Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” was not intended to be released as a single. They were later convinced to do so by Michael Jackson who had attended a Queen concert in Los Angeles and suggested it to Freddie Mercury backstage.

Another One Bites the Dust

“Another One Bites the Dust” is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by bassist John Deacon, the song featured on the group’s eighth studio album The Game (1980). The song was a worldwide hit, charting number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, from 4 October to 18 October (their second number-one single in the country). The song spent 15 weeks in the Billboard top 10 (the longest running top ten song of 1980), including 13 weeks in the top five, and 31 weeks total on the chart (more than any other song in 1980). It reached number two on the Hot Soul Singles chart and the Disco Top 100 chart, and number seven on the UK Singles Chart. The song is credited as Queen’s best-selling single, with sales of over 7 million cop… Continue Reading (11 minute read)

7 thoughts on “Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” was not intended to be released as a single. They were later convinced to do so by Michael Jackson who had attended a Queen concert in Los Angeles and suggested it to Freddie Mercury backstage.”

  1. llamanatee

    “I listened to a lot of soul music when I was in school,” John recalls, “and I’ve always been interested in that sort of music. I’d been wanting to do a track like Another One Bites The Dust for a while, but originally all I had was the line and the bass riff. Gradually I filled it in and the band added ideas. I could hear it as a song for dancing but had no idea it would become as big as it did. The song got picked up off our album and some of the black radio stations in the US started playing it, which we’ve never had before. **In the end it was a famous fan who swayed the vote: “Michael Jackson actually suggested we release it as a single. He was a fan of ours and used to come to our shows.”**

    [04-XX-1996 – Bassist & Bass Techniques](https://web.archive.org/web/20150605105303/http://queenarchives.com/index.php?title=John_Deacon_-_04-XX-1996_-_Bassist_%26_Bass_Techniques)

  2. adamchain

    I love to imagine MJ doing a sweet little dance move after every time he gave advice.

  3. KetosisCat

    I can believe that. It has a very Micheal Jackson sound to it.

  4. blootsie

    It’s fun to smoke marijuana

  5. NewYearsBabyBigShow

    If the King of Pop is telling you to release a song, you hit it.

  6. Autobottom

    What’s the significance of being released as a single?

  7. cl0th0s

    That song is right up MJ’s alley.

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