Have you ever met someone who says they don’t like Queen? Or hasn’t heard (of) their music? Let’s hope not. Queen is among those rock bands who has left a lasting impression. The band has die-hard fans who swear by the absolutely legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Freddie’s fandom is an unbelievable constant even after his death. Freddie would have turned 69 today. The charismatic Queen singer was 45 when he died of AIDS in 1991, but he left behind a fabulous collection of songs that very few bands have been able to even measure up to. From catchy music to diverse genres and breathtaking concerts, the music of Queen still stays fresh in our hearts and minds.
Memories of that electrifying entertainer Mercury lives on. On that note, in remembrance of the legend, we bring to you some of our personal favourites. Read on…
Bohemian Rhapsody without a doubt has to be number one on the list. Considered as one of the greatest songs ever made, it has gone globally to be accepted as Queen’s master-work. The song expresses a different music style consisting of several sections without a chorus, an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage and a hard rock part. Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the most expensive single ever made at the time of its release. A song that still manages to give us goosebumps, a song that we will never forget.
In My Defence
Who doesn’t like a nice soulful ballad? Well, this song is just spine-chilling, a single that Freddie totally nailed. This song was written for a musical called Time by the English musician Dave Clark. Freddie performed this song only twice, once with Cliff Richards for the same musical and the last time was a lip-synced performance with Montserrat Caballe in Barcelona. We wish he had performed this song more often.
Stone Cold Crazy
Queen songs span various genres, ranging from funk to heavy metal and the list goes on. Stone Cold Crazy is one such song where Queen rocked the heck out and Freddie hit it out of the park with his vocals. Later on, the mighty Metallica covered this song and totally nailed it. A cover that did full justice to the song.
A song that was the band’s breakthrough hit in the 70s. A killer track that oozes style and meticulous vocal harmonies.
Somebody to Love
Freddie’s fondness and fascination for Aretha Franklin played a major role in the creation of this song; a song where he asks God to help him find somebody to love. This is widely reputed to have been Freddie Mercury’s favorite song he ever wrote.
We Will Rock You
A song nobody, NOBODY except Freddie can sing (although just about everybody does). From the classic beats to the epic stadium chants, We Will Rock You is one such song that claims to rock you and does exactly that.