Replace Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in “Wayne’s World” with some pint-sized singers and you have one of this week’s buzziest videos — a bunch of kids in a car singing along to the infectious 1975 Queen hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
YouTube user southlandification wins the cool dad of the week award for posting his kids’ rendition of the classic, taped on their way to school one day. He notes that it’s a morning habit for the gang to sing the nearly six-minute song, because it is perfectly timed for the commute from driveway to driveway.
His family’s performance is just the latest in a long string of “Bohemian Rhapsody” covers, of course. The Freddie Mercury-penned epic has proven irresistable to singers and amateurs alike, and some fans have called it the greatest pop song, ever. We’re attracted to “Bohemian Rhapsody” again and again because it’s practically several songs within one, and its high drama makes it perfect for anything from a pivotal scene in a show, to a funny viral video. Such as these:
“Wayne’s World’s” “Bohemian Rhapsody”:
The1992 film was responsible for a resurgence of interest in the song, thanks to this scene in the movie — and may be why so many of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” sing-alongs take place in cars to this day.
Drunk guy “Bohemian Rhapsody”:
Arrested for public intoxication by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police late last year, this man sang a remarkably accurate a capella rendition of the song, considering his condition. The police car’s camera caught it all on tape, including his conclusion, “Nothing really matters, even the RCMP!” When the performance was posted online March 28, it went viral.
Muppet “Bohemian Rhapsody”:
When Gonzo, Animal and the gang offered their take on the classic in 2010, as one of their popular YouTube videos, The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna interviewed creator Kirk Thatcher. “Nostalgia "is definitely part of it," Thatcher said of the Muppet videos’ virulence as they tapped into '70s pop culture. "We had a list of 50, 60 songs — 'American Pie,' big ballads that everyone sings along to — but 'Bohemian Rhapsody' rose to the top. It lent itself well to filming 60 to 70 characters."
Show-choir “Bohemian Rhapsody”:
“Glee” has covered “Bohemian Rhapsody,” of course. (It seems as though it has covered almost everything, by now.) In this scene from 2010, a rival show choir presents the song at the schools’ regional competition, as Quinn, a character who has spent the whole season dealing with her unexpected teen pregnancy, goes into labor. The high drama of the song brings both scenes together.
William Shatner “Bohemian Rhapsody”:
Shatner made “Bohemian Rhapsody” his own with a 2011 spoken-word rendition of the song, and a really, really trippy music video.
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