Queen

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2001

Inducted by: Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins

Nominated in: 2000   2001

First Eligible: 1999 Ceremony

Inducted Members: John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1999 (ranked #26) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Sheer Heart Attack (1974)
Queen II (1974)
A Night At The Opera (1975)
A Day at the Races (1976)
News of the World (1977)
The Game (1980)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Killer Queen (1974)
Stone Cold Crazy (1974)
Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)
You're My Best Friend (1975)
Somebody To Love (1976)
We Are The Champions (1977)
We Will Rock You (1977)
Fat Bottomed Girls (1978)
Don't Stop Me Now (1978)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (1980)
Another One Bites The Dust (1980)
Under Pressure (1981)
Radio Ga Ga (1984)
I Want to Break Free (1984)
Who Wants to Live Forever (1986)
The Show Must Go On (1991)

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Queen II is mandatory listening for any Rock and Roll fan.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 01.4.08 @ 12:09pm


I have always thought that Queen and Styx had similarities in their music. If not, then it must be just the voices of Freddy Mercury and Dennis DeYoung. I can hear them singing and performing each other's music.

Queen performing Renegade, Lady, Come Sail Away, Babe, The Best of Times, Don't Let It End, Too Much Time On My Hands, Mr. Roboto, and especially Show Me The Way.

Styx performing Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust, I Want To Break Free, You're My Best Friend, Radio Gaga and These Are The Days of Our Live.

Music critics, especially Rolling Stone Magazine critics have always given Queen and Styx 2/5 stars on most of their studio albums.

But critics prefer Queen over Styx probably because Queen wrote more Rock stadium anthems. Plus, Freddy Mercury was gay and died from AIDS. Rock historians eat that stuff up. It's probably one of the reasons why Queen is in the Rock Hall and Styx isn't.

Mr. Roboto is to Styx what Radio Gaga is to Queen.

Are both Queen and Styx considered ARENA Rock?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.9.08 @ 07:27am


That's a good question. I've heard people call Styx a progressive rock but I think most of us are at a loss to describe them. In the 80s a lot of bands gravitated toward the sound you're describing, which I guess would be arena rock.

Posted by Metalsmith on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 16:17pm


I would agree that Styx wrote and performed some good music, but I don't see such similarities. This is not a knock on Styx, but they are not in the same league with Queen.

Freddie's voice covered a larger range and was fuller. Roger's drumming was magnificent. Brian's playing was intelligent and sweet and John kept it all together.

I can see Queen doing the music of many bands but I do not see Styx doing the music of Queen. The vocal harmonies of Queen was quite distinct and no one put on a show like Freddie. All the world was his stage. I think it is argued by many that Freddie was the greatest front man in all RnR history.

Queen was one of the most important Rock bands of all time and it had nothing to do with Freddie dieing of AIDS. It was because they were that good.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 02.19.08 @ 15:07pm


Dragon Attack.....

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 02.19.08 @ 15:31pm


Metallica won the 1991 Grammy for their version of Stone Cold Crazy. Just thought I would mention that.

Styx in their wildest dreams couldn't be as good as Queen.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 08.22.08 @ 13:16pm


Just being curious on this. Anyone who has been here for awhile know how much I detest the constant labeling of music and all the sub-genres that have been named. To me, all it does is pigeon-hole a band. And I was just wondering; how would you call classify Queen? Is there a genre you would categorize them in?

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 15:20pm


Dameon...I think Queen and a few other select groups and/or artists transcend all that sort of sub-genre rhetoric. They are one of those groups who are the very definition of "Rock & Roll"...period.

If an artist/group has to get "pigeon-holed" in a sub-genre, then they don't have much of an identity!

Once again, just my opinion...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 15:29pm


Mind if I jump in on the Queen posting here? It's funny you should mention this, cause as I sit here typing, the 5th installment of a 7-part British series on rock has ended on VH1 classic. I have a few minutes before the Phils-Brewers game to kill here, so I'll weigh in w/a few ideas.

The series put Queen under the heading "Stadium Rock". This seemed to be an all-purpose collection of acts from Springsteen to Kiss to Dire Straits, so there's no sensible pattern of logic to be found. I have an old book, "the RS history of rock" revamped several times. In this book Queen is listed as metal. It should be noted that the copyright on the book is nearly 20 yrs. ago, and the book itself is quite 60's-centric. It tends to reduce almost everything from the 70's into genre categories. That being said, Queen had some influence in metal. Certainly the tribute concert given for Mercury after his passing featured Metallica & GNR(I Believe). "Wayne's World" felt they were worthy, though I reserve a little judgement there. You know, I just realized what a hideous pun that was.

Anywho, If I absolutely had to pin a genre on Queen, I would split the difference on both sources above and aim at Glam. Progressive Glam if you wanted to push further. Unfortunately I can't. The Phils are coming up in a few minutes, so I gotta split. If they get blown out of the water I'll be back to continue this.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 16:26pm


Gitar; CC

Here is the thing with Queen. I remember as a teenager seeing them for the first time opening for Mott at the Uris Theatre and being totally memorized by them. There music was as progressive as anything I had ever heard. It was as loud and as bombastic as anything I had ever heard and it could be as campy as anything out there. And if the term Alternative existed at that point, they would certainly have been deemed that as well. I will always say that they are one of the 10 most important bands ever.

But I am interested in what others think; Liam, William, Metalsmith and everyone else out there.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 16:58pm


Although I am in no way a fan of Queen, one of my favourite recollections from browsing amazon.com in the past is

"Queen is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Are the critics?"

intended as a riposte to critical hatred for the band.

Of course not a single critic is in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, and whilst famous critics could theoretically get in under Lifetime Achievement or Non-Performer categories, I do feel there would be dangerous precedents in allowing people not involved in the making or playing of records (as producers, DJs etc. are) but only in their promotion via writing. Logically, if critics could get in, other writers with less connections might be considered, which would make the Non-performer category far too loose.

Posted by taite on Tuesday, 10.14.08 @ 05:49am


"Of course not a single critic is in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, "

Possibly untrue depending on your definition of critic, as Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner has been inducted, as was Billboard music editor Paul Ackerman. Beyond them, they've inducted a lot of promoters and record executives, who are questionably involved with the "making and playing" of music.

Posted by MBI on Tuesday, 10.14.08 @ 15:09pm


MBI,

I was aware Jan Wenner was in the Hall of Fame. The "critics" whom I was saying were not in the Hall were people whose contribution to rock music was essentially analysing and criticising albums and recommending or not recommending them to listeners (as opposed to simple promotions). Example: people who write record guides or rock histories.

Record executives are much more involved with the making of music than critics, too. for one thing, they decide which artists to sign and what albums get released - without releasing records an artists cannot be in the Hall as a Performer.

Posted by taite on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 07:52am


Top 5 Queen Songs

1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. We Will Rock You
3. We Are the Champions
4. Fat Bottomed Girls
5. A Crazy Little Thing Called Love









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Axl Rose sounds funny doing Bohemian Rhapsody.

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 14:07pm


Mike how could you leave out "Killer Queen." And what happened to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love?"

Posted by Seven on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 14:14pm


He listed "Crazy Little Thing" at #5 Seven

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 14:18pm


So I guess Seven is trying to say is "why did you leave out Killer Queen?" And if he does'nt mean that then he might be a little bit crazy.

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 14:25pm


Silence!! How dare you criticize Seven Mike?

Posted by Seven on Sunday, 11.16.08 @ 15:28pm


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Posted by BookSeekers on Tuesday, 03.3.09 @ 03:07am


Top 5:

Now I'm Here
Stone Cold Crazy
Ogre Battle
Long Away
Drouse

At least they are my favs.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 07:45am


Queen, simply put were one of the best rock bands of all-time. Freddie Mercury was the greatest frontman in rock history and one of the greatest singers ever(IMO).

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 08.27.09 @ 22:39pm


I would put ABBA in the same boat with Queen. Rolling Stone Magazine never gave Queen a quality rating of more than 2 or 3 stars out of 5 stars on each of their studio albums. Same goes for ABBA. Queen and ABBA both had many anthems that were loved by radio, fans, critics, nightclubs, sporting arenas and Broadway musicals. Queen was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and ABBA will be inducted as well.

Ironically, Queen and ABBA both have had greatest hits albums made for them in which the album covers were all black and their names and title printed in gold letters.

Queen:

Killer Queen * Bohemian Rhapsody * You're My Best Friend * Somebody To Love * Tie Your Mother Down * It's Late * We Are The Champions * We Will Rock You * Don't Stop Me Now * Fat Bottomed Girls * Another One Bites The Dust * Crazy Little Thing Called Love * Need Your Loving Tonight * Play The Game * Under Pressure * Flash's Theme * Body Language * Calling All Girls * Life Is Real * Put Out The Fire * I Want To Break Free * It's A Hard Life * Radio Ga-Ga * One Vision * A Kind Of Magic * I Want It All * Headlong * I Can't Live With You * Innuendo * Hammer To Fall * The Show Must Go On * These Are The Days Of Our Lives

ABBA

Honey, Honey * Waterloo * S.O.S * Fernando * I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do * Mamma Mia * Dancing Queen * Knowing Me, Knowing You * Money, Money, Money * Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) * Take A Chance On Me * The Name Of The Game * Thank You For The Music * I Have A Dream * Angel Eyes * Does Your Mother Know * Voulez-Vous * Chiquitita * Lay All Your Love On Me * Super Trouper * On And On * The Winner Takes It All * When All Is Said And Done * The Visitors * One Of Us

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.6.09 @ 16:30pm


Blasphemy - Roy - you have zero creditability now. You want to compare ABBA with Queen because Rolling Stone rated their albums almost the same. Have you lost your mind? Obviously you have. ABBA - pop hits and fairly simplistic. Queen - true RnR genius. Amazing guitar work and the greatest frontman in the history of RnR.

Roy - please stop.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 10.6.09 @ 17:40pm


Why does Crazy Little Thing Called Love make me think of Elvis Presley? Was it an Elvis song originally? Or maybe it's just the way Freddie Mercury purposely sang it to sound like Elvis?

Posted by QAZ on Tuesday, 10.6.09 @ 18:42pm


Freddie Mercury wrote "CLTCL" on an acoustic guitar. I think he was inspired by Elvis.

FROM A KING TO QUEEN!!!!

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 10.6.09 @ 22:11pm


Queen vs. ABBA

Bohemian Rhapsody vs. Mamma Mia
Tie Your Mother Down vs. Does Your Mother Know
Play the Game vs. The Name of the Game
Innuendo vs. Fernando
We Are The Champions vs. The Winner Takes It All

(Note: "Bohemian Rhapsody" has "Mamma Mia
repeated three times.)

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.7.09 @ 04:38am


Gee, Roy...if you use the "six degrees of separation" I'm sure you can associate Queen and ABBA with Kevin Bacon, too...

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 10.7.09 @ 17:42pm


Kevin Bacon was in Diner with Steve Guttenberg who was in 3 Men and a Baby with Tom Selleck who was in Runaway with Gene Simmons who is in Kiss.

Also, Kevin Bacon Was in A Few Good Men with Jack Nicholson who was in Mars Attacks with Pierce Brosnan who was in Mamma Mia.

There I did it. LOLOLOLOL

Posted by Brian on Wednesday, 10.7.09 @ 20:27pm


Queen vs. ABBA

Killer Queen vs. Dancing Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody vs. Mamma Mia
Tie Your Mother Down vs. Does Your Mother Know
Play the Game vs. The Name of the Game
Innuendo vs. Fernando
We Are The Champions vs. The Winner Takes It All

(Note: "Bohemian Rhapsody" has "Mamma Mia
repeated three times.)

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.7.09 @ 20:55pm


I don't know why I did Kiss for but here is for Queen

Kevin Bacon was in JFK with Kevin Costner who was in Robin Hood with Sean Connery who was in Highlander which Queen did songs for.

there. LOLOL

Posted by Brian on Wednesday, 10.7.09 @ 21:25pm


I just got around to reading Dameon's post above. He was nice enough to mention me so I thought I should post. There's no question that Queen had an extensive influence on heavy metal. You can clearly hear it in the music of Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, etc. But overall I would have to agree with certain earlier posts; Queen defies categorization and they certainly are one of the most important bands in history. Incidentally, I think that Brian May and Roger Taylor tried to steer the band in a more "hard rock" direction, while Freddie Mercury kept them grounded in their classical background, a combination that affected many bands that came after.

Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 12.15.09 @ 02:04am


I have always thought that Queen and Styx had similarities in their music. If not, then it must be just the voices of Freddy Mercury and Dennis DeYoung. I can hear them singing and performing each other's music.

Queen performing Renegade, Lady, Come Sail Away, Babe, The Best of Times, Don't Let It End, Too Much Time On My Hands, Mr. Roboto, and especially Show Me The Way.

Styx performing Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust, I Want To Break Free, You're My Best Friend, Radio Gaga and These Are The Days of Our Live.

Music critics, especially Rolling Stone Magazine critics have always given Queen and Styx 2/5 stars on most of their studio albums.

But critics prefer Queen over Styx probably because Queen wrote more Rock stadium anthems. Plus, Freddy Mercury was gay and died from AIDS. Rock historians eat that stuff up. It's probably one of the reasons why Queen is in the Rock Hall and Styx isn't.

Mr. Roboto is to Styx what Radio Gaga is to Queen.

Are both Queen and Styx considered ARENA Rock?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.9.08 @ 07:27am

No, there is nothing similar about the vocals. Freddie was miles above Dennis De Young. Queen on their worst day would've come up with something better than "Mr. Roboto". Chuck Panozzo is gay and living with AIDS, and I believe Freddie was actually bi. I have nothing against Styx, but imagine both bands facing off in a "Battle of the Bands"; no contest. Queen were actually "Stadium Rock", and were the first band to really break South America, and were playing to as many as 150,000 people in Argentina in 1981. That, combined with how talented each member was, their massive innovation, their popularity, their influence on pop, metal, hard rock and alternative, combined with their ability to play many different styles is the reason why they are in the Hall. Styx weren't all that innovative, not that influential, and were stupid enough to perform "Mr. Roboto" at the Texxas Jam in 1983 to an audience that wanted to rock (no, I haven't listened to the whole of Kilroy) and after Sammy Hagar and Ted Nugent had just performed. That is why they are not in the Hall.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 17:49pm


Dennis DeYoung would have been a good choice to tour with Queen if Paul Rodgers had turned Queen down.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 08.8.10 @ 14:46pm


Dennis DeYoung of Styx has replaced Paul Rogers of Free and Bad Company as the lead singer for Queen.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 09.10.10 @ 18:53pm


Roy - please stop. You are not allowed to ever comment on Queen again after the Styx and ABBA comparrisons.

Queen - a defining band in the nhistory of RnR. A lightning strike if you will. You are never getting another.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 12.22.11 @ 15:44pm


Does ANYONE realize that Queen WASN'T inducted FIRST BALLOT?

Posted by Karl Singleton on Saturday, 10.18.14 @ 11:22am


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