7 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’
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Queen has some of the greatest classic rock hits in history. Most of their songs have aged pretty well. And while Bohemian Rhapsody might be their definitive track, we’re now shining the spotlight on another timeless tune – Don’t Stop Me Now.
Here are seven interesting facts about it:
1. Freddie Mercury struggled with the lyrics.
According to guitarist Brian May, it was a tough time in Mercury’s life because he was “taking lots of drugs and having sex with lots of men.”
2. Based on scientific studies, this song ranked #1 as the most feel-good song.
“A feel good song is very personal,” Dr. Jacob Jolij said. “Music is intimately linked with memory and emotion, and these associations strongly determine whether a song will put you in a good mood or not.”
3. May thought the track “was a lot of fun.”
“… but I did have an undercurrent feeling of, ‘aren’t we talking about danger here,’ because we were worried about Freddie at this point,” he added. “That feeling lingers, but it’s become almost the most successful Queen track as regards to what people play in their car or at their weddings. It’s become a massive, massive track and an anthem to people who want to be hedonistic. It was kind of a stroke of genius from Freddie.”
4. It experienced a resurgence in popularity after it was featured in the 2004 cult classic zombie apocalypse film Shaun of the Dead.
It played on the jukebox during a zombie attack.
5. Viewers of BBC’s Top Gear voted this as the “Greatest Driving Song Ever.”
6. Drummer Roger Taylor didn’t think it was one of their finest musical moments.
“I don’t necessarily think it’s one of our best songs, but I love the sentiment ‘call me Mr. Fahrenheit,'” he told Mojo magazine. “It’s hilarious and it’s become a sort of rallying cry.”
7. Queen fans voted its chorus as the band’s best ever lyric.
In the survey result, “Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball” was Queen’s best.