PEAK POSITION: Number 1 (14 weeks – 9 in 1975 and 5 in 1991)
SALES: 2.795m (September 2017)
YEAR OF RELEASE: October 1975
YEAR IT REACHED 1 MILLION SALES: December 1975
The Official Chart Company has suggested that more people in the UK own a copy of Bohemian Rhapsody than any other track. It has topped the chart on two separate occasions for 14 weeks altogether, but it also features on the biggest-selling UK album ever, Queen’s Greatest Hits which has sold six million copies. It wins countless ‘best single ever’ surveys, and it was named Best Single Since 1952 at the first BRIT Awards.
The song entered the charts at the start of November 1975 and reached Number 1 three weeks later. It became the first record since Paul Anka’s million-selling ‘Diana’ to spend nine weeks at the top of the charts. It sold a million copies during this time.
Then, in December 1991, a month after the death of Freddie Mercury, the song re-entered the chart at Number 1 and stayed there for five weeks altogether – selling a million copies again!
It is also the only single to be a Christmas Number 1 on two separate occasions, and the only one to be Number 1 in four different calendar years (1975, 1976, 1991 and 1992).
It has famously been included on film soundtracks (Wayne’s World) and has been covered many times, but notably by the Muppets and Rolf Harris!
Update 2-12-2016: Sales were reported as 2.52 million.
In September 2017 combined sales were reported as 2.795 million, including 2.54 million physical sales and downloads.