Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar and grew up there and in India before moving to England when he was a teenager. As the lead singer of Queen, Mercury became known as one of the best rock vocalists of all time. A 2005 poll conducted by Blender and MTV2 ranked Mercury as the best rock singer in history. We can’t really argue with that, especially when you realize that he also helped write many of Queen’s biggest hits. On November 24, 1991 Freddie Mercury died of broncopneumonia brought on by complications from AIDS. To celebrate Mercury’s life and work, we’ve put together some of our favorite hits from Queen.
There probably isn’t a single person on the planet who hasn’t gotten drunk and sang “Bohemian Rhapsody” with a bunch of friends. It’s also responsible for one of the funniest scenes from Wayne’s World.
“Killer Queen” was a single off of Queen’s third album Sheer Heart Attack, and it launched them into mainstream popularity.
It sounds like there is a 100 piece gospel choir in “Somebody To Love,” but it’s actually just the voices of Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor. That layering technique is pretty cool and probably saved them a lot of money.
“Dont Stop Me Now” was initially considered to be one of Queen’s lesser songs, but it has rightfully earned it’s place as one of the band’s best.
How could people enjoy when their favorite sports team wins without this song?