Freddie Mercury wrote this with lyrical ideas by the other three band members. The song is very introspective, asking if the sacrifices he and his bandmates made to the gods of rock and roll were worth it. As he recalls their struggle and glory, it becomes clear that it was indeed worth it.
Mercury did the orchestral interludes note-by-note done on a Korg M1 keyboard.
Sebas - Tokyo, Japan
Mercury had a very compelling story, but he kept some things intensely private, including his AIDS diagnosis, which came around this time. Even his bandmates didn't know until they began working on their next album, Innuendo, which was the last Queen album released in his lifetime. Mercury's legend grew after his death, and in 2018 a feature film, Bohemian Rhapsody, focused on his journey and the story of Queen.
Though "Was It All Worth It" wasn't released as a single it remains popular among the Queen fanbase. Bassist John Deacon cited it as his favorite track on The Miracle.
In November 2022, Queen released The Miracle Collector's Edition, a boxed set containing unreleased tracks, alternate takes, demos, and radio interviews. In celebration of its release, the band made available a music video for "Was It All Worth It" directed by Simon Lupton.