It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Queen

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 also is 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 the 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 legend 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

Comments

Another bites da dust! WOO!!!!
He's amazing
lisawhite962
What a voice Freddie had, he was so underestimat e d !
mama im so happy im alive!!
you want more!!! ok
wake up babies!!
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day ofyour life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works
There will never be a group like Queen again! Their music changed with each album released. I remember when Queen II was released. I was in middle school and when I heard it I knew I was listening to something special. I had an old cassette player I would take on the bus and play the album. Unfortunatel y my friends didn't get the music because of its archaic atmosphere but I was totally hooked. Queen II is still in my personal top 5 greatest albums!
Funk n' roll!
Love the song!
who lives forever any way when the light of life dies at the last day and sorrow stains the empty hearts pain painting grief over its wounds contained in shards of quickening blades stabbing over and over a souls love lost in deaths maze as darkness gains a way lieing across the thresh hold that leads to another place to give an illuition that living will find a way to give the hope of love a new stay
mgarcia2v
On my bus we all stomp to the rythem!
kmr8003
I want to ride bicycle I love this song
ethan3556



Df













For BIG hole who follows me where ever I go
70's Queen... their first 8 albums; does it get any better?? If I was forced to, I could live with just those albums and The Beatles... and be content. <3
Nobody (NOBODY) sang, sings, or will EVER sing like Freddie sang. He could literally sing the phonebook (what's that nowadays? LoL) and I'd love it. Brian is a genius... I could go on and on...
brenretta9
I love Another One Bites The Dust
my song
:)
I love this song if you like this to follow me
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by your lover on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you are reading this don't stop. Post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. Then press F6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters. This is so scary it actually works.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
This is not fake apparently if you copy and past this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be asked out or kissed if you break this chain you will see a little girl in your window tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will either say I love you or I'm sorry.
F**KING AMAZING!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
gria due dianayes pea mate
Caei
Hold ituri
whew isde sogurivianga l l g r a n t s n i l v e l a t o m y w i w
suchauting season who warp live forever simeye
Myei
Iovepaoe du hoestowhastt i n i a c w i a c a i m m e d i a t o t i w e a r e t h e f o t y o w e c h m p i n i ! @ " ; (
Lovethisdana d i a n a
Yuor evade yurmuchyruti
say phono five times
deana ueu Diana ree decarke
Norrk200.... Im worried about you...
half the time i like to pretend that Freddie's my dad and talk to his spirit. My mom, family, and friends are worried about me.
I wanna be everything you didn't know you wanted
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
Jjjjjj
Say IPhone 5 five times
Say a color
Post this on 5 more songs
Look under your pillow
danalara
I agree with pjrenaud - this song needs to be followed up with "We Are the Champions".
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Love this band :)
paulj.renaud
I love Pandora - but honestly, what station plays We Will Rock You without immediately following it with We Are the Champions?!
Bohemian Rapsody is sad
Such a haunting sad song..who wants to live forever?? Simply beautiful...
when wills die in sorrow and grieving all living plays to deaths agony who's expectation give reprieve as forever a life brings endless belief that eternity grants no longing for ones love lost by times song and distance closes with out convaeing hope that passion will come again as a lost souls found and then new life stays but it ends with out sound, death all around with no heart to gain the day then who wants to live forever any way
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
i play QB and when we get warmed up we always here this lol
Follow for follow (Read my bio please)
Cool!
I dont know what fascist means but i still dont believe it fudge you rolling stone magazine
pooh_bear333
WE WILL ROCK YOU reminds of 6th grade cheerleading .
Show more

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[85, 103, 125, 68, 83, 65, 113, 67, 76, 104, 84, 77, 89, 95, 101, 106, 70, 92, 127, 100, 85, 105, 121, 94, 80, 121, 99, 91, 110, 64, 122, 101, 112, 70, 81, 92, 93, 79, 65, 124, 67, 99, 92, 68, 70, 90, 119, 88, 82, 80, 81, 71, 69, 94, 112, 116, 86, 108, 98, 81, 80, 81, 94, 101, 77, 73, 124, 68, 116, 93, 89, 100, 81, 92, 90, 115, 64, 127, 68, 85, 97, 108, 115, 110, 116, 76, 115, 69, 74, 79, 99, 123, 80, 78, 66, 112, 127, 109, 85, 118, 110, 70, 82, 106, 121, 113, 82, 119, 100, 92, 120, 74, 75, 96, 104, 75, 127, 107, 120, 76, 118, 70, 70, 65, 84, 80, 103, 120, 111, 91, 117, 108, 96, 68, 98, 93, 99, 100, 107, 71, 127, 77, 96, 81, 117, 65, 110, 117, 93, 78, 79, 66, 109, 87, 99, 123, 79, 74, 73, 109, 95, 66, 88, 90, 127, 64, 79, 116, 117, 119, 65, 86, 126, 69, 69, 125, 106, 90, 126, 72, 70, 80, 102, 121, 123, 90, 68, 124, 86, 87, 96, 107, 126, 113, 78, 126, 112, 113, 121, 73, 121, 118, 124, 77, 98, 101, 125, 113, 97, 87, 103, 111, 84, 102, 120, 71, 99, 64, 66, 76, 102, 99, 108, 121, 71, 81, 115, 108, 101, 88, 78, 117, 97, 65, 74, 77, 119, 66, 90, 88, 73, 89, 121, 122, 69, 83, 115, 99, 81, 82, 72, 116, 108, 85, 98, 71, 103, 96, 124, 119, 102, 68, 74, 113, 76, 77, 94, 79, 87, 118, 68, 104, 65, 90, 97, 92, 115, 126, 127, 68, 89, 72, 108, 124, 111, 76, 108, 123, 100, 72, 122, 79, 105, 120, 114, 78, 105, 83, 78, 71, 104, 91, 120, 72, 83, 75, 72, 121, 116, 116, 72, 64, 107, 89, 68, 65, 73, 100, 65, 118, 98, 127, 70, 125, 89, 86, 79, 106, 100, 78, 121, 112, 105, 87, 113, 122, 99, 113, 98, 84, 107, 67, 97, 103, 87, 100, 64, 115, 117, 76, 81, 115, 89, 64, 90, 87, 98, 111, 101, 76, 106, 85, 78, 78, 127, 79, 117, 117, 91, 68, 69, 83, 65, 71, 109, 89, 68, 79, 67, 109, 116, 99, 84, 85, 105, 69, 81, 82, 119, 84, 116, 117, 117, 69, 85, 94, 72, 106, 79, 118, 77, 83, 112, 97, 85, 75, 96, 101, 117, 127, 77, 127, 75, 102, 91, 86, 101, 100, 87, 72, 89, 83, 100, 87, 120, 83, 93, 64, 114, 123, 102, 71, 80, 94, 90, 105, 74, 95, 71, 90, 64, 74, 79, 70, 77, 102, 83, 95, 119, 105, 127, 95, 82, 110, 75, 65, 74, 101, 111, 71, 96, 68, 72, 127, 83, 121, 105, 107, 87, 67, 104, 93, 89, 64, 98, 120, 66, 77, 66, 67, 67, 85, 77, 102, 126, 126, 89, 116, 114, 81, 96, 77, 65, 83, 80, 115, 116, 107, 125, 106, 106, 70, 104, 124, 77, 108, 98, 69, 95, 109, 124, 100]