Queen landed on the UK singles chart for the week ending July 28, 1984, marking their 25th appearance. Even more impressive was the fact that all but one were Top 40 hits. In a fantastic year for the band, “It’s A Hard Life” debuted at No. 23 on the charts. They had two UK Top 3 hits, “Radio Ga Ga” and “I Want To Break Free,” and their 11th studio album, The Works, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The new single was a favorite of Brian May, who stated on the Greatest Hits 2 DVD commentary, “In my opinion, this is one of Freddie Mercury’s most beautiful songs. I sat with him for hours upon hours upon hours in an effort to coax the most out of him during the creation process. It is one of his most beautiful songs.”
The single climbed 17 spots to No.6 in its second week on the chart, while Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Two Tribes” maintained its lengthy reign at the top. This was the song’s highest position in the United Kingdom, but it reached No. 2 in Ireland and No. 4 in the Netherlands. It peaked at No.72 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it performed less well. The band’s single “Radio Ga-Ga” reached No. 16 in the United States, while “I Want To Break Free” peaked at No. 45. Within two months, Queen reentered the British Top 20 with “Hammer To Fall” and scored a Christmas hit with “Thank God It’s Christmas.” It marked the first of three times Queen had five singles chart entries in the UK in the same calendar year, a remarkable feat they repeated in 1989 and 1991.
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