Radio Ga Ga (5:44)

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“Radio Ga Ga” is a song performed and recorded by Queen, and was written by their drummer Roger Taylor for the band’s 1984 album The Works. It was released as a single with I Go Crazy, a Brian May-written track, as its original B-side (3:42).

The single was an enormous worldwide success for the band. It reached number two in the UK (kept from the number one spot only by Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s smash hit “Relax”). In the USA it reached the number 16 spot. This was also their last Top 20 hit single in the US until 1992.

“Rado Ga Ga” is said to be a commentary on the invention of television’s overtaking radio’s popularity and how one would listen to radio for a favorite comedy, drama, or sci-fi program and so on. It also pertained to the advent of the music video and MTV. (Ironically, the video would become a regular staple on MTV in 1984.)

Taylor originally conceived it as “Radio Ca-Ca” (apparently from something his toddler son once said), a slam against radio for the decrease in variety of programming and the type of music being played. It was eventually changed to “Radio Ga Ga”, because that sounded better, clearer, and rolled off the tongue more easily. There are rumors that the publishers objected to the original title because of the close resemblance of “Ca-Ca” to a common word for feces in many languages.

Freddie Mercury spoke about the song in a 1984 interview.

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  • lukasz_pulawski

    Timeless!

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • IgIanBarrett

    Никогда не жил во времена, когда музыку можно было слушать только по радио и в живую, но слушая эту песню, я чувствую странную ностальгию... Видимо, генетическая память.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sternenfee0

    <<<✶Klasse Song!!✶<<<

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Balisongas1994

    Clap Clap

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Coming to a radio near you...and digitally enhanced!

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • EriF_JR

    lady gaga SUCKS, Radio Ga Ga ROCKS [∞] +

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • AndyWorck

    It was surprise for me that Roger wrote this song...

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • hf1809

    good cool song <33

    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    It may not have reached number one in the U.S. or the UK, but it topped the charts in 19 other countries. Perhaps it’s because “Radio Gaga” was criticizing the quality of the music being played by radio stations and the impending takeover of the medium by television, and in particular MTV. Regardless, The Works single quickly became a live staple, most notably captivating over 70,000 Live Aid concertgoers. -- watchmojo

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • tygergurl72

    Always loved this song/video. Queen is one of the best! Wish Freddie was still with us today...

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • koaxi

    Excellent song. Does often get pushed to the side in favor of other Queen songs with greater popularity.

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • materatzowy

    used to be one of my all-time favorites... well, it still is.

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • getluckys

    Lady gaga named herself after this song...True Fact... [3]

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • agnessilvap

    Fuck Lady Gaga.

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • sternenfee0

    ☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆--Klasse!!--☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆ :-))

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Fuck lady gaga.

    28 Feb 2014 Reply
  • dscomic

    LastFm radio.... someone still loves you....

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • yerbyderby

    Queen has written better songs.

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • R_Victor

    Cara :') ♥

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • m-saIami

    This was their best without any doubt

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
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