Which Queen's song best describes her

The British rock band has produced countless timeless hits. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their first appearance, we present our Queen Top 10.

by Kla Linea

Queen made music history in two decades with frontman Freddie Mercury. With over 320 million records sold the British rock band is one of the most commercially successful music groups in the world.

The 10 best songs from the Hit Factory

Queen: Spectacular stage performances and timeless songs.

The four musicians made a name for themselves not only because of their spectacular stage performances (approx. 700 live performances). Her numerous number one hits cover a wide musical spectrum. Incidentally, all musicians had a talent for songwriting: Freddie Mercury (real name: Farrokh Bulsara), Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon (included from 1971). So every catchy tune has contributed to the international success.

Making a best-of list out of this abundance of great songs is a real Herculean task. The heroes of the leisure time have brooded and know that at least ten other hits also have their place in the QueenTop 10 deserved.

You Want it all? Well, here is our - of course very subjective - ranking of the 10 best songs:

Queen Top 10 / 10th place: Killer Queen

The commercial breakthrough. Album: Sheer Heart Attack. Author: Freddie Mercury. Published: 1974.

She’s a killer queen
Gunpowder, gelatin
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Anytime

killer Queen the band finally brought that four years after their founding hoped for commercial and international breakthrough. Freddie Mercury unusually wrote the lyrics of the song first, then composed the melody for it. In an interview for the New Musical Express in November 1974, he commented on the piece as follows. "It's about a high class call girl. I'm trying to say that classy people can be whores as well. "

9th place: Crazy Litte Thing Called Love

The quickie. Album: The Game. Author: Freddie Mercury. Published: 1980.

This thing called love, I just can't handle it
This thing called love, I must get round to it
I'm not ready
Crazy little thing called love

Funny genesis and probably one of the fastest songwriting General: In 1979 in Munich, Freddie Mercury recovered from the exhausting studio recordings in a bubble bath. When he came out of the bathroom with just a towel around his waist, he grabbed the guitar and had in five to ten minutes Crazy Little Thing Called Love finished. Freddie Mercury presents it in proper style Rock 'n' roll song in the video in a crisp black leather outfit, of course with the collar up.

8th place: Who Wants to Live Forever

The film music. Album: A Kind of Magic. Author: Brian May. Published: 1986.

There's no time for us
There's no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams, yet slips away from us?

8th place in our Queen Top 10. Made immortal Who Wants to Live Forever not just Christopher Lambert in the film Highlander - there can only be one, but also Brian May. The guitarist composed the song and sings the first verse in the original version.

7th place: Somebody to Love

The declaration of love. Album: A Day at the Races. Author: Freddie Mercury. Published: 1976.

Can anybody find me
Somebody to love?

The special thing about Somebody to love is this Gospel choir arrangement. Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor's votes were multiplied a hundredfold. Quite a challenge when performing live. Powerful voice of the Appearance in Montreal with Freddie Mercury in a Superman fine rip shirt, beer at the piano and great entertainment. A hero declaration of love to a favorite video: “Okay. Let's do it. "

6th place: Under Pressure

The duet. Album: Hot Space. Authors: Queen & David Bowie. Published: 1982.

Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?
Why can't we give love that one more chance?

If Geniuses collide, great things arise. There are several versions like the song Under pressure originated. What is certain is that David Bowie originally only background vocals for the Queen song Cool cat should have been singing in the studio. During a spontaneous afternoon or a somewhat exhausting all-day jam session - this is where the spirits divide - the artists really poked each other on. The result is one of the most legendary duets of its time and a real artistic masterpiece. Rightly ranked 6th in our Queen Top 10.

Incidentally, the famous bassline also used rappers Vanilla ice at his mega hit Ice Ice Baby.

5th place: Radio Ga Ga

The video. Album: The Works. Author: Roger Taylor. Published: 1984.

We watch the shows - we watch the stars
on videos for hour and hours
we hardly need to use our ears
how music changes through the years.

The critical lines in the text suggest it: A song without a good music video hardly stands a chance. Funnily enough, Queen has just that Radio Ga Gaself heeded and a damned cool and elaborate video produced. Director David Mallet used scenes from, among other things Fitz Lang's science fiction silent film Metropolis and admitted to the MTV Video Music Awards in the category Best Art Direction from.

For the very idiosyncratic title of the song, Roger Taylor let himself be by his Son Felix to inspire. The 3-year-old (the mother is French) commented disparagingly on a radio show with the words “Radio Caca”. Originally the song was supposed to have this title, but it eventually became “Radio Ga Ga”. The rest is history:

4th place: Another One Bites the Dust

The single. Album: The Game. Author: John Deacon. Published: 1980.

Hey, I'm gonna get you too
Another one bites the dust

With over seven million records sold, Another one bites the dust the most successful single release by the British rock band. By the way, the tip was to release the song as a single Michael Jackson after a concert visit.

The song is considered to be unofficial anthem of the losers. Another one bites the dust means that someone else will bite the grass. The song gained somewhat dubious notoriety with the rumor that it had hidden a message about marijuana consumption. If you play the song backwards, you hear sentences It's fun to smoke marijuana and Start to smoke marijuana. At least that's what American evangelicals thought.

Nice Side note on the video: Frontman Freddie Mercury accidentally put on the wrong hat during the recording. When the mistake was noticed, Mercury found the idea so funny that he changed the vest and hat with every subsequent shot.

3rd place: We Are the Champions

The hymn. Album: News of the World. Author: Freddie Mercury. Published: 1977.

We are the champions - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting
Till the end

Freddie Mercury once said in a statement that he was writing too We are the champions at Soccer have thought. He wanted to write a song that fans could hold onto and participate in. That succeeded excellently. Especially at the legendary concerts in large football stadiums, such as at Wembley, the crowd was upside down at such anthems. People especially appreciated the positive energy behind it.

Years after Mercury's death We are the champions played in the honor of the Champions League winner. Of course, the song had to be a little more theatrical than an ordinary football slogan be.

2nd place: The Show Must Go On

The legacy. Album: Innuendo. Author: Queen. Published: 1991.

Inside my heart is breaking
My make-up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on

When Freddie Mercury was already badly marked by his HIV illness, Brian May wrote the song The Show Must Go On. The song is about moving on and getting the most out of your life. So did Mercury, who once again gathered all his strength for the song. For May it is one of Freddie's best singing performances. The single was released just a month before Mercury's death. On the last studio album recorded with Mercury Innuendo it is the twelfth and final song. He is considered to be Mercury's legacy.

1st place: Bohemian Rhapsody

The all-time favorite. Album: A Night at the Opera. Author: Freddie Mercury. Published: 1975.

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?

Number 1 in our Queen Top 10 is musically extraordinary and totally puzzling. The song is 5 minutes 55 seconds long unique in pop and rock music. Suitable for the album A Night at the Opera becomes Bohemian Rhapsody described as operetta-like, operatic-like. Just as unique as his song composition is his text. Freddie Mercury never revealed exactly what the song was about.

About the title: In the English-speaking world, the word Bohemian describes an artist who defies conventions. A rhapsody is a free form of music.

It is thanks to a single DJ that the song was released as a single in its version. The music producers wanted to shorten the lengthy piece so that it could be played at all. Radio dj Kenny Everett played the song 14 times over a weekend. The response from the audience was overwhelming. The record company could no longer save itself from inquiries.

The video too Bohemian Rhapsody is this first pop video and heralded the beginning of the music videos. By the way, it was only produced because the rock band didn't have time to perform live on a BBC production. The rest is history. A worthy number 1 in our Queen Top 10.

How much Queen Moved people to this day, only recently became apparent on July 1, 2017 in Hyde Park, London. 65,000 fans were actually one Green Day Concert came. Than but then Bohemian Rhapsody came out of the boxes, the following happened. Attention, acute goose bumps alarm!

Actually also good for the top 10: Our places 11 to 20.

Our Queen Top 10 are actually enough for them many hits of the cult band Far from it. Therefore, here are another 10 songs that are certainly also among the best songs by the British:

11. Fat Bottomed Girls

12. Innuendo

13. I want to break free

14. We will rock you

15. Bicycle Race

16. Don't stop me now

17. Flash

18. A Kind of Magic

19. Princes of the Universe

20. These Are the Days of Our Lives

Lead photo: (c) Universal Music


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