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.
See Brian May Make Surprise Appearance at Roger Taylor Solo Show
Queen bandmates are gearing up for next year's tour with Adam Lambert.
Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On’: Freddie Mercury’s Epic Final Bow
Song echoed singer's determination to continue making music in the months before his death.
Brian May Says Queen Had ‘Unfair Advantage’ at Live Aid
Band’s retrospective video series covers their triumphant 20-minute show in 1985.
Watch Some Cats Sing Queen-Inspired 'Bohemian Catsody'
Band's classic song gets a feline fix.
Why Freddie Mercury Wouldn’t Let Queen Write Political Songs
Roger Taylor says late frontman would never forgive him if he became too “preachy.”
Queen's Roger Taylor Says Band Has 'Big Tour' Plans for 2022
Drummer says the "mothership" is ready for the road.
Freddie Mercury’s ‘Wonderful Solution’ for Equality in Queen
Roger Taylor admits four-way split deal “didn’t go that well for me.”
Roger Taylor Has a Theory on Why There’s Been No New Queen Music
They'd started work on a track together earlier this year, before things broke down.
How Personal Loss Inspired Queen's 'Who Wants to Live Forever'
Guitarist Brian May channeled some of his own experiences into the song.
Why Freddie Mercury Rejected His First Queen Recordings
Brian May says singer was “out of control” during early demo sessions.