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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  • AndyWorck

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

    26 Jul 11:29am Reply
  • hf1809

    good cool song <33

    5 Jul 12:44pm 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 8:08pm Reply
  • tygergurl72

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

    29 May 3:43pm Reply
  • koaxi

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

    22 Apr 10:37pm Reply
  • materatzowy

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

    21 Apr 4:53pm Reply
  • getluckys

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

    20 Mar 3:44pm Reply
  • agnessilvap

    Fuck Lady Gaga.

    6 Mar 1:54am Reply
  • sternenfee0

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

    4 Mar 4:32pm Reply
  • jpunexpected

    y'all are annoying as fuck

    2 Mar 11:41pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Fuck lady gaga.

    28 Feb 9:57pm Reply
  • dscomic

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

    19 Feb 7:38pm Reply
  • yerbyderby

    Queen has written better songs.

    11 Feb 5:54pm Reply
  • R_Victor

    Cara :') ♥

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • m-saIami

    This was their best without any doubt

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • anes77

    Brings back so many memories. Nostalgia's a bitch.

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Luard

    I always love Queen's music, but not this song until I listening playing GTA V.

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Jedralski

    How music changes through the years... sad.

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • FFancy24

    Yep, coming to a Grand Theft Auto game near you.

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ArturFreire

    Lady gaga named herself after this song...True Fact... [2]

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
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