Queen, a legendary musical phenomena.
Legendary rock band Queen has been inspiring millions since their London formation in 1970. With the charismatic, musical genius front man born Farrokh Bulsara — aka Freddie Mercury — (Lead vocals, piano), Brian May (Vocals, Guitar), John Deacon (Vocals, Bass) and Drummer Roger Taylor (Vocals, Drums).
Queen has represented musical vision and freedom through their pioneering and creative approaches to composition and poetic, on-point song lyrics. The band continues to earn new fans of all ages and backgrounds 48 years after their initial formation. In the breadth of musical contributions Queen has made, we can see that music really has no bounds.
Queen released their first album in 1973 from that point on Queen was on a course to mega-stardom and musical legend.
Front man Freddie Mercury passed away quietly at 45 years old in 1991, leaving the world stunned. But now — 27 years later — 20th Century Fox has a highly anticipated biographical movie tribute to Queen, called Bohemian Rhapsody, opening on the big screen November 2nd, 2018. Freddie Mercury will be played by Mr. Robot star, Rami Malek to wide acclaim.
Take some time to explore these rock legends if you haven’t already — I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you are already a long time fan such as I am, enjoy this sampling of the best Queen song lyrics and music videos of all time, along with inspiring and insightful quotes by Freddie Mercury.
1. He knew who he was and never backed down.
“I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear” — Freddie Mercury
2. I Want To Break Free (1984, The Works)
“I want to break free
I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You’re so self-satisfied I don’t need you
I’ve got to break free
God knows God knows I want to break free” — Queen
3. Pioneers in the music industry.
“We’re a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules, It’s unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme, my dear” — Freddie Mercury
4. The Prophet’s Song (1975, A Night At The Opera)
“I dreamed I saw on a moonlit stair
Spreading his hands on the multitude there
A man who cried for a love gone stale
And ice cold hearts of charity bare
I watched as fear took the old men’s gaze
Hopes of the young in troubled graves
I see no day, I heard him say
So grey is the face of every mortal” — Queen
5. With a career so much in the spotlight, it’s understandable that he kept a bit of his life to himself.
“I am a romantic, but I do put up a barrier around myself, so it is hard for people to get in and to know the real me” — Freddie Mercury
6. Save Me (1980, The Game)
It started off so well
They said we made a perfect pair
I clothed myself in your glory and your love
How I loved you
How I cried — Queen
7. He believed in living for the moment.
“Who wants to live forever?” — Freddie Mercury
8. Who Wants To Live Forever (1986, It’s A Kind Of Magic)
“But touch my tears, with your lips
Touch my world, with your fingertips.
And we can have forever
And we can love forever
Forever is our today” — Queen
9. He wanted nothing other than to be himself.
“I’m just me” — Freddie Mercury
10. Bicycle Race (1978, Jazz)
“You say Rolls I say Royce
You say God give me a choice
You say Lord I say Christ
I don’t believe in Peter Pan
Frankenstein or Superman
All I wanna do is
Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle” — Queen
11. Confidence is key.
The reason we’re successful, darling? My overall charisma, of course” — Freddie Mercury
12. And original they were.
“The Whole point of Queen was to be original.” — Freddie Mercury
13. Crazy little thing called love (1980, The Game)
“This thing called love, I just can’t handle it
This thing called love, I must get round to it
I ain’t ready
Crazy little thing called love
This thing (this thing)
Called love (called love)
It cries (like a baby)
In a cradle all night
It swings (woo woo)
It jives (woo woo)
It shakes all over like a jelly fish
I kinda like it
Crazy little thing called love” — Queen
14. When speaking on the meaning of the lyrics.
“If you see it there, darling, then it’s there!” — Freddie Mercury
15. Life Is Real (1982, Hot Space)
“Success is my breathing space
I brought it on myself
I will price it, I will cash it
I can take it or leave it
Loneliness is my hiding place
What more can I say?
I have swallowed the bitter pill
I can taste it I can taste it
Life is real, life is real
Life is real” — Queen
16. Queen pushed forward to make some of the most original music of all time.
“Music is limitless” — Freddie Mercury
17. Its A Kind Of Magic (1986, A Kind Of Magic)
“It’s a kind of magic
There can be only one
This rage that lasts a thousand years
Will soon be done
This flame that burns inside of me
I’m hearing secret harmonies
It’s a kind of magic
The bell that rings inside your mind
Is challenging the doors of time
It’s a kind of magic” — Queen
18. And he doesn’t even believe in astrology!
“You know, I designed the Queen crest, I simply combined all the creatures that represent our star signs and I don’t even believe in astrology” — Freddie Mercury
19. Play The Game (1980, The Game)
“My game of love has just begun
Love runs from my head down to my toes
My love is pumping through my veins
Play the game
Driving me insane” — Queen
20. Some of the best concerts of all time.
“A concert is not a live rendition of our album, It’s a theatrical event!” — Freddie Mercury
21. Bohemian Rhapsody (1975, A Night At The Opera)
“So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye
So you think you can love me and leave me to die
Oh baby, can’t do this to me baby
Just gotta get out just gotta get right outta here” — Queen
22. Freddie Mercury spoke about how he believed he was a better musical composer than a writer.
“I think my melodies are superior to my lyrics” — Freddie Mercury
23. One Vision (1986, A Kind Of Magic)
“I had a dream,
When I was young,
A dream of sweet illusion,
A glimpse of hope and unity,
And visions of one sweet union,
But a cold wind blows,
And a dark rain falls,
And in my heart it shows,
Look what they’ve done to my dream” — Queen
24. He was never afraid to be emotional on and off the stage.
“I’m very emotional, I think I may go mad in several years time” — Freddie Mercury
25. Love Of My Life (1975, A Night At The Opera)
“Love of my life, you’ve hurt me
You’ve broken my heart, and now you leave me
Love of my life, can’t you see?
Bring it back, bring it back, don’t take it away from me
Because you don’t know what it means to me.” — Queen
26. Queen went big… in every way.
“The bigger the better; In everything.” — Freddie Mercury
27. We Will Rock You (1977, News Of The World)
“Buddy you’re a young man hard man
Shouting in the street gonna take on the world someday
You got blood on yo’ face
You big disgrace
Wavin’ your banner all over the place” — Queen
28. On feeling good.
“It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, I feel good, no one is going to stop me now” — Freddie Mercury
29. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy (1976, A Day At The Races)
“I can dim the lights and sing you songs full of sad things
We can do the tango just for two
I can serenade and gently play on your heart strings
Be your Valentino just for you” — Queen
30. On how Queen got their name.
“Years ago, I thought up the name Queen. It’s just a name, but it’s regal, obviously, and sounds splendid” — Freddie Mercury
31. Killer Queen (1974, Sheer Heart Attack)
“To avoid complications
She never kept the same address
She spoke just like a baroness
Met a man from China
Went down to Geisha Minah
Then again incidentally
If you’re that way inclined” — Queen
32. “I think all my songs are under the label emotion” — Freddie Mercury
“The more I open up, the more I get hurt, so basically what happens is I’m just riddled with scars” — Freddie Mercury
33. Too Much Love Will Kill You (1995, Made In Heaven)
“I’m just the pieces of the man I used to be
Too many bitter tears are raining down on me
I’m far away from home
And I’ve been facing this alone
For much too long
Oh, I feel like no-one ever told the truth to me
About growing up and what a struggle it would be
In my tangled state of mind
I’ve been looking back to find
Where I went wrong” — Queen
34. Going above and beyond.
“We’ve gone overboard on every Queen album, but that’s Queen” — Freddie Mercury
35. Prince’s Of The Universe (1986, A Kind Of Magic)
“Born to be kings, princes of the universe
Fighting and free
Got your world in my hand
I’m here for your love and I’ll make my stand
We were born to be princes of the universe” — Queen
36. Telling it like it is.
“What will I be doing in twenty years’ time? I’ll be dead, darling! Are you crazy?” — Freddie Mercury
37. The Show Must Go On (1991, Innuendo)
“My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies
Fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die
I can fly, my friends
The show must go on” — Queen
38. He lived up to everything he dreamed of.
I want to lead the Victorian life, surrounded by exquisite clutter” — Freddie Mercury
39. Friends Will Be Friends (1986, A Kind Of Magic)
“Friends will be friends
When you’re in need of love they give you care and attention
Friends will be friends
When you’re through with life and all hope is lost
Hold out your hand ’cause right till the end, friends will be friends
Yeah, yeah” — Queen
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