Queen (UK rock group)

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Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). 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 forming Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. 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. Mercury joined the band in 1970, suggested "Queen" as a new band name, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was recruited before the band recorded their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen first charted in the UK with their second album, Queen II, in 1974, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack later that year and A Night at the Opera in 1975 which brought them international success. The latter featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK for nine weeks and popularised the music video.

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. Released in 1980, "Another One Bites the Dust" is their best selling single, while their 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits is the best-selling album in the UK and is certified eight times platinum in the US. Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert has been ranked among the greatest in rock history by various music publications, and the best in a 2005 industry poll. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have occasionally performed together.

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. Queen received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Queen Queen 4.4 20
1974 Queen II Queen 4.4 19
1974 Sheer Heart Attack Queen 4.35 15
1975 A Night at the Opera Queen 4.3 37
1976 A Day at the Races Queen 4.3 19
1977 News of the World Queen 4.15 21
1978 Jazz Queen 4 23
1980 The Game Queen 4.55 22
1982 Hot Space Queen 3.3 13
1984 The Works Queen 4.4 13
1986 A Kind of Magic Queen 4.15 19
1989 The Miracle Queen 4.5 16
1991 Innuendo Queen 4.45 16
1995 Made in Heaven Queen 4 19
2000 A Day at the Races / Single Hits I Queen 4 1
2000 A Kind of Magic / Single Hits II Queen 5 1
2000 A Night at the Opera / The Works Queen 4 1
2000 Innuendo / Five Live Queen 5 1
2000 Jazz / Flash Gordon Queen 4 1
2000 Live At Wembley / Back To The Light Queen / Brian May 5 1
2000 News of the World / The Miracle Queen 4 1
2000 Queen / The Great Pretender Queen / Freddie Mercury 4 1
2000 Queen II / Sheer Heart Attack Queen 4 1
2000 The Game / Hot Space Queen 5 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Greatest Hits Queen 4 29
1989 Classic Queen Queen 1
1991 Greatest Hits Ⅱ Queen 4.5 17
1991 18 Greatest Hits Live From Queen Queen 1
1991 The Vaults 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
1994 The Ultimate Queen Back Catalogue, Volume I Queen 1
1994 The Ultimate Queen Back Catalogue, Volume II Queen 1
1994 The Ultimate Rarities Collection Queen 1
1995 In Nuce Queen 2
1996 Pre Ordained Queen 2
1996 Royal Rarities Queen 1
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
1998 Back to Queen Queen 1
1999 Greatest Hits Ⅲ Queen+ 5 8
1999 MTV History 2000: The Greatest Hits I–II Queen 1
1999 MTV Music History: The Greatest Hits III-IV Queen 1
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 3
2004 Smiles From Under the Crown Queen 1
2005 Queen Jewels, Volume 2 Queen 1
2005 Forever Gold Queen 2
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 1
2009 Rock You Queen 1
2009 The Singles Collection, Volume 2 Queen 1
2009 Absolute Greatest Queen 4
2009 The UltraTraxx Mixes Queen 1
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
2011 The Ultimate Best Of Queen Queen 1
2013 Icon Queen 1
2014 Queen Forever Queen 10
2015 Studio Collection Queen 5 1
Ballads Queen 1
Best of Queen Queen 1
Best Selection Queen 1
Greatest Hits Queen 1
Greatest Hits IV Queen 1
Queen Ballads Queen 1
Queen Collection 2 Queen 1
Queen Gold Queen 1
Special Edition Queen 2
The Hit Music of Queen Queen 1
The Unobtainable Royal Chronicles Queen 1
You're My Best Friend Queen 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 The Mercury Is Rising Queen 1

Album + Compilation + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Classic Queen Remixes Queen 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 1977-05-12: Invite You to a Night at the Warehouse: Broendby Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark Queen 1
1979 Live Killers Queen 5 9
1985 Rock in Japan Queen 1
1986 Live Magic Queen 4 4
1989 At the Beeb Queen 2
1991 1975-12-24: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK Queen 2
1992 Live at Wembley ’86 Queen 4.75 12
1992 A Day at the Stadium Queen 1
1992 Queentessence Queen 1

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