5 Impossibly Hard Freddie Mercury Vocal Parts
Freddie Mercury’s voice is magical. From ballads to pop-rock tunes, he always sang them with power and finesse. He was simply unlike any other and though many have tried, his voice can never been duplicated. And yet, with Queen’s extensive catalog, there are songs that stand out because they are among those with the hardest vocal parts from Mercury.
Let’s check them out.
Inspired by the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the song features three-part harmonies and during the bridge, Mercury’s steady vibrato is absolute difficult to imitate even by professional singers. Not only that but there’s an insanely high note towards the end. And what’s even more amazing is that during a live performance in Paris, Mercury’s vocal performance was exactly the same as the studio recording.
“Rock It (Prime Jive)”
It’s drummer Roger Taylor who took over the lead vocal duties but for the intro, it’s all Freddie Mercury. It’s difficult to pull off simply because Mercury was an immensely talented singer with full control of his vocals.
“I Was Born to Love You”
A single from Mercury’s only solo studio album, there’s a reason why he’s highly revered even among his peers. As far as singing goes, no one can do it like him. Take this song for example. It’s not just the high notes, there’s a burst of creative energy and power from Mercury that makes it harder to sing. Yet another proof that he was in a league of his own.
“How Can I Go On”
By 1988, there was no doubt that Freddie Mercury was a cut above the rest. But he took it to the next level when he teamed up with operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé for the album Barcelona. In How Can I Go On, he showcased his versatility.
“Gimme The Prize”
Brian May revealed that Mercury hated this song. And rumor has it that his vocal chords were hurt during recording and that basically says a lot about how much it took to sing this especially since Mercury was never one to shy away from difficult vocal performances.