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 and piano), Brian May (lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). 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, into their music.

Before forming Queen, May and Taylor had played together in the band Smile. Mercury, then known by his birth name, Farrokh "Freddie" Bulsara, was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. Mercury joined in 1970, suggested the name "Queen", and adopted his familiar stage name. 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 also helped to popularise 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. "Another One Bites the Dust" (1980) became 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. The last concert featuring their classic line up–the final live performance of Mercury–took place at Knebworth, England, in August 1986. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. May and Taylor have performed under the Queen name with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert as vocalists on tours since.

Estimates of their record sales range from 170 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. Each member of Queen has composed multiple hit singles, and all four band members were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2005, the band 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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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 13
1985 Rock in Japan Queen 1
1986 Live Magic Queen 4 6
1989 At the Beeb Queen 3
1991 1975-12-24: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK Queen 2
1991 Live USA Queen 1
1991 Live USA (2 CD Set) Queen 1
1991 Live USA, Vol. 2 Queen 1
1991 Live USA, Vol. 3 Queen 1
1992 Live at Wembley ’86 Queen 4.75 13
1992 1986-07: Flash Freddie: Wembley Stadium, London, UK Queen 1
1992 A Day at the Stadium Queen 1
1992 Queentessence Queen 1
1992 Waiting on a Death Trip Queen 1
1992 We Will Rock You Queen 1
1992 Who Wants to Live Forever Queen 1
1993 Live USA Queen 1
1993 Nihon Queen 1
1994 Big in Japan Queen 1
2003 Live at Wembley Stadium Queen 1
2004 We Are the Champions: Final Live in Japan Queen 2
2004 Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl Queen 5 5
2007 Rock Montreal Queen 4
2009 Good Evening Zürich Queen 1
2009 Rock You from Rio - Live Queen 1
2012 Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest Queen 6
2012 A Night at Boston Queen 1
2014 Live at The Rainbow ’74 Queen 4 6
2015 A Night at The Odeon Queen 4 6
2016 Piece de resistance Queen 1
2016 We Will Rock Rio: The Legendary Broadcasts Queen 1
2017 Live in Japan Queen + Adam Lambert 1
1973-09-13: Queen Will Be Crowned: Golders Green Hippodrome, London, UK Queen 1
1974-01-09: Live at the Rainbow Queen 1
1974-03-31: High Voltage: Rainbow Theatre, London, UK Queen 1
1974-12-10: 140 Theatre, Brussels, Belgium Queen 1
1975-11-26: Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK: Evening Show Queen 1
1975-12-24: Christmas at the Beeb: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK Queen 1
1976-09-18: Live at Hyde Park 1976: Hyde Park, London, England, UK Queen 1
1977-06-06: Earl's Court, London, UK Queen 1
1978-11-19: Jazz Tour in Long Island 1978: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, USA Queen 1
1978-12-14: PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada Queen 1
1979-12-03: Getting Ready for the Game in Newcastle 3/12/79: City Hall, Newcastle, UK Queen 1
1979-12-26: Complete Kampuchea Concert Queen 1
1982-07-28: Madison Square Gardens, New York City, NY, USA Queen 1
1982-10-19: Live USA: Kyuden Auditorium, Fukuoka, Japan Queen 1
1984-09-15: The Jewels: Sports Palace, Milan, Italy Queen 1
1985-07-13: Live Aid: Wembley Stadium, London, UK Queen 1
1986-06-21: Reigns the World: Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany Queen 1
1986-07-11 Aud: Wembley Stadium, London, UK Queen 1
1986-08-09: Electric Magic: Knebworth Park, Knebworth, UK Queen 1
1993-11-05: Tokyo, Japan Queen 1
1998-06-05: Rome, Italy Queen 1
1999-09-04: Reading, UK Queen, Spike’s All-Star Band & The Cross 1
2002-04-30: Museumplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands Queen 1
2009-05-21: Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB, Canada Queen 1
Absolutely Rare Queen 1
Ao Vivo no Rock in Rio 1985 Queen 1
Hangmania Queen 1
Killers Queen 1
Live Queen 1
Live in Cologne Queen 1
Made in Japan: Live in Japan 1985 Queen 1
Merry Christmas Queen 1
Opera Omnia Queen 1
Queen Will Be Crowned Queen 1
Rhapsody in Red Queen 1
The Ultimate Collection: Rarities, Oddities, and Cover Versions Queen 1

Album + Soundtrack + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 We Will Rock You (2002 original London cast) Queen 3
2004 We Will Rock You: Banda sonora del espectáculo (2004 Madrid cast) Queen 1
2005 We Will Rock You (Deutsche Originalaufnahme) (2005 Köln cast) Queen 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Great Dance Remixes Queen 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Flash Gordon Queen 3.65 13
1986 Highlander Michael Kamen & Queen 3 3
1998 The Eye Queen 1
2002 Highlander: The Immortal Edition Queen 1
2018 Bohemian Rhapsody (the original soundtrack) Queen 9


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Keep Yourself Alive Queen 4 4
1974 Liar Queen 1
1974 Seven Seas of Rhye Queen 3 6
1974 Killer Queen Queen 5 5
1975 Now I’m Here / Lily of the Valley Queen 4 3
1975 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 5 6
1976 You’re My Best Friend Queen 5 3
1976 Somebody to Love Queen 5 3
1977 Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) Queen 1
1977 Tie Your Mother Down Queen 3 3
1977 Long Away Queen 1
1977 We Are the Champions Queen 5 9
1978 Spread Your Wings Queen 2 3
1978 It’s Late Queen 1
1978 Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls Queen 5 3
1979 Don't Stop Me Now Queen 4 3
1979 Jealousy Queen 1
1979 Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen 1 1
1979 Mustapha Queen 1
1980 Save Me Queen 4 1
1980 Play the Game Queen 3 2

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