, and it was played in various BBC sport programmes, including the theme tune for the Sport Relief Mile that McFly took part in, and highlights from the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Drummer Harry Judd also went to India with various celebrities in aid of the charity, to visit some of the poorest areas and take part in some sports.
You can see the boyband performing the song in several ways:
- The music video & behind-the-scenes video for Sport Relief 2006.
- Top Of The Pops 2006
- Live At Wembley Arena 2006 – From their Motion In The Ocean tour, included on a DVD with the album.
- Greatest Hits Tour 2007 – This performance and the original music video were released on the DVD All The Greatest Hits.
- Al Murray’s Happy Hour 2007 – As mentioned in the list of comedies below.
- The McFly Show 2012 – Featuring comedian Al Murray on the drums.
- Live At The O2 Arena 2019 – An audience recording.
- Doctor Who – An enjoyably catchy 1920’s jazz cover of the song was performed by British singer Foxes in Series 8 Episode 8: Mummy On The Orient Express in 2014. The singer had a lot of fun appearing on the show. A few versions of the track were released:
- Full song – Used for a BBC promo video, incorporating clips from the series.
- Instrumental backing track – Exclusively released on the download edition of Murray Gold’s Series 8 soundtrack, and not the CD version.
- Short Version – In a music video posted by Foxes on her Youtube channel, with slightly different instrumentation .
- Clara’s Diner – The song can be heard playing in the background in Clara’s Diner (her Tardis) in the Series 9 finale Hell Bent, when the Doctor first walks through the door.
Queen’s recording of the song has also appeared in:
- Nip/Tuck – Season 6 Episode 11: Dan Daly from 2010.
- Skins – Series 3 Episode 2: Cook from 2009.
- The Umbrella Academy – Plays during an action scene from Season 1 in 2019, when the character Number Five is ambushed by assassins Hazel and Cha-Cha.
- Al Murray’s Happy Hour:
- A brief cover was used for the theme song of the comedian’s chat show – either sung by Al himself, or an instrumental version.
- A guest band or singer would perform a Queen cover with Al at the end of every episode. Don’t Stop Me Now was performed by McFly in Series 1 Episode 3 (more on them later), and then by Cerys Matthews in Series 2 Episode 1.
- Al has also performed the song at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, firstly singing with Abi Roberts, on her Musical CID comedy confessional show in 2014, and then on the drums with Massaoke in 2016.
- Fast & Loose:
- David Armand – The comedian does a very funny mime to the lyrics during Series 1 Episode 6 in 2011, for guests Pippa Evans & Ruth Bratt to try and guess the song, as they’re prevented from hearing it.
- A League Of Their Own:
- James Corden & We Will Rock You cast – A short version is performed in Series 6 Episode 5 of the panel game show in 2012.
- American Dad:
- The Late Late Show With James Corden:
- 2 February 2017 – Front Man Battle – This is the first track that James attempts to sing, as part of his musical duel with Adam Lambert, to see who would make a better frontman for Quen, who were also present.
- 20 January 2019 – The Show’s Ending Now – A parody version about that day’s football games, sung as a duet by James and, again, Adam Lambert.
- Saturday Night Live:
- Alec Baldwin & Robert De Niro – In this opening sketch from the season 44 finale in 2019, Alec & Robert play Donald Trump & Robert Mueller respectively, as the President and his staff reveal their summer plans, using rewritten lyrics.
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:
- Paul Rudd – A brief mime to the song, as part of a lip sync battle with the host on 25 February 2014.
The song has been used by many brands and products, including:
- Adobe Premier Pro – In their Fantastic Voyage promo, showing what the video editing software is capable of, as a guy goes on a journey through a variety of environments.
- Cadbury Dairy Milk – In their 2008 truck race advert.
- Central Japan Railway Company – Introducing the Tokaido Shinkansen N700S series of trains in 2020, and giving people a bit of hope during the pandemic.
- Emirates Airlines – Showcasing a variety of destinations, inviting the viewer to fly with them to “A World of Good Times”.
- Google Doodle – A beautifully animated celebration of Freddie Mercury that featured on Google’s home page, marking what would have been his 65th birthday on 5 September 2011.
- Google Photos App – Promoting the app’s ability to free up space, as people try to take special photos but get a “Storage Full” error message. It aired during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- L’Oreal – Singer Camila Cabello lip syncs and dances to the song as she applies lipstick and makes a chocolate sundae. The song was also used in another advert for their Infallible Foundation.
- La Redoute – Using a cover version as we see a young girl growing up as she enjoys riding her bike, to advertise the French fashion brand.
- Ptaceks IGA – An advert for the family-run grocery store in Prescott, Wisconsin, with the staff having fun in the aisles.
- Silk Almond Milk – Using a cover version as various people engage in physical fitness activities.
- Sony MiniDisc – From a 1996 advert, with a guy losing himself in the music and a rather sensual dream, until he realises he’s not been unobserved.
- Strellson – Using a cover version, this impressive short film entitled Make Yourself Unstoppable, about a guy’s spectacular journey, received considerable praise and was nominated for various awards, giving great publicity for the men’s fashion brand.
- Team GB – A lip synced video by several members of the British squad to celebrate their success in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
- Tesco – Used for their 2021 Christmas advert, with the tagline “This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us”, after the previous festive season was spent in lockdown due to the pandemic. Queen’s version is played throughout, but a few carol singers also sing the refrain at one point. The advert attracted more than 1,500 complaints, mainly from anti-vaxxers, who felt that Santa Claus presenting his Covid Pass at border control to avoid quarantine was coercive and discriminatory. But it was sensibly cleared by the advertising watchdog.
- Thomas Cook – For their Real Good Times advert in early 2020, unfortunately just before the pandemic did put a stop to everything.
- Toyota Camry – Using a remix of just the vocals from Queen’s track as they promote their latest car.
- VH1 – A promo for the TV music channel, featuring various music stars and some animated lyrics.
- Visa – From their 2013 Feel Faster, Flow Faster promo for contactless payments promo.
TV Talent Shows
The song has appeared on various song and dance programmes, which are a mixed bag as you’d expect, so I’ll let you judge who’s best.
- Britain’s Got Talent:
- Ant & Dec – The presenters, lip syncing to a shortened version of the Queen track, lead a huge flash mob of performers to launch Series 7 in 2012.
- Flakefleet Primary School – From the Series 13 auditions in 2019, this performance quickly becomes far more epic than anyone expects, resulting in lots of smiles and tears as it tugs at everyone’s emotions, and earns the brave and talented 4-11 year olds the first Golden Buzzer of that year’s series. At the timing of writing the video has over 28 million views, placing it higher than the 24 million for James Corden singing with Adam Lambert!
- Nicholas Bryant, The Collaborative Orchestra & Singers – From the first week of the Series 10 auditions in 2016, where the judges and the crowd are surprised with a huge flash mob performance. It has over 27 million views at the time of writing, not far behind the primary school above!
- Queen Mania:
- Toyah Willcox – From the 2005 tribute show.
- So You Think You Can Dance:
- Group Dance – Series 2 final in 2011.
- Team Freddie – From the very first episode of this ITV show in 2022, where people transform into their favourite pop stars, with Adam Lambert on the judging panel.
- Strictly Come Dancing:
- The Voice Kids:
- Brooke Burke – Series 2 Blind Audition in 2018.
- The X Factor:
- Kitty Brucknell – Live Show 7 from Series 8 in 2011.
- Olly Murs – Live Show 6 from Series 6 in 2009. He came second in the series overall.
- Paul Akister – Live Show 5 from Series 11 in 2014.
- Stevi Ritchie – Arena Audition from Series 11 in 2014.
- Union J – Live Show 1 from Series 9 in 2012.
- Zbigniew – Audition from Series 13 in 2016.
- American Idol:
- Season 17 Promo – Featuring the stars of the show, broadcast during the Oscars.
- The Masked Singer:
- The Monster (T-Pain) – From Season 1.
- The Queen Family Singalong:
- France Got Talent:
- Looking For Joseph (Netherlands):
- All Contestants – Group performance in Episode 6 in 2008.
- Nouvelle Star (France):
- The Voice:
- Croatia – Daniel Jurišević – Season 1 Blind Audition in 2015.
- Czech Republic & Slovakia – Tomáš Berky – Season 3 Blind Audition in 2019.
- France – Baptiste Defromont vs Claude Schuh – Season 2 Battle round in 2013.
- France – Matthieu – Season 6 Semi-Final in 2017.
- Germany – Oxa vs. Sabina Noronha – Battle round from Season 9 in 2019.
- Indonesia – Asyefi – Season 4 Blind Audition in 2019.
- Indonesia – Ridwan – Season 3 Blind Audition in 2018.
- Philippines – Mitoy Yonting – From the second live show of Season 1 in 2013, and he went on to win the series. He included a studio recording on his Season 1 Collection album. There are also live performances from ABS-CBN News & Lloyd Mobile Gig, and a duet with fan Justin Alva.
- Portugal – All Contestants – Season 2 group performance.
- The Voice Kids:
- We Want More (The Netherlands):
- The X Factor:
Other Cover Versions
Apart from the TV & film-related covers mentioned already, there are a ton of other interpretations of the song out there.
Bands & Groups
- The Vandals – Sung by guitarist Warren Fitzgerald instead of their usual lead singer Dave Quackenbush, this punk rock version was released on their 2004 album Hollywood Potato Chip. Other versions include:
- A music video, where the singer dons a moustache, vest, shorts and braces, and sings it in the street, to the bemusement of passers-by.
- A BBC Session on their 2008 rarities compilation BBC Sessions & Other Polished Turds.
- Examples of their energetic live performances from Adelaide in 2008, Chicago in 2016, Colorado in 2017 & California in 2019.
- Westlife – Performed the song live as part of a Queen medley during their Twenty Tour.
- Other rock releases:
- Avid All Stars – On A Tribute To Queen.
- Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space – On Bloody Unholy Christmas.
- The Bohemian Champions – On their Queen Greatest Hits album.
- Dream Queen – On their Killer Queen album.
- The Protomen – On their live album Present: A Night Of Queen.
- The Regrettes – A punk rock version released as a single.
- Von Hertzen Brothers – On their Coming Home EP, plus an acoustic version on Flowers & Rust.
- Further rock covers by Afro Blondes, Band Geek & Brandon Ethridge, Bear Ghost, Broken Peach, Chicago School Of Rock, The Collection Band, Cover’d In Punk, Ian Cooke Band (including cello), Ice Bucket Band, Inappropriate Things & Cassie Silva, Klemen Slakonja & Medis Band (with some foreign lyrics), Kol haMishpaha, Mama Lauda, The Moon Loungers (plus an acoustic version), The No Show, Northern House Band, Paper Rockets, Ready To Rock, Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press, RTOEhrenfeld & Gustaph (with strings), Sanca Records & Alex Rudiart, The Struts (plus an acoustic version), Wizards & Young Beautiful In A Hurry (inspired by 16-bit, Sega & Sonic games, released as a single with a 16-Bit Edit).
- Performances by tribute bands ’39 Queen Tribute (also here & here), God Save The Queen (also here), Night Of Queen (also here), Queen Machine (also here, here & here), Queer, Rock You! & The World Of Queen.
- Acoustic covers by The Caravan Cowboys (a country version on Rolling Homes), Catstrikes Band, Dynamo’s Rhythm Aces (a swinging version on La Classe Difference), Klar! & Torsten Esser, Prime Time & Silent Trio.
- A cool funk version by Radius & Maya Lisa.
- Jazz versions by Budapest Jazz Orchestra & The Fascinations & Marhy (Japanese band).
- A ragtime version by Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra.
- Ska versions by The Carstomites (on Ska Flashes) & Ministry Of Silly Ska, plus a ska remix of Queen’s original track by Music Moon.
- Soul versions by Postmodern Jukebox & Melinda Doolittle (on 33 Resolutions Per Minute) & Taro Soul (on Carpool Taro Soul – Season 1).
- Covers with orchestras by The Crescendo Orchestra, Jade Talbot & Millie Leaver and RockVille & Israel Chamber Orchestra.
- Other styles:
- Alfie Boe & Gary Barlow – Performed during Gary’s Big Ben Bash Live, broadcast on BBC One on New Year’s Eve 2013. Several years later, in 2020, they also did an online version at the start of the Covid pandemic.
- Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella – An acoustic version with a backing band.
- Peter & Bruno – On their album Live På China.
- Robby Valentine & Marlies Schuitemaker – Performed at the 2012 Dutch Queen Convention, and later at gigs in 2013 & 2014. Robby also performed it live with Maria Catharina in 2014, after I Want To Break Free.
- Other duets by Dub FX & Andy V, Meli Mizrahi & MNB, Padi Reborn & Isyana and Un-Limited.
Solo Male Singers
- John Barrowman – The star of Doctor Who and Torchwood has performed the song live in concert, with backing dancers as well as a band.
- Marc Martel – Often regarded as sounding a lot like Freddie, Marc’s powerful vocals and his catchy original instrumentation make this version work very well. It’s included on his Thunderbolt & Lightning album. He’s also sung it on many other occasions:
- Solo versions at the piano during appearances on The Project NZ on New Zealand TV & ALT 98.3 FM Radio, and online for the 6th Annual We Love Christian Music Awards in 2018 & a lockdown concert in 2020.
- A group version by Produce Like A Pro. The video includes a lengthy breakdown of their multitracks.
- Live in concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra Of Mexico, Queen Extravaganza (also here) & The Ultimate Queen Celebration.
- Matt Hancock – The Tory MP was filmed singing… well, shouting… along with the track during karaoke, after the Conservative Party Conference in 2018. And yet, astonishingly, it turned out not to be the most embarrassing, toe-curling, cringeworthy thing he would ever be filmed doing. So let’s try not to imagine him singing that he’s a “sex machine ready to reload”, and move swiftly on instead…
- Thomas Cameron – The tenor teamed up with a host of musical friends to record this single in December 2021, in aid of Bristol Children’s Hospital. The track features Carol Decker, Liz Mitchell, Sarah Jane Morris, Mike Christie, Jennie Bellestar Matthias, Molly Hocking, Cindy Alter, Jamie Moses, Oliver Poole, Glen Matlock, Phil Gould, The Fizz, Aine Carroll, Sam Hiller, Professor Tim Wilson, Pat Fagan, Jarlaith Mervyn, Bonnie Faustina, The Rock Project Exeter (Polly, Lizzy & Bethany) and Bow Community Primary School.
- Other rock releases:
- Further rock and metal covers by Angelo Bissanti, Caleb Hyles, Jonathan Young, Paulo Cuevas, PelleK & Will Nacar.
- Jazz covers by Jeroen Van Der Boom (on his Van Der Boom album) & Nick Rashad Burroughs.
- Versions on acoustic guitar by Augusto Corsiglia, Ben Akers, Fernando Ufret, MusikMan &Yoni Schlesinger (plus street & wedding performances and an instrumental).
- Other styles:
Solo Female Singers
- Katy Perry – Live at the 2009 Hurricane Festival in Germany. This was a regular part of her setlist that year, as you can also see performances from T In The Park, Hollywood Palladium & a private New York gig. She does it in her own style, and changes the melody quite significantly to suit her range, which doesn’t work for me personally but seems to appeal to some.
- Miley Cyrus – After references to other Queen songs and a cover of We Will Rock You, Miley performed the intro to Don’t Stop Me Now at the NCAA Final Four Concert at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis on 3 April 2021. It was part of a performance paying tribute to frontline workers. She also posted a rehearsal clip as well.
- Other rock covers by Amy Diamond, Casey Donovan & Gigi De Lana (plus a version with Jon Cruz).
- Versions with piano or keyboard & simple percussion by Bailey Pelkman (plus a mashup with Caleb Hyles’ version), Ira Green & Micky Green (released as a single).
- Covers with piano only by Anne Steele (also here), Camila Night, Karliene & Lucrezia.
- Renditions on acoustic guitar by Allie Sherlock (plus a duet with Andrés S. Macnamara on piano) & Hannah Kinsella (street performance).
- Covers with ukulele by Alyssa Van Lanen & Sonia Maral.
- Other styles:
The song appears to be very popular in South Korea, as there have been some catchy live performances by K-Pop artists, including:
- Nature – A girl group on TV show Music Bank on 21 December 2018, plus another performance at a fan meeting on 24 February 2019. You can also see their choreography in a Dance Practice video, and they filmed a short stripped-back version accompanied only by piano.
- GOT7 – A boy band at the SBS Gayo Daejeon music festival on 25 December 2018.
- Kim Jong-seo – On TV show Immortal Songs: Singing The Legend on 23 February 2019.
Choirs & A Cappella Groups
- Choirs singing with musical accompaniment include Batavia Madrigal Singers, Carinthian State Youth Choir, Chantage (flash mob), corVivace, Dublin National Children’s Choir, Hladnov Rock Choir, Houston Show Choir, Mayfair High School Show Choir, Richmond Hill High School’s Vocal Fusion, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (on SFGMC Does Queen), Seattle Ladies Choir, Spanaway Lake High School Choir (in rehearsal), Supertonic Choir, Svara Prasetiya, Treorchy Male Voice Choir (on Treorchy Sing Queen), Unität Berlin & Vocal Journey (after a section of It’s A Beautiful Day).
- Live accompanied performances by Rock Choir groups from:
- A cappella single and album releases by:
- The Binghamton Crosbys – On To Honor, including refrains from Stop In The Name Of Love, plus a live performance.
- David Fowler – Released as a single.
- The Dear Abbeys – On Eleven To One, plus a live performance.
- Ithacappella – On Stages, plus live performances here, here, here & here.
- The Madison Project – On Headrush.
- MNEK – Released as a single.
- Perpetuum Jazzile – On Both Sides, plus a live performance.
- Peter Hollens & George Watsky – Released as a single, plus behind-the-scenes of the video).
- Rajaton – On Sings Queen.
- University Of Wisconsin MadHatters – On All Nighter.
- Vocaldente – On Let’s Misbehave.
- Other a cappella choir renditions by Anna Coyotes Chorus, Chor Royal, Choriosity-A-Cappella-Pop Chor Ulm (plus a live performance), Chormäleon, The Gasworks Choir, Mixed-up A-cappella-Chor, Oberflockenbach Singers’ Association, Riff Raff Choir (also here), Stephen Taberner’s Workshop Group, VOICE – Vienna Pop & Jazz Choir & Westminster Chorus.
- Other group a cappella performances by Chris Lombardi (multitracking with himself), Ensemble A Bocca Chiusa, Gobsmacked!, Out Of The Blue, The Oxford Alternotives, Quinta.5 with Elai Botner & Yaldey Hachutz, Rock4, Str8Voices (including a bit of Bohemian Rhapsody), Supertonic!, T.3 and William & Mary Cleftomaniacs (also here).
Piano & Keyboard Instrumentals
- Peter Bence released his own excellent arrangement as a single, which includes a snippet of Bohemian Rhapsody. The video has had over 10 million views and his arrangement has been copied by many of the pianists listed below.
- Other piano renditions have been performed by Adrian Lee, Alexander Lioubimenko, AtinPiano, Cruzo67, Derek Paravicini (a blind pianist playing in a jazzy style), Eric C, Evan Brezicki (teen pianist, also here), Francesco Parrino (also here), Gamazda (released as a single), Jazzy Fabbry, Joel Bowerman, Joshua Burniece, Musicalize, Nathan Schaumann, Sangah Noona (plus an earlier version & a lounge style performance), Siberian Tiger (replicating Queen’s backing track), Valtteri Nieminen & Yuval Salomon (released as a single).
- Public performances by child pianist Cole Lam at St Pancras International Station in London here, here, here, here, here & here, as well as a Chinese hotel (after Bohemian Rhapsody), Freddie’s Bar in Margate, Forsyth Music Shop in Manchester, Pangbourne Piano Festival, Westfield Stratford City in London, Yamaha Music Store in London & at home during Clap For Carers in the Covid pandemic.
- Public performances by child pianist Ty Practice Piano at a piano recital (with Bohemian Rhapsody) & Oko Café.
- Organ recitals by Michael Rassinger (church organ) & Thijs Haenen (a Dutch barrel organ).
- Covers on accordions by Accordion Rock & MR Duo.
- Acoustic covers by Billy Watman (also here), Gabriella Quevedo & Casper Esmann, Gareth Evans, Guus, Ironmonger100, Jaehoon Jang, Joe Downes, Marcos Kaiser, Mark Davies (released as a single), Martin Rauhofer, Matthias Hautsch, Sean Song (child guitarist), Takajoe, Thomas Zwijsen, Tom Lumen, Vince Carrola, YEH & Yu Watanabe (also here & here).
- Electric covers by Kfir Ochaion & Simon Lund.
- Ukulele versions by by Honoka (also here) & KJ Kim.
- London Starlight Orchestra – On their album The Show Must Go On: The Queen Songbook.
- The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – On their album Symphonic Queen.
- The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Royal Choral Society – On their Queen Collection album. There’s also a remix by PiotreQ combining this version with Queen’s track, plus he’s done a Live Remix using the studio version and concert extracts.
- Other renditions by Epic Orchestra, Jakarta Concert Orchestra & Mineria Symphony Orchestra.
- Group arrangements by Blú Quartet, Feuerbach String Quartet, JHM Jams, Philharmonix (plus an alternative Director’s Cut), Quartet405, Thalia Strings & Wedding String Quartet.
- Versions for cello by Cello vs Guitar, Hauser, Low Strung Cellos & Prague Cello Quartet.
- A violin duet by Gli Archimisti.
- Violin & piano covers by Alison Sparrow, Bruna Anfruns & Albert Bosch, Levent & Bernie (plus an older solo violin rendition), Piero Vittori Locatelli & Ruth Potts.
- Violin & guitar covers by Eduard Freixa & Martí Riera and Samuel Wang.
- Violins accompanying Queen’s track by Camilla D’Onofrio, Igor Wołowiec, Martha Psyko (on Psyko Rock plus a live performance with The Queen Sinfónico Orchestra), Nathan Hutson & Nick Kwas, and others with an alternate backing track by Andreea Runceanu (also here) & Julez World.
- Brass band performances by the Grenadier Guards in London, Littlehampton & Murcia, as well as the Buckingham Palace Guards, Chesterfield Musketeers Showband, The Cory Band, Flowers Band, The Heights Brass Quintet, Llareggub Brass Band, Marching Pioneers of UW-Platteville, Queen’s College London Brass Ensemble, Szeged Trombone Ensemble (on New Horizons, plus a live performance), Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (on This Is Brass: Queen), Troy Concert Band, University Of Nottingham Brass Band & Zagreb Philharmonic Trombone Quartett.
- Solo multitracked arrangements by Christopher Bill (trombones) & Seb Skelly (various instruments).
- Saxophone versions to Queen’s backing track by Frederick Mazezky, Lewis Ip & Noah-Benedikt.
- Other sax versions by Bernadette (with ukulele), JK Sax (to a cover track), Lucie Křenkové (with a sax quartet and piano), Robin Hartley (to a cover track) & YuOaK (with flute and a custom backing track).
- Dance remixes of Queen’s track by 210 Spoons Music, DJ Karthy, Global DJ’s, Hevi Levi & Raf Marchesini & Hydrogen.
- Dance covers by Mystique (released as a single, plus a longer Club Mix & Dub Mix), Power Music Workout & Studio 54 & Justine (on the compilation Dance Mania 2).
- Paweł Zadrożniak has made a very clever and entertaining version using his ‘Floppotron’ orchestra of computer hardware.
- 8 Bit Universe have created a version in the style of old computer music, along with a Loud & Lit Remix. See my playlist of 8-bit covers for more like this for many Queen songs.
- Flashmobs posted by Alicia Sanchez & Topher Bopher (a surprise he arranged at his wedding).
- Performances with the Just Dance 2017 video game by the E3 2016 Ubisoft Stage crowd & Little Siha.
- Tap dances by Michael J Verre, Natalie Smith & 14/Under Troupe.
- Other solo dances by Abby Williams, Lea Foster Khalil & Lewis Shilvock.
- Other group routines by Alexa Usher, Haeng On, LUC Dance Company, Olivia Caper, RB Dance Company, Sacred Heart Institute Heverlee in Belgium (featuring hundreds of dancers taking us around the campus, a lot of it in a single take), Spotlight Dance Works, Tokyo Stripers (duet) & Trent Dance Team.
The feel-good nature of this song means it’s been a massively popular choice for lip dub videos, where groups of people lip sync to the track.
For a start, there are lots of videos that take place in a school, college or university, often giving us a tour of the campus, and some are impressively shot in a single take:
- UK & Ireland:
- Bedford Free School Staff
- Bishop Perowne C of E College Staff, Worcester
- Downham Market Academy Staff, Norfolk
- Earlview Primary School, Belfast
- King Edward VI College Staff, Stourbridge
- Lincroft School Staff, Bedford
- Parkwood Academy Staff, Chelmsford
- SEDA College Language School, Dublin, Ireland
- Sir William Romney’s School, Tetbury, England – The ‘sex machine” line is censored here. The students also released a blooper reel to show the fun they had making the video.
- St John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School Staff, Llanelli, Wales
- University Of Sheffield Students’ Union, England – Also includes the song Greatest Day by Take That, after Queen’s track.
- Dos Pueblos High School, California – Their edited version of the track censors the line “sex machine”, replacing it with “race machine”.
- Farmington High School, Missouri – Using the Revisited version of Queen’s track.
- Mountain View High School, California
- University Of California, Davis – Combines the song with Bicycle Race.
- Woodbridge High School, California
- University Of North Carolina School Of The Arts
- American School Of Madrid, Spain
- Esade Business School, Barcelona, Spain
- Esch-sur-Alzette High School For Boys, Luxembourg – Despite the name, the school welcomes girls too. 130 students take part in this video, which includes a live drum solo, and the chorus of We Are The Champions at the end. The Youtube channel is for their student-run TV station Uelzecht Canal. There’s also a behind-the-scenes making-of video.
- The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
- Linda Kasander & Friends, Waimes, Belgium
- State High Schools Francesco Angeloni, Terni, Italy – Begins with a student playing the tune on the piano before being interrupted by a receptionist, then the principal kicks off the lip dub to Queen’s track. There’s also a short musical interpretation by the school band added mid-way through.
- United World Colleges – Robert Bosch College, Freiburg, Germany
- Other Countries:
- British International School, Phuket, Thailand
- FCJ College Benalla & Cooinda Benalla Aged Care, Victoria, Australia – Bringing younger and older generations together.
- Li Po Chun United World College, Hong Kong – A mashup with High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco & Thank You Next by Ariana Grande.
- Saint Joseph University Of Beirut, Lebanon
- Trinity Residential College, University Of Western Australia
There are also loads of wedding Marryoke videos and a few birthday Partyoke clips, featuring family and friends all joining in:
- There have been several videos produced by Above Arcadia Weddings, Big Jam Studios, Electra Films, Foxy Photo Booth, I Do Film & Photos, Kev Bagnall MWV, Marryoke Mania, Marryoke TV (Cardiff & South Wales), Matt Barker, Orchid Films, Perfect Video Day, Spoolfrog, Top Banana Entertainments, UltraBooth, V4D Productions & Wedding Marryoke.
- There are also a few other videos for the marriages of Brian & Eileen, Caroline & Carl, Charli & Richie, Chris & Carolyn, Clare & Eddie, Danielle & Justin, Kim & Chris, Roberto & Giovanna and Steven & Donna.
Other videos of people lip syncing to the track include:
- Bridport Pantomime Players – Performed remotely during the first Covid lockdown.
- EureKamp, Israel – Featuring Yossi Vardi, one of the country’s first high-tech entrepreneurs.
- Gorgeous Movies – A family lip syncing to the Glee version as they play with fidget spinners.
- Science related videos by Detroit Science Center & Medical Professionals.
- Sport-related videos by England Touch Men’s 30s (a rugby team’s tribute to Team GB) & Racing Force Group.
- Other lip synced videos with friends by Ariel Barros (cosplay), Femke de Schepper & Joris Gootjes.
- Large community performances from Aarschot in Belgium, Doetinchem in The Netherlands, Pavia in Lombardy, Italy & Porta do Sol in Vigo, Spain.
- Entertaining rewrites about the Covid-19 pandemic by Gett Band, Sour Pickles TV (Don’t Be That Guy), Stevie Ray Plarre (Please Stop This Now) & Viagrawal (Don’t Lock Me Down).
- Fun videos by students nearing the end of their studies from GW Law Revue 2013 & Neuro Transmissions (Postdoc Me Now).
- CavemanFilms (Flee For Your Life) – Minecraft parody.
- LUMA Partners – An investment banking parody.
- Y-Studs A Cappella – A catchy Hanukkah celebration, including a chorus of We Are The Champions at the end.
- Gerry Phillips – An impressive hand-farting ‘manualist’ version. Yes, really!
- Gonsero – A clever music video with Lego versions of the band members playing the song.
- Jamie Cocker – A comedian doing interpretive sign language miming of the lyrics.
Written by Roger Taylor
The album could have ended with Don’t Stop Me Now quite easily, with Freddie singing about going off to party for the night. But we actually get one more track by Roger to finish with, on which he sings powerful lead vocals, reaching some impressive high notes (peaking with an E5). He provides a good drum beat too, and there’s a lot of nifty guitar and bass work throughout. So while it’s not one of the best songs on the album, it’s still pretty solid.
It also draws the album to a very suitable conclusion, as it ends with a rapid medley of clips from most of the other tracks, before Roger proclaims that there’s “no more, no more, no more of that Jazz”. Some people do find the random insertion of song extracts rather clunky though, so Youtuber Andy McH has made a Straight Forward Edit that skips the medley and goes right to the end, which works well too.
And that’s it, another album completed. Queen’s final studio record of the 1970s is another enjoyable variety of songs, with the usual mix of smash hits and obscure gems, with all the band members making fantastic contributions to the writing and performances. And they would still have a lot of treats in store in the 1980s as well.
Check out my Queen & Covers playlists for this album, to explore the official videos, live performances, rarities, and other versions of the songs. I’ll update them, and this post, in the future as I become aware of new videos. And if there are others I should check out and consider adding to these or any of my Queen playlists, do let me know. And I’ll review the next album soon!