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The 9 Best Songs by Queen

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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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About Elisa Money

Music Industry, Drexel University, class of '17. Canada born and raised, American and Canadian according to my passports. Moved from Vancouver to Philly in 2013. Music, photography, athletics, name it! Wherever you are, make the world a better place :)

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