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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.

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40 Years Ago: Queen Begin Recording Their Masterpiece, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Queen began the long process of recording their magnum opus, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on Aug. 25, 1975.

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Queen Albums, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

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Gary Merrin/Stringer, Getty Images

Top 10 Roger Taylor Queen Songs

Ultimate Classic Rock counts down the best Queen songs featuring Roger Taylor.

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Keystone Features/Stringer, Getty Images

Top 10 Brian May Queen Songs

We count down our favorite moments by Queen's guitarist.

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Queen to Release ‘Studio Collection’ Vinyl Box

Queen will release a vinyl box set of all 15 of their studio albums on Sept. 25.

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30 Years Ago: Queen Steal the Show at Live Aid

Queen followed one of Live Aid's signature moments and, more crucially, were taking the stage at London's Wembley Stadium on July 13, 1985, without much expectation.

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‘We Will Rock You…’ For 15 Seconds: Queen Plays as 2012 Fireworks All Explode At Once

4th of July celebrators in San Diego, Calif. got an extremely brief but oddly spectacular fireworks show in 2012 when a malfunction caused all of the pyrotechnics to detonate at once.

As you can hear in the video below, Queen's anticipation-building anthe

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Freddie Mercury Mocks Kanye West’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ In New Video

A new video intersperses Kanye West's performance of the Queen classic with Freddie Mercury laughing.

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EMI

35 Years Ago: Queen Reach a Turning Point With ‘The Game’

After rampaging through the ‘70s, Queen were bona fide British rock royalty. All of that would begin to change with this album.

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Ian Gavan / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Watch Kanye West Perform Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Glastonbury

Kanye West's career-spanning 30-song set at Glastonbury paused to include a classic-rock favorite.

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