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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions Queen 1
1992 Stone Cold Crazy Queen 1
1992 We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions: Live at Wembley '86 Queen 1
1992 Who Wants to Live Forever Queen 1
1993 Somebody to Love George Michael and Queen 1
1995 Heaven for Everyone Queen 5 7
1995 A Winter’s Tale Queen 2 3
1995 Too Much Love Will Kill You Queen 3 3
1996 Let Me Live Queen 2
1996 You Don't Fool Me Queen 3
1997 No-One but You Queen 1
1997 No-One but You / Tie Your Mother Down Queen 4
1998 Another One Bites the Dust (from the 1998 movie "Small Soldiers") Queen/Wyclef Jean feat. Pras & Free 2
2000 We Will Rock You Five + Queen 3
2006 Another One Bites the Dust Queen vs. The Miami Project 1
2009 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen + The Muppets 1
2014 Let Me in Your Heart Again (William Orbit Mix) Queen 1
Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 CD Single Box Queen 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Love of My Life Queen 3 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 You Don't Fool Me (The Remixes) Queen 3 1
2002 Flash Queen + Vanguard 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Flash Queen 3 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Queen's First E.P. Queen 3
1995 In the Beginning Queen 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Five Live George Michael and Queen with Lisa Stansfield 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Bohemian Rhapsody Recording Session Queen 1
1985 Live Aid, Wembley Stadium, London, July 13th 1985 Queen 1
1991 Hints of Innuendo Queen 1
De Lane Lea Demos Queen 1
Magic Vision Queen 1
Noblesse Oblige Queen 3 1
Queen - Golden Demos 1973 - 76 Queen 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Orb Queen 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Queen Talks Queen 1
Fully Illustrated Book & Interview Disc Queen 1
Interview Collection: Brian May Queen 1
Interview Collection: Freddie Mercury Queen 1
Interview Collection: John Deacon Queen 1
Interview Collection: Roger Taylor Queen 1
Interviews and Press Conferences Queen 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Live in Shizuoka, Japan, 29 April, 1975 Queen 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 MTV Music History: The Greatest Hits III–IV Queen 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Complete Kampuchea Concert Queen 1
1973-02-15: Langham One Studio, London, UK Queen 1
1973-09-24: Langham One Studio, London, UK Queen 1
1973-12-06: Langham One Studio, London, UK Queen 1
1974-04-15: Langham One Studio, London, UK Queen 1
1974-11-04: Maida Vale Studio, London, UK Queen 1
1976-02-06: Beacon Theater, New York City, NY, USA Queen 1
1977-03-13: Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA, USA Queen 1
1977-10-28: BBC Friday Night Rock Show Queen 1
1977-11-14: Maida Vale Studio, London, UK Queen 1
1979-01-24: Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany Queen 1
1982-10-26: Action and More Action: Kosusai Tenjijo, Nagoya, Japan Queen 1
1984-09-24: Deutchlandhalle, Berlin, Germany Queen 1
1990-05-29: De Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands Queen 1

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