I have been a fan of Queen since I was 10 years old and my first records were "A Night at the Opera" and that led zeppelin album with that song "stairway to heaven sake if I hear that song 1 MORE TIME, I'm going to gak!"-- I never really listened to the zzzzep album. But from the moment I put the needle down on that Queen record it was love. And it was primarily Freddy's songs that moved me the most.
I fell in love with this band back when they were hated. Queen was hated by just about everyone back in 1976--at least where I grew up at in the western suburbs of Chicago.
This band was so hated that when I went record hunting at 11 at the local K-mart, the overly macho guy that worked there took me aside and explained to me that there was no such band, no such band named Queen. That there could never be a band with that name. I remember thinking "what is this future fam talking about? "Bohemian Rhapsody" is on the billboard charts.."(of course I didn't think to myself the term future fam(family))
They were so hated that when I brought their albums with to school to be played during homeroom class, my 5th grade teacher openly ridiculed them, called them "queers" and mocked them, made fun of their long hair and gaudy clothes.
I was known throughout the neighborhood nay the entire school, as the girl who likes Queen. And everyone thought I was weird for it. Which just made me love the band more.
All my friends were into garbage teeny-bopper crap like Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, Andy Gibb etc. but I'm the "weird one", okaaay..! And what band is the rock legend now?
You Take My Breath Away
Like I said, it was always Freddy's songs that I loved the most. He wrote some of the most exquisite and poignant love songs ever--EVER. "You Take My Breath Away" & "Millionaires Waltz" are 2 beautiful examples of Freddy's tender and vulnerable side. Conversely, he shows us his disgust and wrath towards antagonists in "Flick of the Wrist" & "Death On 2 Legs". And yet another mood of his early on, is singing of vague legend and mythos in "My Fairy King" or "Ogre Battle"or subtle occult references- "Fairy Fellers Master Stroke" is overtly describing an occult ritual. Heck I believe "Killer Queen" and "March of the Black Queen" is probably about some wicked Rothschild or someone such at one of the subsequent parties of said rituals.
I know the title of this article is 10 Queen songs when every song on the list is a Freddy song but outside of some Deacon songs--maybe..Mercury wrote the best songs in the band, by far.
March of the Black Queen
10. In the Lap of the Gods
9. Flick of the Wrist
8. Lily of the Valley
7. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
6. Fairy Fellers Master Stroke
5. Millionaires Waltz
4. My Fairy King
3. You take my breath away
2. Death on 2 Legs
1. March of the Black Queen
Of course this list is subjective but Queen's first 5 albums should be in every serious music fans basic collection-and that's arguably objective.
In the Lap of the Gods
I remember before I heard of the band I listened to the radio occasionally, WLS in Chicago and they would play Bohemian Rhapsody but I'd turn on the radio and it would be somewhere in the middle of the song so for a minute there I didn't realize that the slow parts and faster parts were part of the same song. So Bohe Rhapsody first brought my attention to the band.
So I lived and breathed Queen until I was about 14 yrs old before actively listening to anything else. I've seen them live twice, once in 1980 and again in 1982. I've seen a few bands in my time-Jethro Tull, Jean-Luc Ponte, Journey(sucked), the Kinks (twice), Chuck Berry, The Grateful Dead, Flo and Eddie, the Monkees. And Queen by far, was the best I've ever seen. The first time I saw Queen, I remember at one point they were letting people come closer to the stage and I got so close, I could feel Freddies sweat misting down on a group of us. It was great! And Queen really knew how to put on a show.
By the time "Flash Gordon" and "The Game" came out, I pretty much stopped listening to their music, besides they were gaining respectability by the time "News of the World" was released. So the more they became accepted by the mainstream, the more to I gravitated to other stuff.
I still enjoy a rare listen. They were my first love after all, in rock and roll.