Barcelona (4:25)

Cover of The Freddie Mercury Album

From The Freddie Mercury Album and 7 other releases

“Barcelona” is a single released by Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury and opera singer Montserrat Caballé in 1987, taken from the two’s collaborative album, Barcelona. The song also appeared on Queen’s Greatest Hits III.

This song indulges in Mercury’s love of opera and the theatre, with his high notes and Caballe’s soothing opera vocals blending together over a lush orchestral backing to create one of the biggest hits of Mercury’s solo career. Also of note is that, for the music video, Mercury shaved off his trademark moustache, which he had for most of the 1980s.

On its original release, the song reached number eight in the UK Singles Chart. In 1992, after being used for the 1992 Summer Olympics (for which it was originally commissioned before Mercury’s death in 1991), the track reached a new peak of number two in the UK and is his second highest-charting solo hit.

In 2004, BBC Radio 2 listed Barcelona at #41 in its Sold On Song Top 100, stating; “Freddie Mercury had been a long time fan of Monserrat Caballé. They struck up an unlikely friendship after Mercury had quipped on Spanish television that he was hoping to meet the Spanish Diva during a visit to Barcelona in 1986. Word of the interview got back to Caballe and in February the following year Mercury and producer Mike Moran went over to Barcelona to meet her. They became friends and Caballe called on Freddie when the search was on for a song to commemorate the Olympic Games in Barcelona. As she recalls “he was a big opera fan and had come to see me in Barcelona. And when the mayor asked for a song to commemorate the Olympic Games we thought of him.


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