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Another Top 10 Queen Songs

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Queen is a British rock band that formed in 1970. Known for incorporating hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock and many other styles, the band has since become one of the best-selling artists in history. Despite the death of frontman Freddie Mercury, Queen has left us such an unparalleled musical legacy that we felt their discography merited another Top 10 video. For this second list, we’re featuring some songs that just missed our first and are also showcasing some of their earlier, great works. Join as we count down our picks for another top 10 Queen songs.

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They are the champions. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for another top 10 Queen songs.

To commemorate Freddie Mercury’s birthday, we published Top 10 Queen songs. You loved it – until you realized how many Queen songs didn’t make the cut. For this second list, we’re featuring some songs that just missed our first and are also showcasing some of their earlier, great works.

#10: “Princes of the Universe”
A Kind of Magic (1986)

Though Queen’s twelfth album featured “One Vision” and “Who Wants to Live Forever,” a lot of you asked for “Princes of the Universe” from the “Highlander” movie soundtrack. This high-energy rocker contains a great solo from Brian May, but writing credit goes to frontman Freddie Mercury. With lyrics touching upon the concept of eternal life, the song has since become a fan favorite and cult classic.

#9: “Stone Cold Crazy”
Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

Queen’s third record has been credited with bringing the band’s rocking sound to the masses. Though “Now I’m Here” is notable for May’s guitar riff and harmonized vocals, it’s “Stone Cold Crazy” that lands here – mostly because many of you expressed outrage at its exclusion from the first list. As it’s arguably the first thrash metal song, or at least a precursor, it certainly merits a spot... so you can put your pitchforks away: here it is.

#8: “I Want It All”
The Miracle (1989)

This list may be loaded with many of the band’s earlier tracks, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be overlooking songs you wanted to see from their later albums. Case in point: The Miracle. While this 1989 effort gave us the title cut, “Scandal,” “Breakthru,” and “The Invisible Man,” it’s first single “I Want It All” that we want for this list thanks to May’s guitar parts and Mercury’s vocal work.

#7: “Tie Your Mother Down”
A Day at the Races (1976)

As the second song on the band’s fifth album, “You Take My Breath Away” is a gorgeous Mercury-penned and piano-led number that’s simply breathtaking. But it’s the record’s first cut that’s got our vote for moving us with its hard rocking vibe and unforgettable riff.

#6: “Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls”
Jazz (1978)

Since you complained about a lack of songs from Jazz on our first list, we obliged. You may remember we combined “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” there, and we’ll be doing the same with “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Bicycle Race” here: the two songs were released together as a single. Let’s not forget that since the former contains the line, “Get on your bikes and ride” and the latter says “Fat bottomed girls, they’ll be riding today, so look out for those beauties, oh yeah,” they also cross-reference each other.

#5: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
The Game (1980)

Queen channelled The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll by blending country and western music with rhythm and blues on this cut from their eighth studio album. In the early 1980s, the rockabilly tune topped American charts and hit number two in the UK. With such an upbeat and “crazy little” melody, you can’t help but sing and dance along.

#4: “Under Pressure”
Hot Space (1982)

Though we generally avoid duets in our lists, many of you wanted to see the David Bowie and Queen collaboration – so, here you go. Though the two artists had issues and misgivings about the recording, it still ended up being released – and it’s a good thing too: “Under Pressure” didn’t only give us that unmistakable bass line, it also became one of the band’s biggest successes.

#3: “Seven Seas of Rhye”
Queen II (1974)

Initially released as a shorter instrumental piece on Queen’s debut, “Seven Seas of Rhye” was later expanded upon by Mercury and May so it could appear on their sophomore effort the next year. After the song experienced top 10 success on the UK charts, Mercury was encouraged to stick with Queen for the long haul. And the rest, as they say, is history.

#2: “Don’t Stop Me Now”
Jazz (1978)

Far and away, the glaring omission of our first list was “Don’t Stop Me Now” from Jazz. Our rationale was that we went with the similar-in-style “Somebody to Love” so we could offer more variety. But, indeed, as a top 10 UK single and pop culture favorite, “Don’t Stop Me Now” could have been a top 3 on that list, and #1 on this list.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.

Honorable Mentions

"Keep Yourself Alive" Queen (1973)

"You're My Best Friend" A Night at the Opera (1975)

"These Are The Days of Our Lives" Innuendo (1991)

"You Don't Fool Me" Made in Heaven (1995)

#1: “The March of the Black Queen”
Queen II (1974)

Before “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there was “The March of the Black Queen.” This complex song with insane arrangements featured more than one distinctive time signature and was rarely played live. But as one of the earliest examples of their wide-ranging talent and sense of experimentation, it paved the way for their signature tune and proved Queen was truly one-of-a-kind.

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