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10 Most Majestic Songs Of Queen

British rock band Queen is arguably the best rock band, and one of the most influential, in the world. Theirs is a musical style labeled distinctly as the “Queen sound”, with drummer Roger Taylor’s steady drumming, Paul Deacon’s thumping distinct bass lines, Brian May’s thrashing guitar riffs, and Freddie Mercury’s utterly amazing vocal style. Together, they’ve come up with a slew of hits that many people have come to know and love. We’ll count down the top 10 most grandiose songs this group of gentlemen:

#10: Fat Bottomed Girls | Album: Jazz (1978)

Long before Sir Mix-a-lot was singing “I like big butts…” in 1992, Queen beat him to it with a hard rock ditty about women with, uh, large posteriors in 1978. Brian May signature heavy guitar licks included.

#9: I Want To Break Free | Album: The Works (1984)

This song could have two meanings: It either reflected singer Freddie Mercury’s desire to leave his heterosexual relationship to pursue his homosexuality or women empowerment in the 80s. We’ve got to break free from all this analyzing and just enjoy the song for what it is.

#8: We Are The Champions | Album: News Of The World (1977)

Initially, this was a song to get the crowd involved in performances because of its “positive and uplifting message” according to May in an online edition of the Daily Mail. It eventually evolved into a victory anthem usable in virtually any sport today.

#7: We Will Rock You | Album: News Of The World (1977)

With the group known for primarily rock songs, this song diverges from that by being mostly acapella, with a unique percussion composed of stomps, claps, and pauses, repeated all throughout. Though the last part does have an intense guitar solo by May, We Will Rock You is a break from the band’s traditional sound, proving their musical versatility.

#6: Radio Gaga | Album: The Works (1984)

Radio Gaga is another composition that showcases Queen’s sound experimentation. They successfully blend electronica and rock together, with the warm synths pervading the song, while still making it their own. Fun fact: This song is what inspired Stefanie Germannota to call herself Lady GaGa.

#5: Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Album: The Game (1980)

Interestingly enough, this song is Freddie Mercury’s tribute to Elvis Presley. It was written in 10 minutes while the Queen frontman was in the bath in Bayerische Hof Hotel, Munich. If you listen to the song, it deceives you into thinking that Queen simply covered an Elvis hit, with his vocals mimicking The King’s southern twang and the instrumentation sounding like a rockabilly band. This is just another wonderful example of Queen’s genius and adaptability as a group.

#4: Under Pressure | Album: Hot Space (1982)

This is a prime example of the band’s musical quirkiness, with Mercury’s onomatopeiac, spontaneous adlibs, vocal support by drummer Taylor and guest artist David Bowie. This song also features Deacon’s hypnotic bass playing (which will be noted in another song in this list). This was sampled in Vanilla Ice’s familiar hit, Ice, Ice, Baby.

#3: Another One Bites The Dust | Album: The Game (1980)

This song is iconic on so many levels and can be considered the quintessential song of the band: Deacon’s highly infectious bass line, Taylor’s consistent drum playing, May’s minimalist and atmospheric guitar skills, and Mercury’s wide range of singing. Check out his vocal chops – he goes from subdued to wild – especially in his solo. According to band mate Brian May in an issue of Mojo, Mercury loved the song so much he sang “until his throat bled”, hence his intensity on the vocal parts. According to discussions on songfact.com, rumor has it the song was supposedly about cowboys who died from gunfights in the desert (“Bite the dust” was a cowboy slang term for “death”).

#2: Flash | Album: Flash Gordon, 1980

Also known as Flash’s Theme, the piece is complex in structure, involving not just rock, but also an orchestra-style sound done magnificently as only Queen could.

#1: Bohemian Rhapsody | Album: A Night At The Opera (1975)

Perhaps their most complex recording, Queen’s magnum opus is a rock opera all its own. The interpretations of this composition are diverse: Is it a window into singer Freddie Mercury’s personal struggles? Is it Faustian by nature? Or is it about an accidental murder, with the suspect tormented by his inner demons prior to execution? We’ll never know. As a lyric in the song goes, it “…doesn’t really matter…”

10 Indie Songs That Be On Your Playlist

Mainstream music is hip. There’s nothing like listening to what’s on the Billboard Top 20 or 100 to keep one’s self in-the-know with the music industry. But listening to all that Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and the like can get pretty tiring pretty quick.

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If you find yourself in that musical crossroad, it might be time to take a break from what’s popular and check out independent (indie) rock. For a brief overview, indie rock is an umbrella term for bands that aren’t signed to any major labels, but independent ones. They often have an eclectic mix of genres like traditional rock, dance, pop, blues, electronica, and many more. These groups gained a following on their own with hard work, musicality, and a little help from GarageBand and/or YouTube.

It might be time for you to listen to something new and fresh, and indie music can give you just that. Here are 10 songs (in no particular order) you should consider putting in your playlist. Who knows, you might even like these songs so much you’ll get into this new genre of indie music.

10. All The People | Artist: Circle | Album: The Middle

This track from the band’s debut album is enchantingly nostalgic and poignant about the human condition. A perfect listening for rainy days. Feels included.

9. When They Fight, They Fight | Artist: Generationals | Album: Con Law

There’s nothing like a bit of old school sound to add variety in your iPod. Play this song with your parents and listen to them reminisce about their younger years. Trivia: This song was featured in season 1 of popular legal dramedy Suits.

8. Wish You Were Here | Artist: Lee Fields & the Expressions | Album: Faithful Man

This is a wonderfully painful cry of someone pining after a loved one long gone from this world. Soulful and full of blues, lead singer Lee Field’s wailing gives it breadth and depth. Tissue not included.

7. All I Want | Artist: Kodaline | Album: In A Perfect World

This single is a wistful recollection of a relationship that once was. If you give it a double take, All I Want reminds you of an acoustic Coldplay.

6. Long Distance Call | Artist: Phoenix | Album: It’s Never Been Like That

It’s a song from Phoenix. What’s not to like?

5. Unbelievers | Artist: Vampire Weekend | Album: Modern Vampires of the City

Pure ear candy, especially with the warm organ and piano parts interspersed on the track.

4. Wanderlust (Pharrell Remix) | Artist: The Weeknd | Album: Kiss Land

Perfect track for a small house party or driving around the neighborhood.

3. Anna Sun | Artist: Walk The Moon | Album: Walk The Moon

You’ll definitely get hooked on the electric rock vibe of this song.

2. VCR | Artist: The xx | Album: The xx

The fourth single of the Brit band can be aptly described as a hypnotic pop lullaby.

1. Electric Feel | Artist: MGMT | Album: Oracular Spectacular

Considering that MGMT tap into a breadth of different genres in their music, this song sounds weird, but the good kind.