“And not a minute too soon, baby.”
— Dr. Johnny Fever, American radio personality
Queen wrote two songs that are perfect for any championship sporting event. We Are The Champions, of course, is what the winners get to hear. Meanwhile, the losers get Another One Bites The Dust.
The song was written by Queen’s bassist, John Deacon. Deacon also ended up playing most of the instruments on the track. The band was initially reluctant to release the song as a single but changed their mind after Michael Jackson approached them after a show and told them that Another One Bites The Dust was their best song and that they had to release it as a single. They took Jackson’s advice and the rest is history.
This song came very close to appearing in Rocky III but when the band and the film’s producers couldn’t come to terms, Eye of the Tiger was instead used as the film’s theme song. It’s interesting to imagine how the scenes of Apollo training Rocky would have played out with Queen playing on the soundtrack.
If you play this song backwards, “another one bite the dust” sounds exactly like “You must smoke marijuana.” Apparently, this is just a coincidence. Fortunately, in the 80s, Tipper Gore was too busy going after hair metal to check Queen’s discography for hidden messages.