17 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Greatest Hits covers the full spectrum of their Queen’s, from the explicitly throbbing “Body Language” to “We Will Rock You,” the song for which the term “arena rock” was invented. Many of these songs showcase the oppositional relationship that was at Queen’s core; the preening vocals of Freddie Mercury meeting the muscular guitar riffs of Brian May. Those forces were never better matched than in “Killer Queen” and “Now I’m Here,” which show what it would sound like were bikers to infiltrate the King’s College Coir. Greatest Hits captures the group’s mercurial personality in every shade. While the Seventies presented lots of great bands with indefinable styles, no one but Queen could pull off “Bicycle Race,” a thunderous anthem about the joys of bike riding.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Greatest Hits covers the full spectrum of their Queen’s, from the explicitly throbbing “Body Language” to “We Will Rock You,” the song for which the term “arena rock” was invented. Many of these songs showcase the oppositional relationship that was at Queen’s core; the preening vocals of Freddie Mercury meeting the muscular guitar riffs of Brian May. Those forces were never better matched than in “Killer Queen” and “Now I’m Here,” which show what it would sound like were bikers to infiltrate the King’s College Coir. Greatest Hits captures the group’s mercurial personality in every shade. While the Seventies presented lots of great bands with indefinable styles, no one but Queen could pull off “Bicycle Race,” a thunderous anthem about the joys of bike riding.

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