Queen is one of the most influential rock band in Rock N’ Roll history. The British band formed in 1970 in London. The original band line up consisted of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals).
The band gained inspiration from hard rock and heavy metal but when they got down to the studio their music was unique and gained a large fan base. One of the many reasons that Queen stood out from the rest was their flamboyant front man Freddie Mercury. Not only did he have an amazing stage presence, but his powerful vocals made their music come alive.
TheCelebrityCafe.com is counting down the top ten Queen singles that include “We Will Rock You/ We Are The Champions” to “Another One Bites The Dust” . Did your favorite Queen single not make the list? Comment below and add your favorite.
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10. “Stone Cold Crazy” comes from their 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack. It has a fast tempo with fierce guitar riffs and showcases Mercury’s flawless voice. The song has a metal elements and its no surprise that heavy metal rock band Metallica has done a cover on this song.
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9. “Tie Your Mother Down” is from their 1976 album A Day at the Races. Brian May started writing the song and came up with the guitar riff on a Spanish guitar. He started working on the song one day and started singing “tie your mother down.” What started off as a joke became to be a hit single thanks to Mercury encouraging May to work with that line. The Foo Fighters have been one of many who have covered this song.
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8. “Somebody to Love” is from their 1976 album A Day at the Races. This song shows a softer side of the band with its complex harmonies, guitar and piano solos. Queen channels a gospel like theme with the songs sound and combines with the a Rock N’ Roll swagger. One of the most notable cover of this song was performed by George Michael.
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7. “Killer Queen” comes from their 1974 albumSheer Heart Attack. In the music video we get a glimpse at Mercury’s exquisite and eccentric style. The song has a mainstream sound with their signature harmonious sound. Rock band Sum 41 has done a cover on this single.
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6. “Fat Bottomed Girls” is from their 1978 album Jazz. It has a bluesy classic rock and metal sound with a catchy chorus. Kid Rock did a southern rock cover of the song.
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5. “Crazy Little Things” comes from their 1980s album The Game. The song channels a rockabilly Elvis Presley vibe and Mercury’s vocals are phenomenally highlighted from beginning to end. Michael Buble has notably covered this unforgettable single.
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4. “Another One Bites the Dust” comes from their 1980’s album The Game. It’s an upbeat song that has a funk and R&B sound. “Weird Al” Yankovic wrote a parody of this song that is called “Another One Rides the Bus.”
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3. “Under Pressure” with David Bowie is from their 1982 album Hot Space. This single is one of the most influential and infamous songs of music history. Down the line controversy erupted when Vanilla Ice sampled the bassline for his 1990 single “Ice Ice Baby.” A notable cover of this single is from alternative rock bands My Chemical Romance and The Used.
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2. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is from their 1975 album A Night at the Opera. It is a powerful song that is spine chilling with Mercury’s harmonious vocals. Uniquely this song does not have a chorus but amazing hard rock guitar solos and opera like elements. “Weird Al” Yankovic did a polka cover of the song that is called “Bohemian Polka.”
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1. “We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions” is from their 1977 album News of the World. These are two of the most known songs from Queen. They are played constantly at sports events and gets the entire crowd spirit pumped up. Queens new front man Adam Lambert has done a flawless cover of the single.