Queen (UK rock group)

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Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. The classic-line up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock, into their music.

Before joining Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had been playing together in a band named Smile with bassist Tim Staffell. Freddie Mercury (then known by his birth name of Farrokh "Freddie" Bulsara) was a fan of Smile, and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques after Staffell's departure in 1970. Mercury himself joined the band shortly thereafter, suggested "Queen" as a new band name, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was recruited prior to recording their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen enjoyed success in the UK with their debut and its follow-up, Queen II in 1974, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack later in 1974 and A Night at the Opera in 1975 that gained the band international success. The latter featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks; it charted at number one in several other territories, and gave the band their first top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their 1977 album, News of the World, contained two of rock's most recognisable anthems, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions".

By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, and their performance at 1985's Live Aid is regarded as one of the greatest in rock history. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have occasionally performed together, including collaborations with Paul Rodgers (2004–09) and with Adam Lambert (since 2011). In November 2014, Queen released a new album, Queen Forever, featuring vocals from the late Freddie Mercury.

The band have released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs. Estimates of their record sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. They received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

  1. ^ "Heritage award to mark Queen's first gig". bbc.co.uk. 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "QOL F.A.Q.". Queen Online. Are Queen still active as a band? Very much so. 
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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Queen Queen 4.4 20
1974 Queen II Queen 4.4 18
1974 Sheer Heart Attack Queen 4.35 13
1975 A Night at the Opera Queen 4.35 32
1976 A Day at the Races Queen 4.3 17
1977 News of the World Queen 4.15 20
1978 Jazz Queen 4 23
1980 The Game Queen 4.55 20
1982 Hot Space Queen 3.3 12
1984 The Works Queen 4.4 12
1986 A Kind of Magic Queen 4.15 19
1989 The Miracle Queen 4.5 15
1991 Innuendo Queen 4.45 14
1995 Made in Heaven Queen 4 19

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Greatest Hits Queen 4 29
1991 Greatest Hits II Queen 4.5 17
1991 18 Greatest Hits Live From Queen Queen 1
1992 Classic Queen Queen 5 3
1992 The Queen Collection Queen 1
1992 The 12″ Collection Queen 1
1994 Greatest Hits I & II Queen 3.5 3
1996 Pre Ordained Queen 2
1997 Queen Rocks Queen 3
1997 The Best I Queen 1
1997 The Best II Queen 1
1998 Greatest Karaoke Hits Queen 2
1998 The Crown Jewels: A 25th Anniversary Celebration Queen 1
1999 Greatest Hits III Queen+ 5 8
2000 The Platinum Collection Queen 5 9
2002 Greatest Video Hits 1 Queen 1
2003 Greatest Video Hits 2 Queen 1
2004 Jewels Queen 1
2004 Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Queen 2
2004 Smiles From Under the Crown Queen 1
2005 Queen Jewels, Volume 2 Queen 1
2006 Stone Cold Classics Queen 1
2007 The A-Z of Queen, Volume 1 Queen 1
2007 Queen Collection Queen 1
2007 Queen Collection Queen 1
2008 The Singles Collection, Volume 1 Queen 2
2009 The Singles Collection, Volume 2 Queen 1
2009 Absolute Greatest Queen 3
2010 The Singles Collection, Volume 4 Queen 1
2010 The Singles Collection, Volume 3 Queen 1
2011 Deep Cuts, Volume 1 (1973–1976) Queen 1
2011 Queen 40 (Volume 1) Queen 5 2
2011 Deep Cuts, Volume 2 (1977–1982) Queen 2
2011 Deep Cuts, Volume 3 (1984–1995) Queen 2
2011 Queen 40 (Volume 2) Queen 4 1
2011 Queen 40 (Volume 3) Queen 4 1

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