One of the weirder bits of trivia I picked up in college was the fact that the single most parodied song in existence is The Streets of Laredo.
I can believe this. I personally have heard any number of versions of that song and may well have contributed to the total number of parodies, though I have no distinct memory of having done so. Things like that happen in college.
But that was a long time ago, and my guess is that with the advent of YouTube and the fact that The Streets of Laredo was an old song even when I was young, things have changed. If I had to guess, I’d say that the current reigning champion for parodied songs is probably Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
Or maybe it’s just the “Most Covered Song.” Sometimes it’s an awfully thin line between the two.
So I did a bit of digging around on YouTube, which is a site dedicated to the proposition that there are a great many people on this planet upon whose hands time weighs very heavily, and sure enough, I found more than my share of versions of that song.
These need to be shared with the wider world, or at least that portion of it that reads this blog. And since Nathan wants me to demonstrate that I have in fact internalized his helpful instructions on how to create links on this blog, I figured that this would be a good way to do that.
So here are twenty more versions of Bohemian Rhapsody, many of which appear to have been produced by people who were actively sober during the process.
Four Finns in a Volkswagen
On a ukulele (and a marvelously peaceful rendition it is)
On two ukuleles and a drum set (not peaceful, just weird)
25 of the Most Annoying Voices in Music
An Austrian brass band
Everything sounds better in bluegrass
Or as a polka
Maybe a symphony?
One guy, four violins
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theater
For your newborn, here it is as a lullaby
A bassoon quartet
Violin rock and roll
One guy, one guitar, and a whole lot of dreadlocks
Hungary’s Got Talent!