There is a lot to love about the Muppets. Whether it’s something as wide-ranging as their unforgettable episodes or as specific as the experiments in Dr. Bunsen Honeydew’s lab, the Muppets have won over the hearts of many over the years in numerous ways. Yes, and that includes their many viral videos. Nothing proves that as much as the Muppets' cover of the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
I was blown away the first time I saw this video. It was released in 2009 and has more than 59 million views. The cover features many familiar faces like Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Animal, and Beaker. All of them are singing the classic song with a few tweaks to the lyrics along the way. I especially love the beginning with Gonzo and Animal, when Pepe shows up, and the end, when there’s a certain revelation with Kermit that I won’t give away just in case you haven’t seen the video after all these years.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Kirk Thatcher from the Muppets said that they had a list of songs they wanted to cover but this one “rose to the top.”
“It lent itself to filming with 60 to 70 characters,” he said.
The song is definitely a great choice for the characters and its popularity even led to it being released as a single available for download. The Muppets have created a lot of cool covers over the years. Beaker performed a fantastic version of "Ode to Joy" and then there's a wonderful take on "Jungle Boogie" with Electric Mayhem and Sam the Eagle. But out of them all, "Bohemian Rhapsody" still rocks the hardest.