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The Nation's Favourite Queen Song
jboothmillard30 November 2014
Warning: Spoilers
I have all three of the Greatest Hits albums of the British rock band, I love so many of their songs, but I had always wanted to see the story behind it all, having watched the documentary programmes celebrating the best songs of ABBA, Bee Gees and Elvis Presley, Christmas songs, and the greatest number one singles from the last sixty years, I was looking forward to the results of this countdown documentary programme. Queen, consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar) and all writers of the songs as well, they were during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, and are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Highlights in their careers were nine number one albums, six number one singles (including being featured), creating songs for the films Flash Gordon and Highlander, performing at the Live Aid concert, We Will Rock You the West End musical by Ben Elton, and much more. Freddie Mercury tragically died in 1991 of AIDS, and John Deacon retired in 1997, but the legend of the band and its lead singer lives on, and this show counted down the best songs they have given us, as voted for by the public. The songs listed are: "I Want It All" (1989), "It's a Hard Life" (1984), "One Vision" (1985), "You're My Best Friend" (1976), "Seven Seas of Rhye" (1974), "The Show Must Go On" (1991), "Another One Bites the Dust" (1980), "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (1979), "A Kind Magic" (1986), "Who Wants to Live Forever" (1986), "Somebody to Love" (1976), "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (1991), "Radio Ga Ga" (1984), "Under Pressure" - featuring David Bowie (1981), "Killer Queen" (1974), "We Are the Champions" (1977), "I Want to Break Free" (1984), "Don't Stop Me Now" (1979) (also covered by McFly), "We Will Rock You" (1977), and deserved number one "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975 & 1991) (also voted The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single). Other songs mentioned in the programme were: "Flash" (1980), "Bicycle Race" (1978), "The Miracle" (1989), "Innuendo" (1991), "The Great Pretender" (1987) and "Somebody to Love" - featuring George Michael (1992). Songs not mentioned that I love were: "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Play the Game", "Hammer to Fall", "Heaven for Everyone", "The Invisible Man", "I'm Going Slightly Mad" and "Thank God It's Christmas". Narrated by Matt Lucas, with contributions from David Arnold, Melanie 'Mel C' Chisholm, Spike Edney, McFly's Tom Fletcher, Peter 'Phoebe' Freestone, Bruce Gowers, Jo Gurnett, Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, Peter 'Ratty' Hince, Bob Harris, Noddy Holder, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Reinhold Mack, David Mallet, Fred Mandel, Brian May, Al Murray, Trevor Nelson, Katy Perry, Arlene Phillips, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Roger Taylor and Johnnie Walker (I really hoped major Queen fan, comedian and actor Rhys Thomas would have contributed). Very good!
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