Since I only had one LP from Queen and they’re one of the most stand out bands from my memories, I felt it was only fair to dedicate a full week to the legendary group. I’ll have song lyrics, personal stories, and more so stay tuned!
To kick off the week, I figured we’d focus on two singles and a little bit more on the band’s legacy and influence. Please use the tags at the bottom to explore if you’re unfamiliar with Queen as there’s more info on the LP post and I have an LP from Freddie Mercury as well. Those past posts will give you a bit more background that I’ll be skipping over this upcoming week.
The bands and artists that have claimed to be influenced by Queen are diverse and span different generations, countries, and genres, some of which include, heavy metal; Iron Maiden, Metallica, hard rock; Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Van Halen, glam rock; Mötley Crüe, alternative rock; Nirvana, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, and pop; George Michael, Lady Gaga and more.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the band is also the only group in which every member has composed more than one chart-topping single, and all four members of Queen were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. A fan favorite, in 2004, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Also acclaimed for their stadium rock, in 2005 an industry poll ranked Queen’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 as the best live act in history. In 2009, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
The band have released a total of eighteen number one albums, eighteen number one singles, and ten number one DVDs worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Queen have sold over 150 million records, with some estimates in excess of 300 million records worldwide, including 34.5 million albums in the United States alone as of 2004.
Radio Ga Ga
I Go Crazy
A Kind of Magic
Gimmie the Prize