Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Q is for Queen

Queen had the fourth biggest selling album of the 80s in the UK with their first compilation album named simply - Greatest Hits.

Featuring some great songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and  We Will Rock You.

As a band Queen were formed in 1971, but the 80s still saw these rockers gathering more fans as they released classic songs such as Radio Gaga and I Want To Break Free - they also produced the soundtrack album for the movie Flash Gordon.

One of the first music videos I can remember watching on Top of the Pops was I Want To Break Free - it might not have been the first, but it was memorable enough for me to still remember it far too many years later.

Queen were also one of the great attractions at the 1985 Live Aid concert in Wembley and the following year they released the album 'A Kind of Magic' which was, like so many other Queen albums, definitely a kind of magic.

The eighties ended with rumors that Freddy Mercury had AIDS and he passed away in 1991 confirming on his deathbed that the rumors had, in fact, been true.

Queen really were a phenomenal group and their music will be popular for ever - even my nine year old daughter knows the words to a lot of their hit singles such as We Are The Champions and We Will Rock You.

What's your favorite Queen song, if you can name just one?


  1. I saw Queen perform in Denver when I was in high school. Wow, that seems like a long time ago!

    For a song, I choose "Somebody to Love."

  2. I loved Queen. Great Q word, and one that really transcends that decade.

  3. I'll tip my head to Bohemian Rhapsody because it goes through a turbulent series of soft and hard beats, and the lyrics themselves are a delight to the writer in me.

    It's a pleasure to meet you via the A-Z Challenge!

  4. I would say We are the Champions. But I do love bohemian rhapsody as well.
    Great meeting you through the A-Z!


  5. Ah. Favorite Queen song. Not possible. But I will say that 'Somebody to Love' is an absolute phenom to listen to in the car with the windows rolled up at top volume, singing along.

    Super, super post.