Rolling Stone ranked it as number 163 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
The song also came in tenth in a BBC World Service poll to find the world's favourite song.
As of 2004, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the second most played song on British radio, in clubs and on jukeboxes collectively, after Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale".
When it was released as a single, "Bohemian Rhapsody" became a commercial success, staying at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies by the end of January 1976. It reached number one again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death, eventually becoming the UK's third best selling single of all time.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" topped the list on an ITV nationwide poll to find 'The Nation's Favourite Number One' over 60 years of music, with the TV programme airing on 15 July 2012. The poll was voted for by the British public and beat records such as Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" (No.2), Adele's, "Someone like You" (No.3) and Oasis', "Don't Look Back in Anger" (No.4). The single was accompanied by a promotional video, which many scholars consider ground-breaking.