Queen are a divisive band. For every music fan who loves their brand of flamboyant rock there’s another who finds them gratingly melodramatic or indulgent.
Whatever your personal take on their music, you can’t deny Queen’s success. Their hit albums and singles span more than two decades and the first of their three Greatest Hits collections is the UK’s best selling album of all time.
Plus, no one can suggest that their songs haven’t stood the test of time. In 1992, Mike Myers' hit film about rock fan Wayne Campbell introduced Queen’s music to a whole new generation.
Over two decades later, Queen were able to return the favour. Myers’ cameo in their biopic Bohemian Rhapsody had younger cinema goers asking, “It’s a reference to what? What’s a Wayne’s World?”
That same film became the highest grossing biographical movie of all time. More proof of the band’s enduring appeal.
The songs on this list offer ten compelling explanations for the band’s popularity. Of course, for a band with such an extensive and varied back catalogue, any list of their “best” songs will provoke as many snorts of derision as nods of approval. Which is probably how the band would want it.
Chris Chopping is a writer, podcaster and stand up comedian. He’s 34 and still dreaming of a Diamond Dallas Page style later-life entry into the wrestling business. Eats too many carbs for that though. Follow him @MrChrisChopping on Twitter.