All Hail the Queen (the band)?
I always thought I was fan of the band Queen. They are one of the most influential bands of all time, and I like their music, at least what I've heard of them. I've forced my girlfriend, now fiance, to listen to them, and learn that Freddie Mercury was not only the lead singer of the band, but also that he was the first major ay celebrity to die of aids.
Then I had realized they have a much larger catalogue of music then I had ever realized and that at this point, I only like their popular songs. But I can't call myself a fan without having listened to all of them, right?
Well, I have since learned that I am not really that big of a fan of theirs. Don't get me wrong, they have some of the most iconic songs of all time, even one of my favorite songs ever, but that large catalogue of music? There's so much shit it. They aren't a bad band by any stretch, I mean hell they did the soundtrack for Flash Gordon, and that's a plus in my book.
But you know why only a select few of their songs are popular? So many of the other songs absolutely suck.
However, it'd be disrespectful to the band and their good music, if I start with the bad, so here are their top five songs according to Google
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- We Will Rock You
- Don't Stop me Now (I think because it's currently in a commercial)
- We Are the Champions
- Another One Bites the Dust
My favorite song of theirs, and possibly one of my top five songs ever, is Under Pressure, you know the song they and David Bowie stole from Vanilla Ice. I kid, I kid.
Then they have some amazing, lesser known, but still fairly popular songs like
- Fat Bottom Girls
- Radio Gaga
- Crazy Little thing Called Love
- Hammer to Fall
Just to name a few. And of course there's the aforementioned Flash Gordon soundtrack, which was really something special in it's absurdity. I challenge every one of you to listen to the entire album, straight through without asking yourself 'What the hell?' but also enjoying it.
But then, then we've got the songs that the general public doesn't know, and for good reason. There's Mustapha, where Freddie Mercury sings in Arabic for much of it. As an Arab myself I can appreciate it, but really? Then there's other songs that sound like prototypes for later more successful of theirs. Like how Don't Try Suicide was a precursor to Another one Bites the Dust. Although I have no idea which came first, but I imagine writing 'Suicide' opened the doors for Another one Bites the Dust, and for that I can't be upset.
All in all, recording and releasing fifteen studio albums, not to mention all of the unreleased songs, the band was bound to make mistakes. However, listening to the whole collection, certainly skews the numbers away from the positive, and sets the number of poor tracks in the majority.
None of that is to take away from how great their best songs are, or how revolutionary the band was for music as a whole, but damn they put out some crappy music. It may be best to focus on the good.
Here you go.