Queen (UK rock group)

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Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of 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, incorporating further diverse styles 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, changed the name of the band to "Queen", 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, with "Another One Bites the Dust" their best selling single, 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 a collaboration with Free and Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers which ended in May 2009. Since 2011, May and Taylor have collaborated with vocalist Adam Lambert under the name of Queen + Adam Lambert. In late 2014, Queen will release 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.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1973 Queen Queen 4.45 15
1974 Queen II Queen 4.45 13
1974 Sheer Heart Attack Queen 4.35 11
1975 A Night at the Opera Queen 4.4 26
1976 A Day at the Races Queen 4.35 16
1977 News of the World Queen 4 14
1978 Jazz Queen 3.85 17
1980 The Game Queen 4.55 14
1982 Hot Space Queen 2.8 11
1984 The Works Queen 4.35 11
1986 A Kind of Magic Queen 3.8 11
1989 The Miracle Queen 4.5 15
1991 Innuendo Queen 4.45 8
1995 Made in Heaven Queen 3.65 12

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1973 The BBC Sessions Compilation Queen 1
1981 Greatest Hits Compilation Queen 4.1 26
1991 Greatest Hits II Compilation Queen 4.5 14
1991 18 Greatest Hits Live From Queen Compilation Queen 1
1992 Classic Queen Compilation Queen 5 2
1992 The Queen Collection Compilation Queen 1
1992 The 12″ Collection Compilation Queen 1
1994 Greatest Hits I & II Compilation Queen 3.5 2
1996 Pre Ordained Compilation Queen 2
1997 Queen Rocks Compilation Queen 3
1997 The Best I Compilation Queen 1
1997 The Best II Compilation Queen 1
1998 The Crown Jewels: A 25th Anniversary Celebration Compilation Queen 1
1999 Greatest Hits III Compilation Queen+ 5 5
2000 The Platinum Collection Compilation Queen 5 7
2002 Greatest Video Hits 1 Compilation Queen 1
2003 Greatest Video Hits 2 Compilation Queen 1
2004 Jewels Compilation Queen 1
2004 Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Compilation Queen 2
2004 Greatest Karaoke Hits Compilation Queen 1
2005 Queen Jewels, Volume 2 Compilation Queen 1
2006 Stone Cold Classics Compilation Queen 1
2007 The A-Z of Queen, Volume 1 Compilation Queen 1
2007 Queen Collection Compilation Queen 1
2007 Queen Collection Compilation Queen 1
2008 The Singles Collection, Volume 1 Compilation Queen 2
2009 The Singles Collection, Volume 2 Compilation Queen 1
2009 Absolute Greatest Compilation Queen 3
2010 The Singles Collection, Volume 4 Compilation Queen 1
2010 The Singles Collection, Volume 3 Compilation Queen 1
2011 Deep Cuts, Volume 1 (1973–1976) Compilation Queen 1
2011 Queen 40 (Volume 1) Compilation Queen 5 2
2011 Deep Cuts, Volume 2 (1977–1982) Compilation Queen 1
2011 Deep Cuts, Volume 3 (1984–1995) Compilation Queen 1
2011 Queen 40 (Volume 2) Compilation Queen 4 1
2011 Queen 40 (Volume 3) Compilation Queen 4 1

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