10 Iconic Queen Songs That Rarely Make it to the Radio Waves

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Queen, the quintessential rock band, boasts a discography that goes far beyond the widely known radio hits. Delving into the depths of their musical journey reveals a treasure trove of songs that, while not commonly heard on the airwaves, are unparalleled masterpieces in their own right. Let’s explore these hidden gems in all their intricate glory.

1. Liar

From their debut album released in 1973, “Liar” emerges as a prime example of Queen’s early experimentation. Clocking in at six minutes, the song is a sonic adventure, blending Freddie Mercury’s raw and emotive vocals with Brian May’s distinctive guitar tones. The track’s dynamic shifts, from soulful verses to powerful crescendos, showcase the band’s evolving musicality and unbridled energy.


2. Father To Son

Queen II, released in 1974, marked a significant leap in Queen’s artistic evolution. “Father To Son,” the second track of this album, stands as a testament to their ambitious vision. The song unfolds like a grand theatrical performance, complete with intricate guitar melodies, dramatic chord progressions, and Freddie Mercury’s commanding vocals. It serves as a precursor to their later magnum opuses, offering a glimpse into the band’s future sonic explorations.


3. Tenement Funster

From the critically acclaimed Sheer Heart Attack album (1974), “Tenement Funster” is a rock’n’roll gem that captures the essence of the era. Roger Taylor takes the lead vocals, infusing the track with effortless coolness. The song’s infectious energy, driven by John Deacon’s pulsating basslines and Taylor’s dynamic drumming, creates a vibrant atmosphere that resonates with the rebellious spirit of the ’70s.


4. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)

In the realm of experimentalism, “She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)” from Sheer Heart Attack (1974) stands out as a unique creation. Brian May’s unconventional composition, characterized by hazy and hypnotic strumming, paints an ethereal musical landscape. May’s fractured vocal delivery adds to the song’s enigmatic allure, making it a fascinating departure from their signature style.


5. Sweet Lady

Amidst the grandeur of A Night At The Opera (1975), “Sweet Lady” emerges as a raw and gritty anthem. Brian May’s electrifying guitar riffs, coupled with Freddie Mercury’s passionate vocals, create a powerful synergy. The track’s straightforward rock sound, adorned with May’s legendary guitar work, establishes it as a hidden classic that balances the album’s opulence with unfiltered intensity.


6. Drowse

From A Day At The Races (1976), “Drowse” takes listeners on a nostalgic journey. Roger Taylor’s laid-back vocals, accompanied by soothing acoustic guitar arrangements, evoke a sense of tranquility. The lyrics, reflecting on past memories and simpler times, resonate with listeners on a deeply emotional level. The track’s serene atmosphere stands as a testament to Queen’s ability to craft intimate and introspective compositions.


7. Put Out The Fire

Hot Space (1982) is often remembered as Queen’s ‘disco’ album, but “Put Out The Fire” defies such categorization. Brian May’s thunderous guitar riffs and Freddie Mercury’s impassioned vocals transform this track into a potent anti-gun anthem. The song’s impactful message, combined with May’s signature guitar artistry, creates a riveting listening experience, showcasing the band’s unwavering social consciousness.


8. Tear It Up

In the midst of the ’80s, a decade marked by evolving musical landscapes, “Tear It Up” (from The Works, 1984) emerges as a testament to Queen’s enduring rock prowess. The track’s near-metal riff, coupled with Freddie Mercury’s bullish vocal performance, captures the band’s unyielding energy. In a period where pop influences were creeping in, “Tear It Up” stands as a testament to Queen’s ability to infuse raw power into their music, reaffirming their rock legacy.


9. Innuendo

The title track of their final studio album, released in 1991, “Innuendo” is a six-and-a-half-minute opus that showcases Queen’s musical virtuosity. The song’s expansive structure seamlessly incorporates diverse musical elements, including echoes of Kashmir, flamenco music, and progressive rock madness. Freddie Mercury’s operatic vocals, coupled with Brian May’s intricate guitar work, create a majestic sonic tapestry. “Innuendo” is a testament to the band’s artistic maturity and their willingness to explore complex musical territories.


10. It’s Late

Buried within the tracklist of News Of The World (1977), “It’s Late” stands as a testament to Queen’s prowess in crafting intense and emotionally charged compositions. The song’s tension-filled atmosphere, driven by Freddie Mercury’s impassioned vocals and Brian May’s electrifying guitar riff, creates a palpable sense of urgency. Roger Taylor’s powerful drumming adds depth to the track, elevating it to the status of a masterpiece. “It’s Late” isn’t just a forgotten song; it’s a testament to Queen’s ability to evoke profound emotions through their music.

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