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 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.
When Queen Dabbled in Disco on 'Another One Bites the Dust'
Their music was already impossible to pigeonhole: a bit glam, a bit hard rock, a bit prog, a bit pop. Why not get funky too?
Queen Announce First Live Album and Home Video With Adam Lambert
First full-length project with new lead singer was recorded in concert between 2014 and 2020.
Queen’s Adam Lambert Sells ‘Chic’ Hollywood Home for $2.9 Million
Singer had been trying to sell the property since 2017.
40 Years Ago: Queen Reach Their U.S. Peak With ‘The Game’ Tour
They couldn’t know it at the time, but they’d never top their 49-date North American run.