31 Days of Music - Queen - Greatest Hits #tinychallenges

There are some bands where you just can’t pick a song or an album, and Queen heads that list. Maybe its weak-sauce picking all three greatest hits albums, but hey, its my blog and if you don’t like it, you probably should find some other part of the internet on which to loiter.

I’m sure that I heard Queen for many years before I really locked into them. While I can’t pick out which song it was that first really stuck, there are a few that definitely made an impact on me.

Bohemian Rhapsody… yes, it was Wayne’s World that really made this track special to me, but I quickly learned to love it for itself. During one of my high school chorale’s fall shows, we covered this track with dance numbers and everything. It was awesome to have a choir director who liked great music, too.

Princes of the Universe… Yes, I look back on it now and the Highlander series, especially anything that isn’t the original movie is exceedingly dumb. That doesn’t mean that I don’t still love some dumb stuff. This is not in any way one of their better songs, but my friends and I just couldn’t get enough once the movie became a thing we knew about (probably 5-6 years after it actually came out).

Don’t Stop Me Now… Its an unconventional pick, and yet another that I first heard in a movie, but this is by far my favorite song by Queen. Is it their best song? Not even close. Yet for some reason, this one just fits. There is such a driving melody that sweeps me up and carries me on to a wonderful place every time it gets played.
I’m burnin’ through the sky yeah
Two hundred degrees
That’s why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
I’m trav'ling at the speed of light
I wanna make a supersonic woman of you
But for those of you who know me well, Freddie’s teeth still freak me out whenever I see them. Its not fair to tag him with the meme of British bad teeth since he immigrated there as a teenager, but man, dude could have used some braces. Just don’t look at me when you’re singing, Freddie.

Joking aside, the world lost a great one when he passed away so young. I cannot imagine the music that they would have made had he lived. The last 25 years have not been as musically rich as they should have been.