Monday, October 30, 2006

Random Top Ten

Random Top Ten!!

Top Ten Queen Songs

10. "The Prophet's Song" - A deep cut off of A Night at the Opera that indulges in a delightfully excessive multi-tracked a capella round in the middle of the song.

9. "Another One Bites the Dust" - In the top five bass lines ever, no?

8. "Who Wants to Live Forever?" - It's Queen, Broadway style!

7. "Ogre Battle" - A deep cut off of Queen II that rocks as hard as anything they've ever done, with a great speed-riff from May.

6. "Under Pressure" - Come to think of it, Queen has two songs in the top five bass lines ever.

5. "Innuendo" - A late-addition to the list of epic, somewhat schizophrenic Queen songs. A great driving synth-and-guitar riff defines the main section, while the delicate acoustic middle is highlighted by some blistering flamenco-style fretwork.

4. "Somebody to Love" - Queen-as-gospel band. Love that run at the end.

3. "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions" - I'm actually somewhat bored by this combo by know, given how remarkably overplayed it is, but that's hardly the song's fault.

2. "Show Must Go On" - Freddie Mercury's dying wail of anger and defiance. A man who knows death is near, and singing like it.

1. "Bohemian Rhapsody" - Well, duh.

Until Whenever


Roger Owen Green said...

"Another One Bites the Dust - In the top five bass lines ever, no?
YES! Don't know Queen much, beyond the greatest hits. Your recommendation of albums would be interesting.

Tosy And Cosh said...

For my money (and I don't have all their albums, but most) A Night at the Opera and Innuendo are the two to get. A Night at the Opera was their third disc, and in addition to the now immortal Bohemian Rhapsody, it's got some real keepers. The selection is a strange mix - there's old-timey music hall-sounding things, straight-ahead dumb rock, a couple of epic songs, sweet pop, and tender ballads. Innuendo, their last album, is drenched in defiant fatality, recorded as it was deep into Mercury's illness. The could-have-been-sappy "Those Were the Days" is greatly redeemed by the knoledge that it's wistful reminisscing is that of a dying man.