The 9 Best Songs by Queen
Queen was the first band my dad ever introduced me to. I spent a good amount of time rifling through his vinyl collection, plucking out every Queen LP I could find and listening to it as many times as I could manage. As a young instrumentalist, I aspired to emulate each and every member of Queen for the immense talent they brought to the group. The band has an extremely diverse catalog and took on many different musical personas through their career, making it very difficult to create a definitive list of their greatest songs. Nonetheless, here is my (subjective) list of Queen’s greatest songs:
1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – A Night at the Opera
Highlight: 4:45 in, the guitar and piano breakdown into the outro.
2. “Seven Seas of Rhye” – Queen
Highlight: the entire piano part. Also the tambourine at 1:00.
3. “Seaside Rendezvous” – A Night at the Opera
Highlight: the vocal imitations at 0:50. Seriously, the entire breakdown was recorded with vocals in 1975. Also, the little “tap break” at 1:12 was performed by Mercury and Taylor tapping their fingers with thimbles.
4. “Somebody to Love” – A Day at the Races
Highlight: all of the backing vocals.
5. “My Melancholy Blues” – News of the World
Highlight: the entire song.
6. “I Want To Break Free” – The Works
Highlight: the synths and the fact that the entire band cross dressed at the beginning of this video.
7. “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy” – A Day at the Races
Highlight: the chorus melody and harmonies, and Taylor’s part at 1:45 through the guitar solo.
8. “Who Wants to Live Forever” – A Kind of Magic
Highlight: the lyrics, especially the opening lines of “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.”
9. “Hammer to Fall” – The Works
Highlight: though it isn’t Mae’s most difficult or longest solo, it’s still my favorite.
Featured image via Queen’s Facebook
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