Queen Guitar Chords

Queen

Biography

Few bands embodied the pure excess of the '70s like Queen. Embracing the exaggerated pomp of prog rock and heavy metal, as well as vaudevillian music hall, the British quartet delved deeply into camp and bombast, creating a huge, mock-operatic sound with layered guitars and overdubbed vocals. Queen's music was a bizarre yet highly accessible fusion of the macho and the fey. For years, their albums boasted the motto "no synthesizers were used on this record," signaling their allegiance with the legions of post-Led Zeppelin hard rock bands. But vocalist Freddie Mercury brought an extravagant sense of camp to Queen, pushing them toward kitschy humor and pseudo-classical arrangements, as epitomized on their best-known song, "Bohemian Rhapsody." Mercury, it must be said, was a flamboyant bisexual who managed to keep his sexuality in the closet until his death from AIDS in 1991. Through his legendary theatrical performances, Queen became one of the most popular bands in the world in the mid-'70s; in England, they remained second only to the Beatles in popularity and collectibility in the '90s. Despite their enormous popularity, Queen were never taken seriously by rock critics -- an infamous Rolling Stone review labeled their 1979 album Jazz as "fascist." In spite of such harsh criticism, the band's popularity rarely waned; even in the late '80s, the group retained a fanatical following except in America. In the States, their popularity peaked in the early '80s, just as they finished nearly a decade's worth of extraordinarily popular records. And while those records were never praised, they sold in enormous numbers, and traces of Queen's music could be heard in several generations of hard rock and metal bands in the next two decades, from Metallica to Smashing Pumpkins.

The origins of Queen lay in the hard rock psychedelic group Smile, which guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor joined in 1967. Following the departure of Smile's lead vocalist, Tim Staffell, in 1971, May and Taylor formed a group with Freddie Mercury, the former lead singer for Wreckage. Within a few months, bassist John Deacon joined them, and they began rehearsing. Over the next two years, as all four members completed college, they simply rehearsed, playing just a handful of gigs. By 1973, they had begun to concentrate on their career, releasing their debut album, Queen, that year and setting out on their first tour. Queen was more or less a straight metal album and failed to receive much acclaim, but Queen II became an unexpected British breakthrough early in 1974. Before its release, the band played Top of the Pops, performing "Seven Seas of Rhye." Both the song and the performance were smash successes, and the single rocketed into the Top Ten, setting the stage for Queen II to reach number five. Following its release, the group embarked on its first American tour, supporting Mott the Hoople. On the strength of their campily dramatic performances, the album climbed to number 43 in the States.

Queen released their third album, Sheer Heart Attack, before the end of 1974. The music hall-meets-Zeppelin "Killer Queen" climbed to number two on the U.K. charts, taking the album to number two as well. Sheer Heart Attack made some inroads in America as well, setting the stage for the breakthrough of 1975's A Night at the Opera. Queen labored long and hard over the record; according to many reports, it was the most expensive rock record ever made at the time of its release. The first single from the record, "Bohemian Rhapsody," became Queen's signature song, and with its bombastic, mock-operatic structure punctuated by heavy metal riffing, it encapsulates their music. It is also the symbol for their musical excesses -- the song took three weeks to record, and there were so many vocal overdubs on the record that it was possible to see through the tape at certain points. To support "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen shot one of the first conceptual music videos, and the gamble paid off as the single spent nine weeks at number one in England, breaking the record for the longest run at number one. The song and A Night at the Opera were equally successful in America, as the album climbed into the Top Ten and quickly went platinum.

Following A Night at the Opera, Queen were established as superstars, and they quickly took advantage of all their status had to offer. Their parties and indulgence quickly became legendary in the rock world, yet they continued to work at a rapid rate. In the summer of 1976, they performed a free concert at London's Hyde Park that broke attendance records, and they released the hit single "Somebody to Love" a few months later. It was followed by A Day at the Races, which was essentially a scaled-down version of A Night at the Opera that reached number one in the U.K. and number five in the U.S. They continued to pile up hit singles in both Britain and America over the next five years, as each of their albums went into the Top Ten, always going gold and usually platinum in the process. Because Queen embraced such mass success and adoration, they were scorned by the rock press, especially when they came to represent all of the worst tendencies of the old guard in the wake of punk. Nevertheless, the public continued to buy Queen records. Featuring the Top Five double-A-sided single "We Are the Champions"/"We Will Rock You," News of the World became a Top Ten hit in 1977. The following year, Jazz nearly replicated that success, with the single "Fat Bottomed Girls"/"Bicycle Race" becoming an international hit despite the massive bad publicity surrounding their media stunt of staging a nude female bicycle race.

Queen were at the height of their popularity as they entered the '80s, releasing The Game, their most diverse album to date, in 1980. On the strength of two number one singles -- the campy rockabilly "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and the disco-fied "Another One Bites the Dust" -- The Game became the group's first American number one album. However, the bottom fell out of the group's popularity, particularly in the U.S., shortly afterward. Their largely instrumental soundtrack to Flash Gordon was coldly received later in 1980. With the help of David Bowie, Queen were able to successfully compete with new wave with the 1981 hit single "Under Pressure" -- their first U.K. number one since "Bohemian Rhapsody" -- which was included both on their 1981 Greatest Hits and 1982's Hot Space. Instead of proving the group's vitality, "Under Pressure" was a last gasp. Hot Space was only a moderate hit, and the more rock-oriented The Works (1984) also was a minor hit, with only "Radio Ga Ga" receiving much attention. Shortly afterward, they left Elektra and signed with Capitol.

Faced with their decreased popularity in the U.S. and waning popularity in Britain, Queen began touring foreign markets, cultivating a large, dedicated fan base in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, continents that most rock groups ignored. In 1985, they returned to popularity in Britain in the wake of their showstopping performance at Live Aid. The following year, they released A Kind of Magic to strong European sales, but they failed to make headway in the States. The same fate befell 1989's The Miracle, yet 1991's Innuendo was greeted more favorably, going gold and peaking at number 30 in the U.S. Nevertheless, it still was a far bigger success in Europe, entering the U.K. charts at number one.

By 1991, Queen had drastically scaled back their activity, causing many rumors to circulate about Freddie Mercury's health. On November 23, he issued a statement confirming that he was stricken with AIDS; he died the next day. The following spring, the remaining members of Queen held a memorial concert at Wembley Stadium that was broadcast to an international audience of more than one billion. Featuring such guest artists as David Bowie, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Def Leppard, and Guns N' Roses, the concert raised millions for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which was established for AIDS awareness. The concert coincided with a revival of interest in "Bohemian Rhapsody," which climbed to number two in the U.S. and number one in the U.K. in the wake of its appearance in the Mike Myers comedy Wayne's World.

Following Mercury's death, the remaining members of Queen were fairly quiet. Brian May released his second solo album, Back to the Light, in 1993, ten years after the release of his first record. Roger Taylor cut a few records with the Cross, which he had been playing with since 1987, while Deacon essentially retired. The three reunited in 1994 to record backing tapes for vocal tracks Mercury recorded on his deathbed. The resulting album, Made in Heaven, was released in 1995 to mixed reviews and strong sales, particularly in Europe. Crown Jewels, a box set repackaging their first eight LPs, followed in 1998. Archival live recordings, DVDs, and compilations kept appearing through the new millennium.

The Queen name was revived in 2005, but this time with "+ Paul Rodgers" appended to it. Rodgers, the former lead singer of Free and Bad Company, joined Brian May and Roger Taylor (John Deacon remained retired) for several live shows, one of which was documented on 2005's Return of the Champions, a double-disc release issued by the Hollywood label. International touring continued, as did a new studio album featuring Rodgers' vocals. Released under the "Queen + Paul Rodgers" tag, The Cosmos Rocks appeared in September 2008, followed by an American release one month later. Reception was decidedly mixed. Rodgers departed from Queen in 2009 and in his wake came a new compilation called Absolute Greatest.

TV appearances followed over the next two years, including a spot on the 2009 American Idol finale where they performed with Adam Lambert, and then in 2010 Queen wound up leaving their home of EMI for Island, which brought all of the group's recordings to Universal Records. A new round of reissues followed in 2011, along with a performance with Lambert at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and the vocalist soon became a fixture with the band, as Queen performed several big concerts and television performances in 2012 and 2013, followed by a full tour in 2014. Also that year, Queen released another compilation, Queen Forever, which was anchored by reworked versions of three old songs, including a solo number by Mercury where he duetted with Michael Jackson. The archival live album, A Night at the Odeon, featuring the band's 1975 Christmas Eve performance at London's Hammersmith Odeon, appeared in 2015.

Over the next two years, the band stayed active appearing live with Lambert. In 2018, Queen was the subject of the biopic film Bohemian Rhapsody, which starred Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. The band contributed to the soundtrack, which featured classic tracks as well as live recordings and several songs reworked for the film. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Genres: glam rock, rock

Guitar Chords:

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39 (ver. 2)
39 (ver. 3)
39 (ver. 4)
39 (ver. 5)
39 (ver. 6)
39 (ver. 7)
Action This Day
A Human Body
A Kind Of Magic
A Kind Of Magic (ver. 2)
A Kind Of Magic (ver. 3)
A Kind Of Magic (ver. 4)
A Kind Of Magic (ver. 5)
All Dead All Dead
All Dead All Dead (ver. 2)
Another One Bites The Dust
Another One Bites The Dust (ver. 2)
Another One Bites The Dust (ver. 3)
A Winters Tale
Back Chat
Bicycle Race
Bicycle Race (ver. 2)
Bicycle Race (ver. 3)
Bicycle Race (ver. 4)
Bijou
Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody (ver. 2)
Bohemian Rhapsody (ver. 3)
Bohemian Rhapsody (ver. 4)
Bohemian Rhapsody (ver. 5)
Bohemian Rhapsody (ver. 6)
Bohemian Rhapsody (ver. 7)
Bohemian Rhapsody (ver. 8)
Bohemian Rhapsody Killer Queen
Breakthru
Breakthru (ver. 2)
Brighton Rock
Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Bring Back That Leroy Brown (ver. 2)
Calling All Girls
Call Me
Coming Soon
Cool Cat
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (ver. 2)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (ver. 3)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (ver. 4)
Dear Friends
Death On Two Legs
Delilah
Dont Stop Me Now
Dont Stop Me Now (ver. 2)
Dont Stop Me Now (ver. 3)
Dont Stop Me Now (ver. 4)
Dont Stop Me Now (ver. 5)
Dont Try So Hard
Dragon Attack
Dreamers Ball
Drowse
Earth
Fat Bottomed Girls
Father To Son
Flash
Flick Of The Wrist
Friends Will Be Friends
Friends Will Be Friends (ver. 2)
Funny How Love Is
Gimme The Prize
Good Company
Good Company (ver. 2)
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy (ver. 2)
Great King Rat
Hammer To Fall
Headlong
Heaven For Everyone
If You Cant Beat Them
Im Going Slightly Mad
Im Going Slightly Mad (ver. 2)
Im Going Slightly Mad (ver. 3)
Im In Love With My Car
Im In Love With My Car (ver. 2)
Innuendo
Innuendo (ver. 2)
In Only Seven Days
In The Lap Of The Gods
In The Lap Of The Gods (ver. 2)
In The Lap Of The Gods Revisited
In The Lap Of The Gods Revisited (ver. 2)
Is This The World We Created
Is This The World We Created (ver. 2)
Is This The World We Created (ver. 3)
Is This The World We Created (ver. 4)
Is This The World We Created (ver. 5)
Is This The World We Created (ver. 6)
Its A Beautiful Day
Its A Hard Life
Its A Hard Life (ver. 2)
Its A Hard Life (ver. 3)
Its Late
Its Late (ver. 2)
I Want It All
I Want To Break Free
I Want To Break Free (ver. 2)
I Was Born To Love You
Jealousy
Keep Passing The Open Windows
Keep Yourself Alive
Keep Yourself Alive (ver. 2)
Killer Queen
Killer Queen (ver. 2)
Killer Queen (ver. 3)
Las Palabras De Amor
Las Palabras De Amor (ver. 2)
Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon (ver. 2)
Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon (ver. 3)
Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon (ver. 4)
Leaving Home Aint Easy
Let Me Entertain You
Let Me In Your Heart Again
Let Me In Your Heart Again (ver. 2)
Let Me Live
Life Is Real Song For Lennon
Lily Of The Valley
Long Away
Love Of My Life
Love Of My Life (ver. 2)
Love Of My Life (ver. 3)
Love Of My Life (ver. 4)
Love Of My Life (ver. 5)
Machines
Made In Heaven
Made In Heaven (ver. 2)
Mad The Swine
Man On The Prowl
Misfire
More Of That Jazz
Mother Love
Mustapha
My Life Has Been Saved
My Melancholy Blues
My Melancholy Blues (ver. 2)
Need Your Loving Tonight
Nevermore
Nevermore (ver. 2)
No-One But You
Now Im Here
Now Im Here (ver. 2)
One Vision
One Year Of Love
Pain Is So Close To Pleasure
Play The Game
Play The Game (ver. 2)
Princes Of The Universe
Radio Ga Ga
Radio Ga Ga (ver. 2)
Radio Ga Ga (ver. 3)
Ride The Wild Wind
Rock It
Rock It (ver. 2)
Sail Away Sweet Sister
Save Me
Save Me (ver. 2)
Say Its Not True
Say Its Not True (ver. 2)
Seaside Rendezvous
Seven Seas Of Rhye
Seven Seas Of Rhye (ver. 2)
Seven Seas Of Rhye (ver. 3)
Sheer Heart Attack
She Makes Me
Small
Small (ver. 2)
Somebody To Love
Somebody To Love (ver. 2)
Somebody To Love (ver. 3)
Some Day One Day
Some Things That Glitter
Spread Your Wings
Stone Cold Crazy
Sweet Lady
Tear It Up
Tenement Funster
Teo Torriatte Let Us Cling Together
Thank God Its Christmas
Thank God Its Christmas (ver. 2)
Thank God Its Christmas (ver. 3)
The Fairy Fellers Master-Stroke
The Loser In The End
The March Of The Black Queen
The Millionaire Waltz
The Miracle
The Night Comes Down
The Prophets Song
There Must Be More To Life Than This
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
These Are The Days Of Our Lives (ver. 2)
The Show Must Go On
The Show Must Go On (ver. 2)
The Show Must Go On (ver. 3)
The Show Must Go On (ver. 4)
The Show Must Go On (ver. 5)
The Show Must Go On (ver. 6)
The Show Must Go On (ver. 7)
The Show Must Go On (ver. 8)
The Show Must Go On (ver. 9)
The Show Must Go On (ver. 10)
Tie Your Mother Down
Too Much Love Will Kill You
Too Much Love Will Kill You (ver. 2)
Too Much Love Will Kill You (ver. 3)
Under Pressure
Under Pressure (ver. 2)
Under Pressure (ver. 3)
Under Pressure (ver. 4)
Voodoo
Warboys
Was It All Worth It
We Are The Champions
We Are The Champions (ver. 2)
We Are The Champions (ver. 3)
We Are The Champions (ver. 4)
We Are The Champions (ver. 5)
We Are The Champions (ver. 6)
We Believe
We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You (ver. 2)
We Will Rock You (ver. 3)
We Will Rock You (ver. 4)
White Queen
Who Needs You
Who Wants To Live Forever
Who Wants To Live Forever (ver. 2)
Who Wants To Live Forever (ver. 3)
Who Wants To Live Forever (ver. 4)
Who Wants To Live Forever (ver. 5)
You And I
You Dont Fool Me
Youre My Best Friend
Youre My Best Friend (ver. 2)
Youre My Best Friend (ver. 3)
Youre My Best Friend (ver. 4)
Youre So Square Baby I Dont Care
You Take My Breath Away
You Take My Breath Away (ver. 2)
You Take My Breath Away (ver. 3)