16 Popular Songs That Actually Took Forever to Write

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Freddie Mercury took six years to complete “Bohemian Rhapsody”


Freddie actually began to work on this song in the late ’60s. Roy Thomas Baker, the song’s producer, once explained how it all began: “[Freddie] played the beginning on the piano, then stopped and said, ‘And this is where the opera section comes in!’ Then we went out to eat dinner.” The band considered the song original and “worthy of work,” so they spent a lot of time writing the material before they started recording. The guitarist, Brian May, also noted that the song was “all in Freddie’s mind” before they went to the studio.

The song itself took another three weeks to record, and Brian, Freddie, and Roger sang vocals for up to 12 hours a day.

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