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.
When Freddie Mercury Threw Sid Vicious Out of His Studio
Queen frontman snarkily referred to the Sex Pistols bassist as "Simon Ferocious."
Brian May Can’t Watch Freddie Mercury Auction: 'It’s Too Sad'
Many of the late Queen singer's personal items are being sold to the highest bidder.
Watch AEW Wrestlers Channel Freddie Mercury for Wembley Bout
Songs by Queen, Metallica and Jefferson Airplane were also featured during the 'All In' event.
Why Is 'Fat Bottomed Girls' Missing From New Queen Compilation?
Sorry, but it has nothing to do with the so-called "woke agenda."
Hear Dolly Parton's Cover of Queen's 'We Are the Champions'
It's the fourth single she's released off her upcoming 'Rockstar' album.
When Brian May First Heard Eddie Van Halen: 'Whoa, What Is This?'
Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi introduced May to Van Halen later that night.
50 Years Ago: Queen's Debut Album Only Hints at Future Greatness
They eventually boasted multilayered vocals and ringing guitar notes but didn't start out that way.
Brian May Compares 'Star Fleet Project' to Having an Affair
Queen guitarist recalls conversation when he, Eddie Van Halen and others gathered in studio for first time.
Freddie Mercury's Notes Imply 'Mongolian Rhapsody' Working Title
Would Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" have been as popular under a different name?