There are so many covers of Queen’s 1980 John Deacon-penned #1 hit single. Here are 27 covers, parodies, and other instances of biting the dust, all in a conveniently packaged YouTube playlist above for your listening pleasure.
Individual links along with some liner notes appear below for most of the clips.
Apologetix, “that Christian parody band,” gives us their version, “Another One Died for Us.” Check out my article on them here. A version of that piece also appears in my book How to Be Inappropriate.
A recent discovery–Sugar Daddy, way Old School, 1980. I am off to eBay to get my own version of this.
USC marching band. Yo.
Mariachi version. Superb. There’s more–click on the embed to see others.
“This Is How We Bite The Dust,” Q-Unit’s 50 Cent/Queen mash-up project.
Glee cast recording.
8-bit cover. Yay!
The artist name is Captain Jack. It has nothing to do with Billy Joel’s song of same name.
Banda Quattor’s cover. Whenever I see Italian or Spanish in a YouTube clip, I pray–pray–that it’s in that language. Or at least awkward English. This is the latter.
This CPR training video uses ‘Bites The Dust.’ Strikes me as not very optimistic.
A 2007 Live performance by 0vueen is the first Korean Queen Tribute Band. They fucking rock.
This one is by a friend or relative of a troll on the Queenzone.com site. Small world, the Queen fan world.
Two 4 One’s cover. “We wanted to bring this awesome song into 2009 and make it new again.” Right.
The Flavor Biscuits. For those of y’all who wear cargo shorts. C’mon.
Wyclef Jean’s version. I believe this is from the Small Soldiers soundtrack. Directed by Michel Gondry.
Some cockatiel sings AOBTD. I have the same doll.
The easiest guitar lesson you’ll see today.
Kyle in art class kicks out the ukelele jams.
Reggae a capella? Yes.
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s classic “Another One Rides The Bust.”
Marie. Osmond. Yes. Thanks to Monica Maravilla for this tip.
And, finally, this. In their run-up to the playoffs in 1980, the Detroit Lions’ Jimmy “Spiderman” Allen, along with teammates Dave Hill and Jimmy Hunter–re-recorded ‘Dust’ with Lion-hype-type lyrics. Here’s another link of the song with an image of the record.