Though he did get the hologram treatment 2012 on the 10th anniversary of London’s West End musical production of We Will Rock You, the late British howler Freddie Mercury is sadly still not among us, today being his would-be 68th birthday. Of course his phantasmal imprint on Queen and rock is forever, penning operatic tales that crossed genres years ahead of their time. “Killer Queen,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” his songwriting credits dominated the band’s oeuvre, immediate anthems that fit right snug in their arena shoes. For sing-along sake, though, let us rewind to 1978 with “Don’t Stop Me Now,” that Google honored with a fine homage a couple years back on Mercury’s 65th. Although they cut the doodle short of the song’s finest verse:

I’m a rocket ship on my way to Mars
On a collision course
I am a satellite I’m out of control
I am a sex machine ready to reload
Like an atom bomb about to
Oh oh oh oh oh explode