Top 10 Underrated Queen Songs Of All Time
By Caellin Rodgers
In honour of the anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death, who died last month, on the 24th of November – 24 years ago(!) – I thought I’d write a bit of a post in honour of my favourite band growing up – Queen.
I’ve been a bit of a music geek for a long time now, and despite Freddie’s death coming not long after my own birth (6 days, if you were wondering), Queen was largely responsible for igniting that fire in me. I grew up in the 90s – a time where the musical options seemed to be almost entirely boy/girl bands – Spice Girls, Back Street Boys, N-Sync were all the soundscape of my peers and I genuinely hated it. Pop music very rarely interests me – it wasn’t until I started drinking and going out that I’ve gained that nostalgic fondness for certain pop songs (Riverside, I’m looking at you).
When I was eleven, my best friend at the time introduced me to Queen through the downright silliness of Bohemian Rhapsody. For my birthday that year, my parents gave me A Night at the Opera and started a lifelong passion for music. Hell, my first electric guitar was a Red Special replica.
And I know I’m not alone in this – many people, either who grew up with the music of Queen or are post-Freddie’s-Death have been hugely influenced by their music – almost all public opinion polls rank Queen in the top ten ‘greatest’ bands of all time, many ranking them in the first or second position. What better way to commemorate the life of someone so important to so many, therefore, than a top ten list – of the most underrated Queen songs of all time.
Number 10 – Delilah
Featuring the smooth, suave vocals Freddie is best known for, with an excellent baseline and some soaring guitar licks, it’s a surprise that Delilah didn’t do better on its release.
Number 9 – Scandal
Heavier rock lines, a super catchy melody and all the drama you expect from a Queen song.
Number 8 – Hang On In There
A spacey, dancey number with the right amount of rock – a real 80s anthem.
Number 7 – Dreamer’s Ball
A 30s-styled, relaxed jazzy tune – full of all the swung harmonies you could ever want.
Number 6 – All Dead, All Dead
Vocals by May, this one has a piano line to die for. Eerie and haunting, yet beautiful and soft.
Number 5 – All God’s People
Some really nice African rhythms in it, plenty of different sections and is peppered full of interesting and catchy moments – everything I love about Queen.
Number 4 – Is This The World We Created
This is such a sad and beautiful tune, hands down one of their best intimate moment songs.
Number 3 – Action This Day
A typical Queen pop hit – upbeat, singing guitars, harmonies throughout and excellent drum lines.
Number 2 – Ogre Battle
An earlier tune, its dramatic, loud and the lyrics are excellently theatrical.
Number 1 – Innuendo
Ok, unlike the others, Innuendo did do quite well, but not well enough – this song is fantastic – Spanish guitars, various interwoven sections, amazing vocal harmonies and bits of overindulgent opera rock – why this song didn’t do as well as Bohemian Rhapsody is something I’ll never understand – not to mention Freddie was pretty much on his death bed when they recorded it.
Any more Queen songs you think deserve a spot on this list? Drop a line below!
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