It is Queen’s most popular song and considered one of the greatest rock ballads of all time!
It became the UK’s third best-selling single of all time and is also one of the best-selling singles of all time, selling over six million copies worldwide. This song also made it into the Grammy Hall of Fame back in 2004.
This phenomenal song regained popularity in 2018 when the song’s title became a biographical drama film about Freddie Mercury.
If you are thinking about “Bohemian Rhapsody”, then you are absolutely right!
In addition to this song’s achievements, according to Forbes:
“Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is officially the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century.”
“Not only that but Universal Music Group (UMG), has revealed the iconic single by the British rock legends is also the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time.”
This legendary rock song was sung by UC Berkeley’s all-men acapella group.
This octet of college students fearlessly performed to the high expectations of the iconic song by Queen.
Together, they imprinted an unforgettable a capella performance not only to the people present that day, but also to the rest of the world who saw it online.
Berkeley invites everyone to listen to their beautiful acapella music.
They actually have a dedicated Facebook page that features their LIVE performances online.
“Can’t make Sproul performances for a cappella groups because of class? Feeling sick and can’t get out of bed? Here’s your solution!”
College life is exciting but nerve-wracking at the same time. It is a crucial part of life where your future is being decided upon. It is where you hone and sharpen whatever skills you have in order to survive in the real world.
Campus and stage performances like this are an exhale from all the stress that students get from academics. It’s a recreational way to have fun while showing other talents that the students may have.
As of this year, Berkeley has two major acapella groups.
“DEcadence? DeCaDANCE? DeKAWdence? No matter what you call us, DeCadence (“duh-KAY-dence”) is a student-run, co-ed a cappella group from UC Berkeley that loves to add some music and fun to your day. We sing indie, pop, jazz, and any other genre that comes our way, often while sporting our iconic gold capes.”
“[Drawn to Scale] are a co-ed a cappella group founded at UC Berkeley in 2008. DtS is a diverse group of caring, dedicated, and talented students who come together to share in their passion for performing and love for one another. They continuously strive to maintain a high standard of musicality while bringing music to life in innovative and exciting ways.”
This performance in particular is splendidly beautiful!
As they belt out the first few lines of the song, the audience immediately lets out an uproar of cheers. At that moment, you’d already know that this octet is no ordinary acapella group.
Though the group is mixing it up with a little humor by their comic gestures, there is no doubt that they were chosen to perform for one good reason, and that’s because each of the young lads is exceptionally talented.
Can they live up to the demands of the song?
Bohemian Rhapsody is not just a rock song. It’s also referred to as a “genius song” by many people and other artists.
According to Wikipedia,
“It is a six-minute suite, consisting of several sections without a chorus: an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock part and a reflective coda.”
Other artists have also made their own versions of the song, but all the complexity of the song is just too hard to execute. And seeing these young gentlemen performing it in front of a crowd makes it even unimaginable.
But these guys are not trying to impress the people, they just want to show their talents.
That probably takes their performance out of the context of copying or competing with the original performance of Queen.
They are just talented college students trying to have fun.
Also, let us take note of what an acapella of eight men looks like.
They were given solo parts, but to keep the melody and rhythm altogether while doing some funny antics on stage is simply awesome. It’s definitely a well-choreographed performance!
And do not forget the rock part!
When the rock part finally comes in, the young lads disperse into a wild group of air guitarists!
They look like they’re having the time of their lives because of that performance. This is the main reason why we all want this pandemic to be over, we all miss LIVE performances, wouldn’t you agree?
Freddie Mercury would’ve been so proud if not laughing on his back. Only if he is still with us today to witness this and the countless versions of their song from all around the world.
Talent and humor, these guys have it!
There’s no wonder why the video of their performance has reached over 3.8 million views on YouTube alone.
Watch the video below to see this a capella group’s brilliant version of Bohemian Rhapsody!
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