The 10 Worst Queen Songs

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Still from "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Although Queen has remained hugely popular worldwide for over four decades, the band's albums have always proved rather spotty. As a matter of fact, it can be especially challenging to make it through any of Queen's 14 studio efforts. For every great song ("You're My Best Friend," "39," "Sheer Heart Attack," among others), there are five pretentious clunkers.

Ever since frontman Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991, the remaining members have shuffled in several guest vocalists to keep alive those memories from Queen's '70s heyday. Seeing that the Adam Lambert version of Queen plays tonight at the American Airlines Center, here ten of the worst songs from the band's storied (but sometimes frustrating) career.


1. Bohemian Rhapsody
The most recognizable Queen song is easily the worst. Hell, the original band didn't even do the whole song live, choosing instead to leave the stage as a taped version provided all the pseudo operatic nonsense. Listening to the version on the truly terrible concert 1979 album Live Killers is an embarrassment for both the band and the listeners.


2 & 3. Fat Bottomed Girls/Bicycle Race
This double-sided single was the bane of my existence in 1978. From Jazz, one of Queen's worst albums, both songs represent the antithesis of real rock and roll. "Fat Bottomed Girls" is the more grievous in that it disguises its misogyny under a distinguishable blues-rock guitar riff. "Bicycle Race" is just plain stupid. A horrible mix of vaudeville-inspired rock and pretentious, a cappella nonsense, this song is a disgrace to two-wheelers everywhere.


4 & 5. We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions
From the decent News of the World album, this double single started out with something akin to a Nazi army march and ended with an overblown anthem to winning at all costs. "We are the Champions" is still sung by eighth grade football teams across the country and that should tell you all you need to know.


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14 comments
pajamadancer
pajamadancer

Um... Freddie was bisexual.  He both girlfriends and boyfriends.

skeeterskier1
skeeterskier1

This may be the worst article about music that I've ever read.

Sometimes a person's opinion is just plain wrong.

sherilenoir
sherilenoir

3 simple ways to get attention when you have nothing to say!!


1. pick something everyone loves, the best things are institutions, go to songs and dead musicians. (because the dead can't sue)


2. criticize, criticize, criticize!

Even if it doesn't make sense, it will get attention.


3. mix, repeat!

Observer is awesome at this, recently the doors where listed as awful musicians and now queen. Way to go Observer! 

bels62
bels62

Your crazier than a shit house rat half those are classics the worst song ever by Queen is another one bites the dust that didn't even make your shitty list.

jennycritter
jennycritter

I hope Darryl Smyers didn't go to the concert, six of the ten songs listed here were performed and they were fabulous. If you don't like gay, or nostalgic song from childhood or sports... don't go. Just don't go. If you are like me and enjoy Queen, as well as Adam Lambert.. you will be thoroughly entertained. I was moved to tears several times.I would venture to say that perhaps some of these songs are over played, but Worst songs? I think album sales beg to differ on some of these. There is something bitter about this article. A guy sitting behind us during the concert had to bad mouth Adam Lambert (I think because he thought it made him sound critical and intelligent,but it didn't. He sounded like a spoiled child wanting to sound smart just like the... essence of this artical. Only 5 comments before my post here. I don't think it got a lot of readers. I'm wishing I didn't read it and I'm wondering why I'm spending my time writing this, but hey... why not? 

smh42
smh42

How ‘bout if we just ask the Observer to let **YOUR** column go, Darryl Smyers?Queen’s record sales estimates range from 150 million to 300 million records.How exactly is that “spotty?”Not saying that their music or even all these songs are everyone’s cup of tea, but get your facts straight and show some respect.

Queen released 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs.They also received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.Let’s see you match that and THEN you can trash them all you want and throw around words like “pretentious, shitty and stupid.”

In the meantime, someone at the Observer should toss you a packet of tissues to wipe behind your ears...You’re dripping.

Mervis
Mervis

But Fat Bottom Girls do make the Rockin World go round.

rock5452
rock5452

EVERY queer song ever written is the worst...Their "noise' aka music sucks harder than their lead queer on a Saturday night to drunken homeless men on his corner...

jennycritter
jennycritter

@rock5452 methinks you are a troll espousing bigotry to get a rise out of people. "Off with his head!" and by that I mean both!



nd68
nd68

@rock5452 Offensive, yet, not funny. I hope there are some lovely parting gifts for you. 

rock5452
rock5452

@jennycritter @rock5452 methinks you are a rug munching bull dyke that opens the hole in your head only to spew out loads of hot steaming crap....

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