Queen

Queen are a British rock band that all came together in 1970. The band is described in many superlatives: giving the greatest live performance ever, producing the greatest single ever, and being one of the very best British band to have ever come together. This last one is quite a bold statement considering some of the all-time great bands that have come from Britain: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, U2, and The Who among many. They originally consisted of lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon, and drummer Roger Taylor. They had mild success in the United Kingdom during the early 1970s but it wasn’t until they released albums like Sheer Heart Attack, and A Night at the Opera in 1974 and 1975 respectively that they achieved both critical and commercial international success. Their huge success continued through the next few decades as well.

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Over the course of their storied career, Queen only has had one album reach #1 on the United States charts, The Game. However, they have had a bunch of albums that made the top-ten: A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, News of the World, and Jazz. All together they have released 14 studio albums, 5 live albums, 1 soundtrack album, 10 compilation albums, and 48 singles. In 1991 Queen’s entire discography was remastered at the Abbey Road Studios and rereleased in the United Kingdom and the United States. Among Queen’s hits are some of the iconic songs in Rock ‘n’ Roll: Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, and Another One Bites the Dust, and We Are the Champions.

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Queen’s musical style drew inspiration from a myriad of different genres, often with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. There are a remarkable breadth of genres they are associated with: progressive rock, hard rock, glam rock, heavy metal, pop rock, dance/disco, blues, psychedelic rock, country, ragtime, opera, gospel, vaudeville, and folk. Queen used a large amount of overdubbing to simulate the sound of large choirs in their songs. For example, Brian May claimed there are over 180 vocal overdubs in Bohemian Rhapsody and many of Queen’s songs were written with audience participation in mind.

The Queen logo is very distinct. It has also been called the Queen Crest. It was designed by lead singer Freddie Mercury before the release of their first studio album. It includes the zodiacs of all of the main members of the band. Queen’s ability to be creative and come up with catchy and politically themed music made them a hit in the seventies and has carried over to music today.