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.
Watch Miley Cyrus Cover Queen's 'We Will Rock You'
Singer also tackled portion of "Don't Stop Me Now" during medley at NCAA men's basketball tournament Final Four.
Brian May and Roger Taylor Recall Chances to Quit Queen
Pre-fame guitarist was invited to join Sparks while drummer was linked to Genesis.
Queen and David Bowie May Have Recorded Cream Covers
Roger Taylor hints at what might be in the vault from “Under Pressure” sessions.
Queen Choose the 50 Best Moments of Their Own Career
Watch trailer for year-long YouTube celebration.
Queen's Roger Taylor: George Michael 'Wouldn't Have Suited' Band
Drummer denies rumors they wanted to hire singer following 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.
Queen Recorded a 'Great Song’ With Adam Lambert but Scrapped It
Brian May and Roger Taylor admit they worked on new material with the singer.
Queen Discover Tape of One of Their First Concerts
Brian May has discovered a cassette of an early gig from London's Imperial College.
Queen Helps Matthew McConaughey Break Free in New Super Bowl Ad
Doritos uses "I Want to Break Free" in a commercial where the actor has become two-dimensional.