Wiki: John Deacon‘s bass line was inspired by the song “Good Times” by the disco group Chic. In an interview with NME, Chic co-founder Bernard Edwards stated, “…that Queen record came about because that Queen bass player… spent some time hanging out with us at our studio”.
Recording sessions were produced by Reinhold Mack at Musicland Studios in Munich (West Germany) and consisted of Deacon playing almost all the instruments: bass guitar,piano, rhythm and lead guitars and handclap percussion. Roger Taylor added a drum loop and Brian May contributed some noises with his guitar and an Eventide Harmonizer. There are no synthesisers used in the song: all effects are created with pianos, guitars, and drums, with subsequent tape playback performed in reverse at various speeds. Finally, some sound effects were run through the harmonizer for further processing. The effect of the harmonizer can be heard clearly in the “swirling” nature of the sound immediately before the first lyric. After attending a Queen concert in Los Angeles, Michael Jackson suggested to Freddie Mercury backstage that “Another One Bites the Dust” be released as a single. In early live performances, Taylor sang lead on the chorus, as opposed to the studio version sung entirely by Mercury. As the song became more well-known, the band could rely on audiences to sing the chorus by themselves.
At the 1981 American Music Awards on 30 January, “Another One Bites the Dust” won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single. The song also garnered Queen a Grammynomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The band lost to Bob Seger‘s album Against the Wind. The music video for “Another One Bites the Dust” was filmed at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The song also appears in Queen’s Greatest Hits album in 1981.