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 Brian May and Roger Taylor’s New Year’s Eve TV Appearance
Queen members take part in star-studded rendition of Japanese hit “Endless Rain.”
When Brian May Discovered Van Halen’s Cover of ‘Now I’m Here’
Queen guitarist only recently heard 1975 version of song he wrote the previous year.
Queen's 'News of the World,' Freddie Mercury Get New Funko Series
Two of the products draw from singer's famous stage looks.
How ‘Wayne’s World’ Was Victory for Freddie Mercury After He Died
Brian May thanks Mike Myers for helping Queen “get America back” with celebrated “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene.
See Queen, Aerosmith and Alice Cooper on 'Wayne's World' Reunion
The 1992 film was the latest subject of Josh Gad's 'Reunited Apart' web series.
When Brian May Thought Queen’s Live Aid Was 'Kind of Okay’
Guitarist reflects on how the band didn’t realize what it had achieved in 1985.
Listen to Willie Nelson and Karen O Cover ‘Under Pressure’
Artists deliver a powerful yet subdued version of the classic Queen and David Bowie duet.
Watch Queen and Adam Lambert Perform 'I Was Born to Love You'
Performance on 'Live Around the World' comes from a 2014 festival show in Tokyo.
Watch Queen and Adam Lambert Perform 'The Show Must Go On'
'Live Around the World' track comes from 2018 show in London.