The 10 Worst Queen Songs
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.
Still from "Bohemian Rhapsody"
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.