The Miracle (song)
"The Miracle" is the fifth and last single
Single (music)
In music, a single or record single is a type of release, typically a recording of fewer tracks than an LP or a CD. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, the single is a song that is released separately from an album, but it can still appear...

 from Queen
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's 1989
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An album is a collection of recordings, released as a single package on gramophone record, cassette, compact disc, or via digital distribution. The word derives from the Latin word for list .Vinyl LP records have two sides, each comprising one half of the album...

 The Miracle. It was composed by the entire band, though Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury
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 was the main driving force. It was released as a single in late November 1989, some six months after the album. It was the last of the singles from that album to be released, and the first 5th single released from any of Queen's albums from EMI.

The song uses the album's artwork inverted with a hologram-like fashion.

Mercury began writing the song after he and John Deacon made some chords and decided which one would be the theme. All four contributed to the lyrics and musical ideas, and the song was still credited to the entire band because they had agreed to do so during the album recording, regardless of who had been the actual writer. While both Mercury and May regarded this as one of their favourites, Taylor said in the audio commentary of Greatest Video Hits II that although it was not a favourite of his, he respected it as "an incredibly complex track".

The song describes several of "God's creations, great and small", such as great buildings like the Taj Mahal
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 and the Tower of Babel
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, all described as "miracles" in the song. The song also references such well-known figures as Captain Cook, Cain and Abel
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, and Jimi Hendrix
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Music video

The music video for the song features four young boys - Paul Howard as Brian May, James Currie as John Deacon, Adam Gladdish as Roger Taylor, and a then-unknown Ross McCall
Ross McCall
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 as Freddie Mercury – performing as Queen on stage. Throughout the video, McCall appears dressed as four different incarnations of Mercury: '70s era (long hair and harlequin leotard), early '80s (thick mustache, leather jacket and pants), the mid-80s Live Aid outfit, and Magic Tour '86 (the iconic yellow leather jacket, white pants and Adidas
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 sneakers). Queen themselves appear only near the end of the video. According to Roger Taylor, Mercury joked about sending the boys out on tour instead of them because of how well they did in the video. According to a story in a 2011 issue of rock magazine NME
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, the boy playing the part of Brian May (Howard) is currently fronting London rock band Silvery
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  • On the B-side of the original single a live version of the song "Stone Cold Crazy
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    " can be found.

Chart performance

Chart (1989) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart 16 9
German Singles Chart 78 4
Irish Singles Chart 23 1
UK Singles Chart 21 5
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