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Queen Best Songs
Queen Top Five Songs
Queen Top Ten Songs
Queen Top Twenty-Five Songs
Queen Best-Selling Songs


by Michael R. Burch

#1 Bohemian Rhapsody
#2 Who Wants to Live Forever?
#3 Somebody to Love
#4 Crazy Little Thing Called Love
#5 Innuendo
#6 The Show Must Go On
#7 Don't Stop Me Now
#8 Killer Queen
#9 Another One Bites the Dust
#10 We Are the Champions / We Will Rock You
#11 Under Pressure (with David Bowie)
#12 Radio Ga-Ga
#13 I Want to Break Free
#14 I Want It All
#15 I'm Going Slightly Mad / Save Me
#16 Keep Yourself Alive / Hammer to Fall
#17 Love of My Life
#18 Play the Game / It's a Hard Life
#19 One Vision
#20 Miracle / A Kind of Magic
#21 Flash (Flash's Theme)
#22 Stone Cold Crazy
#23 You're My Best Friend
#24 Tie Your Mother Down
#25 Bicycle Race / Fat-Bottomed Girls

Honorable Mention: It's Late, Headlong, In the Lap of the Gods Revisited, Too Much Love Will Kill You, The Invisible Man, Heaven for Everyone, Scandal, Flick of the Wrist, Friends Will Be Friends, Spread Your Wings, (In the Year of) '39, Brighton Rock, These Are the Days of Our Lives, The Prophet Song, March of the Black Queen, White Queen, I'm in Love with My Car, Now I'm Here, (You're My) Best Friend, Liar, Get Down Make Love, Seaside Rendezvous, Tear It Up, Sheer Heart Attack, Death on Two Legs, Seven Seas of Rhye, Father to Son, Ogre Battle, Great King Rat, These Are the Days of Our Lives, Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon, Sweet Lady, Good Company, God Save the Queen, Princes of the Universe, Break Free, Can't Stop Me Now, The Hero, I Go Crazy, Funny How Love Is, Long Away, Dragon Attack, Barcelona, Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy, Breakthru

According to the certified unit sales figures published by Wikipedia, Queen has sold more records than the Rolling Stones, U2, ABBA, the Eagles, Aerosmith, Genesis, the Bee Gees, the Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac and Bon Jovi. The only bands with more units sold than Queen are the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and AC/DC. That's pretty heady company to keep.
 
In the UK, Queen is second only to the Beatles with 12.8 million singles sold and Queen's Greatest Hits compilation is the UKs best-selling album of all time.
 
The Beatles and Queen are the only bands to have multiple singles with 6.5 million or more unit sales. Queen's mega-selling singles are "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Another One Bites the Dust."
 
In 2000 "Bohemian Rhapsody" came in second to John Lennon's "Imagine" in a Channel 4 television poll of "The 100 Best Number Ones." In 2002 it was named the top British single of all time by the Guinness Book of Records. As of 2004, "Bohemian Rhapsody" was the second-most-played song on British radio, in clubs and on jukeboxes collectively, after Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale." A 2012 ITV nationwide poll named the song "The Nation's Favourite Number One" over 60 years of music. A Rolling Stone reader poll named "Bohemian Rhapsody" the best vocal performance in rock history. A Planet Rock poll named "Bohemian Rhapsody" the second-best rock song of all time, after "Stairway to Heaven." According to a Watch and Listen poll, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the greatest song in the history of music, ahead of "Imagine" and Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." According a poll conducted by the UK Charts Company, after nearly 190,000 votes, "Bohemian Rhapsody" was number one, followed by "Imagine," "Hey Jude" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
 
When asked if "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the best of Queen's recordings, Brian May responded: "Who knows? It's certainly had the biggest effect on the greatest number of people around the world."
 
Queen -- Singles -- Highest Chart Position Worldwide per Wikipedia
 
Year HCP  Title (Notes)
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1973  #89  "Keep Yourself Alive" (US#89)
1974   ---   "Liar"
1974  #10  "Seven Seas of Rhye" (UK#10)
1974    #2  "Killer Queen" / "Flick of the Wrist"  (UK: Silver, UK#2)
1975  #11  "Now I'm Here" (UK#11)
1975   ---   "Lily of the Valley"
1975    #1  "Bohemian Rhapsody"  (UK: Triple Platinum, US Quadruple Platinum, UK#1, Billboard #2)
1976    #3  "You're My Best Friend" (IRE#3, UK#7, US#9)
1976    #1  "Somebody to Love" (NL#1, UK#2, US#9)
1977  #10  "Tie Your Mother Down" (NL#10)
1977  #17  "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" (UK#17)
1977   ---   "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)"
1977   ---   "Long Away"
1977    #1  "We Are the Champions" / "We Will Rock You"  (UK: Gold, US: Platinum, FRA#1, UK#2, US#3)
1978  #26  "Spread Your Wings" (NL#26, GER#29, UK#34)
1978  #66  "It's Late" (US#66)
1978    #5  "Bicycle Race" / "Fat Bottomed Girls"  (UK: Silver, NL#5, IRE#10, UK#11)
1979    #9  "Don't Stop Me Now"  (UK: Gold, US: Gold, UK#9, IRE#10, NL#16)
1979   ---  "Jealousy"
1979   ---  "Mustapha"
1979  #63  "Love of My Life (Live)" (UK#63)
1979   ---   "We Will Rock You (Live)"
1979    #1  "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (UK: Gold, US: Gold, Billboard #1, NL#1, AUS#1, UK#2)
1980    #6  "Save Me" (NL#6, IRE#8, FRA#10, UK#11)
1980    #8  "Play the Game" (SWI#8, IRE#9, NL#10, UK#14)
1980    #1  "Another One Bites the Dust" (US: Platinum, Billboard #1, NZ#2)
1980  #44  "Need Your Loving Tonight" (US#44)
1980    #1  "Flash" (UK: Silver, AUT#1, GER#3, FRA#5)
1981    #1  "Under Pressure" with David Bowie (UK: Silver, UK#1, NL#2, IRE#2)
1982    #4  "Body Language" (NL#4, US#11)
1982  #10  "Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)" (IRE#10, SWI#13)
1982  #60  "Calling All Girls" (US#60)
1982   ---  "Staying Power"
1982    #3  "Back Chat" (FRA#3)
1984    #1  "Radio Ga Ga"  (UK: Silver, FRA#1, IRE#1, UK#2)
1984    #1  "I Want to Break Free" (UK: Silver, NL#1, AUT#1, IRE#2, UK#3)
1984    #2  "It's a Hard Life" (IRE#2, UK#6)
1984  #10  "Hammer to Fall" (IRE#10, UK#13)
1984    #8  "Thank God It's Christmas" (IRE#8, UK#21)
1985    #5  "One Vision" (IRE#5, UK#7)
1986    #3  "A Kind of Magic" (BRA: Platinum, UK#3, IRE#4, SWI#4, FRA#5, NL#5, GER#6)
1986  #32  "Princes of the Universe" (AUS#32)
1986    #4  "Friends Will Be Friends" (IRE#4, UK#14)
1986  #43  "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" (NL#43, GER#56)
1986    #5  "Who Wants to Live Forever" (FRA#5, NL#6, IRE#15, UK#24)
1986  #56  "One Year of Love" (FRA#56)
1989    #2  "I Want It All" (UK: Silver, NL#2, UK#3, IRE#3, NZ#3, SWI#8))
1989    #6  "Breakthru" (IRE#6, NL#6, UK#7)
1989    #1  "The Invisible Man" (FRA#1, NL#6, IRE#10, UK#12)
1989  #12  "Scandal" (NL#12, IRE#14, UK#25)
1989  #16  "The Miracle" (NL#16, UK#21, IRE#23)
1991    #1  "Innuendo" (UK: Silver, UK#1, SWI#3, IRE#4, NL#4)
1991  #19  "I'm Going Slightly Mad" (IRE#19, NL#20, UK#22)
1991  #14  "Headlong" (UK#14, IRE#25, NL#43)
1991    #2  "The Show Must Go On" (US: Gold, FRA: Gold, FRA#2, NL#6, GER#7)
1991    #1  "Bohemian Rhapsody" / "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (UK: Platinum, UK#1, IRE#1, NL#1, US#2)
1992    #6  "Who Wants to Live Forever" / "Friends Will Be Friends" (NL#6, SWI#36)
1992    #9  "We Will Rock You" (Live) / "We Are the Champions" (Live) (NL#9)
1992  #14  "We Are the Champions" / "We Will Rock You" (Re-release) (FRA#14, US#52)
1995    #2  "Heaven for Everyone" (UK: Silver, FRA: Silver, UK#2, NL#2, AUT#4, IRE#7, FRA#8))
1995    #6  "A Winter's Tale" (UK#6, NL#16, IRE#23, AUT#23)
1996   ---   "I Was Born to Love You"
1996  #15  "Too Much Love Will Kill You" (UK#15, IRE#28)
1996    #9  "Let Me Live" (UK#9, NL#28, GER#67)
1996  #14  "You Don't Fool Me" (FRA#14, UK#17, NL#22, IRE#23, AUT#23)
1997  #13  "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" / "Tie Your Mother Down" (UK#13, NL#33, GER#75)
1998  #10  "We Are the Champions" (FRA#10)
1999  #14  "Under Pressure (Rah Mix)" with David Bowie (UK#145, NL#21)
2000  #45  "Princes of the Universe" (NL#45)
2003  #10  "We Will Rock You" (FRA#10, SWI#49, GER#69)
2003  #48  "Another One Bites the Dust" / "We Will Rock You" (FRA#48)

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