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Queen didn’t really become Queen until they decided to fill their songs with the big operatic sounds, multilayered vocals and awesome guitar lines that made their music one of rock’s most recognizable and defining. There are tiny hints of all this on the band’s 1973 self-titled debut, but it’s their fourth album, 1975’s classic ‘A Night at the Opera,’ that ushered in a period of unbridled creativity that made Queen one of the planet’s most popular groups. By the time they made 1980’s ‘The Game,’ a worldwide No. 1 hit that spawned several hit singles, Queen were selling out stadiums and seemingly unstoppable. They made a soundtrack album for a cheesy sci-fi movie, they made tongue-in-cheek music videos and they experimented with sounds that signaled the early part of the ‘80s. In the mid ‘80s, singer Freddie Mercury contracted AIDS, which would take his life on Nov. 24, 1991.

Brian May Says Adam Lambert Reaches Vocal Heights Freddie Mercury Never Could

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Most classic-rock stars might shy away from directly comparing their newest singer with the career-making frontman he replaced.

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‘Minions’ Trailer Features Queen, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix

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YouTube

You know the Minions -- those little yellow, gibberish-spewing creatures from the 'Despicable Me' movies -- are good at making people laugh.

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Brian May Says Humanity Is ‘Living on Borrowed Time,’ But Queen Sounds Just as Great as Ever

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Smoke 'em if you got 'em, everyone! Queen guitarist Brian May says it's only a matter of time before a giant space rock goes hurtling into the Earth and wipes us all out.

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23 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Dies

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Freddie Mercury was the face of Queen's wildly popular mixture of hard rock, pop, cabaret, glam and opera in the '70s, before becoming one the the AIDS virus' most well-known casualties in the '90s.

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Queen and Verizon Think You Should Want It All in New Commercial

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"I want it all / I want it now." That's not only a lyric to a Queen song, it's also something frequently said by children during the holidays.

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40 Years Ago: Queen Release ‘Sheer Heart Attack’

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Queen's third album, 'Sheer Heart Attack,' was released Nov. 8, 1974.

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Classic Rock Awards Honor Gregg Allman, Queen, Metallica and More

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Jemal Countess / Mark Metcalfe / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

When Sammy Hagar agrees to be your MC, you know you're about to throw a terrific party.

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Queen Releases Unheard Freddie Mercury-era Song for Charity

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Queen has issued a previously unreleased track called 'Let Me In Your Heart Again' exclusively for the (Coca-Cola) RED campaign, which benefits the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Voted Ultimate Pick-Me-Up Song

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Feeling under the weather? Try blasting Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

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Queen Albums, Ranked From Worst To Best

Queen Worst To Best

We rank all of the 15 studio albums released by Queen between 1973 and 1995.

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