It was evident that something different was special when Queen’s debut album was released in 1973.
The core of it was just another quartet hard rock group formed in England filled with muscle and passion. The operatic harmony, enhanced by the lustrous Roy Thomas Baker production and unique ability to control dynamics, set Queen aside from the start The band only developed as they went on.
In 14 albums (before Mercury’s death in 1991), Queen became the leader and the definition of rock pomp with all its splendor and awe. They never stopped pounding and pounding, but their ambitions beyond the peak in “Bohemian Rhapsody” were beautifully constructed and uncompromisingly bombastic. Even Queen’s quiet sounded huge and is designed to rock the Earth, which will continue to do so thanks to the timeless stomping in “We Will Rock You.”
From ‘A Night at the Opera’ (1975)
Did anyone doubt which song would be on this list? Best Queen songs list? The multi-part epic that was meticulously made using razor blades and modern technology that is still unable to match the sounds of the head of Freddie Mercury is now widely regarded as their best work. Each of the six distinct parts reveals each aspect of the band’s diverse talent and potential. The video is equally innovative, as we’ve not seen anyone who could shut this track off before the end of it. You can listen to these and other Queen songs by purchasing a Spotify subscription on the website: https://ggsel.net/catalog/spotify-premium-8930
‘We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions
From ‘News of the World’ (1977)
Naturally, any of these tracks could end up among the greatest Queen songs by itself; however, speaking about one without having the other is odd. Where could the sports world be if there weren’t these living, breathing sound recordings of inspiration and winning? This is a question we’d like to know: What music did players of basketball, baseball, and footballers listen to while they were crowned world champions in 1977?
Killer Queen (1974)
An upbeat song about a high-class prostitute, “Killer Queen,” appeared on Sheer Heart Attack and showed Queen’s amazing capability to produce closely synched music. The song was a No.2 on the charts in October 1974 and was Queen their debut US smash. It had all the enthusiasm that made Queen famous. “You almost expect Noel Coward to sing it,” said Mercury. May considered the album a “turning point” in discovering the group’s desired style. It features multiple layers of guitar with 12 different overdubs and one of the band’s excellent solo guitars.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (1980)
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” the song that was written when Mercury was in a refreshing bath in the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, became a massive smash. “I’m someone who is loving. Love was the reason for this music,” Mercury said. The song is classic Queen entertainment and became a hit that other artists could perform. Robert Plant, Dwight Yoakam, Diana Ross, Michael Buble, and Showaddywaddy have recorded their versions of the song.
Under Pressure (1981)
The powerful duet featuring Freddie Mercury and David Bowie developed during an unplanned music session held during a jam session at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland. Mercury and Bowie played games with each other over which singers would be the loudest. Deacon played a lively bass line, and the spontaneousness, which includes Mercury’s scat vocals, is irresistible. Bowie insists that the duo of him and Mercury could not discern what each sang and swapped lyrics blindly, adding the musical improvisation. “We felt our way through a backing track as an ensemble,” said Brian May. “When the backing track was done, David said, ‘OK, let’s each of us go in the vocal booth and sing how we think the melody should go – just off the top of our heads – and we’ll compile a vocal out of that.'” The lovely song reached No.1 on the charts in the UK and became the foundation for another unforgettable pop hit: Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.” Bowie played it in an event to pay tribute to Mercury in 1992.
‘I Want to Break Free
It was composed by the bassist John Deacon, and the song was written from the male viewpoint of the feminist movement. The song parodies Coronation Street and famously features all four band performers in drag. It was an act that led to the song being banned from MTV in the United States.
“They must’ve thought men dressing up in drag wasn’t ‘rock’ enough,” declared Roger Taylor. However, the well-known electric guitar solo is not a guitar but a synth composed by Fred Mandel, something Brian May was not a fan of initially.
‘Somebody to Love
“Somebody to Love” is an incredibly rock-infused anthem on Queen’s debut album “A Day at the Races.” The track begins with an A cappella choir that resembles a gospel before advancing to a soaring chorus featuring Freddie Mercury’s trademark high-pitched vocals. The lyrics are about a desperate need for validation and love by quoting lines such as “Can anybody find me, somebody, to love?” and “I get down on my knees, and I start to pray.” The track has intricate harmony and an energetic beat. It also features a keyboard and guitar solo, which showcases the group’s ability to play music. The catchy chorus is a hit and has been a popular song often covered by other musicians. “Somebody to Love” captures the passion and energy which is the core of Queen’s music. This makes it the most popular song among fans and their most lasting song.
A Kind Of Magic
Like the Who Would Like To Live Forever, A Kind Of Magic was written in 1986 to accompany the movie Highlander. The track was written by the group’s drummer, Roger Taylor, with heavy influences taken from the script of Highlander. It was a massive international hit, although it only reached the top spot in Spain’s chart. It’s also famous for its distinct music video, with Mercury awakening the rest of the group out of a trance through his vocals.
‘Tie Your Mother Down
“Tie Your Mother Down” is a rock track by Queen released in 1976. It features a rousing rock riff with powerful lyrics and a catchy chorus. The lyrics are provocative and include reference to “women with the problems” as well as a plea to “tie your mother down” and “get that big, big, big, big, big, daddy out of jail.” The track is written for guitarist Brian May, who also composes the lead guitar part, interspersed with Freddie Mercury’s vocals. “Tie Your Mother Down” is now a classic rock classic and is well-known for its anthemic sound and live-performance enthusiasm. The track’s rebellious attitude and rock ‘n’ roll attitude have made its fans a beloved and crucial piece of Queen’s discography.
‘Stone Cold Crazy
“Stone Cold Crazy” is the hard-rocking and heavy metal track by Queen, who is usually credited as a precursor to the thrash genre. The track begins with a drum beat that is pounding that soon explodes into a frantic guitar riff with the powerful voice of Freddie Mercury, making the song more intense. The lyrics, composed by the bassist John Deacon, tell the tale of a man who is pushed towards the edge of his life and may snap. The fast-moving verses and the rumbling guitar solos add to the feeling of chaos and fearful danger brought by the track. “Stone Cold Crazy” was initially recorded as part of Queen’s album in 1974, “Sheer Heart Attack,” It was later a popular song in their live concerts. The song was released in 1991. Metallica performed the track in a tribute album for Queen and introduced the song to a new generation of rock fans. The track’s raw energy and loud sound make it among Queen’s most famous and well-known songs.