Queen (UK rock group)

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See also Queen + Paul Rodgers and Queen + Adam Lambert for releases from Brian May and Roger Taylor collaborating with other singers.

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Previously known as: Smile (predecessor band to Queen)


Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970 by Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), later joined by John Deacon (bass). Their 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.

Before forming Queen, May and Taylor had played together in the band Smile. Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. He joined in 1970 and suggested the name "Queen". Deacon was recruited in February 1971, before the band released their self-titled debut album in 1973. Queen first charted in the UK with their second album, Queen II, in 1974. Sheer Heart Attack later that year and A Night at the Opera in 1975 brought them international success. The latter featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK for nine weeks and helped popularise the music video format. The band's 1977 album News of the World contained "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions", which have become anthems at sporting events. By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. "Another One Bites the Dust" from The Game (1980) became their best-selling single, while their 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits is the best-selling album in the UK and is certified nine times platinum in the US. Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert is ranked among the greatest in rock history by various publications. In August 1986 Mercury gave his last performance with Queen at Knebworth, England.

Though he kept his condition private, Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987. The band released two more albums, The Miracle in 1989 and Innuendo in 1991. On 23 November 1991 Mercury publicly revealed that he had AIDS, and the next day died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS. One more album was released featuring Mercury's vocal, 1995's Made in Heaven. John Deacon retired in 1997, while May and Taylor continued to make sporadic appearances together. Since 2004, they have toured as "Queen +", with vocalists Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert.

Queen have been a global presence in popular culture for more than half a century. Estimates of their record sales range from 250 million to 300 million, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. In 1990 Queen received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and with each member having composed hit singles, all four were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2005 they received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, and in 2018 they were presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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1974Queen IIQueen4.3544
1974Sheer Heart AttackQueen4.2528
1975A Night at the OperaQueen4.365
1976A Day at the RacesQueen4.343
1977News of the WorldQueen3.9538
1980The GameQueen4.1536
1982Hot SpaceQueen3.4527
1984The WorksQueen4.1528
1986A Kind of MagicQueen4.234
1989The MiracleQueen4.3531
1995Made in HeavenQueen4.5533

Album + Compilation

1981Greatest HitsQueen4.256
1984Queen Collection: 15 of the BestQueen1
1985The Complete WorksQueen1
1991Greatest Hits IIQueen4.529
1992Classic QueenQueen55
1992The Queen CollectionQueen2
1992Box of TricksQueen1
1992The 12″ CollectionQueen51
1994Greatest Hits I & IIQueen3.53
1995The Ultimate CollectionQueen1
1995The Greatest 3The Beatles / Queen / The Rolling Stones1
1997Queen RocksQueen5
1997The Best IIQueen1
1997The Best IQueen1
1998Greatest Karaoke HitsQueen2
1998The Crown Jewels: A 25th Anniversary CelebrationQueen1
1998Miniatures: Volume 2Queen1
1998Miniatures: Volume 1Queen1
1999Greatest Hits IIIQueen+513
2000In VisionQueen1
2000Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum CollectionQueen516
2000Grand CollectionQueen1
2002A Night at the Opera / A Day at the RacesQueen1
2002Greatest Video Hits 1Queen3
2003Greatest Video Hits 2Queen2
2004Greatest Hits: We Will Rock YouQueen4
2004Smiles From Under the CrownQueen1
2004Greatest Karaoke HitsQueen1
2005Queen Jewels, Volume 2Queen1
2005Jewels I & IIQueen1
2006Stone Cold ClassicsQueen1
2007The A–Z of Queen, Volume 1Queen1
2007Artist Karaoke Series: QueenQueen1
2007Queen CollectionQueen2
2008Queen in Vision 2008Queen1
2008The Singles Collection, Volume 1Queen1
2009The Singles Collection, Volume 2Queen2
2009Absolute GreatestQueen35
2010The Singles Collection, Volume 4Queen1
2010The Singles Collection, Volume 3Queen1
2011Deep Cuts, Volume 1 (1973–1976)Queen43
2011Queen 40 (Volume 1)Queen52
2011Deep Cuts, Volume 2 (1977–1982)Queen53
2011Deep Cuts, Volume 3 (1984–1995)Queen3
2011Queen 40 (Volume 2)Queen42
2011Queen 40 (Volume 3)Queen42
2011The Ultimate Best Of QueenQueen1
2012Queen: Greatest Video HitsQueen1
2014Queen ForeverQueen312
2015Studio CollectionQueen51
2020Greatest Hits in JapanQueen43
Best SelectionQueen51
Best of QueenQueen1
Bohemian RhapsodyQueen1
Golden BalladsQueen1
Queen GoldQueen1
Queen Collection 2Queen1
Special EditionQueen2
The Hit Music of QueenQueen1

Album + Compilation + Live

1989Rare Live (A Concert Through Time and Space)Queen1
2016On AirQueen6

Album + Soundtrack

1980Flash GordonQueen3.427
2000HighlanderMichael Kamen & Queen37
2018Bohemian Rhapsody: The Original SoundtrackQueen14

Album + Soundtrack + Live

2002We Will Rock You (2002 original London cast)Queen3
2004We Will Rock You: Banda sonora del espectáculo (2004 Madrid cast)Queen1
2005We Will Rock You (Deutsche Originalaufnahme) (2005 Köln cast)Queen2

Album + Live

1979Live KillersQueen4.520
1986Live MagicQueen411
1989At the BeebQueen4
1992Live at Wembley ’86Queen4.7518
1997Rock MontrealQueen11
2004We Are the Champions: Final Live in JapanQueen5
2004Queen on Fire: Live at the BowlQueen4.511
2008Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl, Vol. 2Queen1
2012Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in BudapestQueen9
2014Live at the Rainbow ’74Queen3.58
2015A Night at the OdeonQueen3.59


1973Keep Yourself AliveQueen45
1974Seven Seas of RhyeQueen36

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