Updated: Aug 27, 2021
“A Night at the Opera” is the fourth studio album by British rock group Queen released on November 21, 1975. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive album ever recorded. The production value shines throughout the flashy and eccentric track arrangement, alternating between high energy power ballads directly into ukulele campfire sing along songs with no shortage of operatic transitions in between. This experimental progressive approach to music making is perfect embodied in the album’s biggest single “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Critics at the time were unsure of what to make of Queen’s strange masterpiece and record executives warned that the songs were too long and erratic for radio, but fans worldwide readily embraced Queen’s theatrics. “A Night at the Opera” landed Queen their first number one song in the U.K. and launched a year long, four continent tour in support of the album which solidified their status as irrefutable rock stars. Go along for the ride with tracks like “You’re My Best Friend,” “The Prophet’s Song,” and the classic rock staple “Bohemian Rhapsody” by streaming the album from start to finish on Spotify!