Top 10 lesser known Queen songs of the 1970s

 

 

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Nevermore (from 1974’s Queen II)
(Piano ballad from their early prog rock phase. About a break up. Short but affecting)

 

 

 

Father To Son (from 1974’s Queen II)
(As with 1978’s Leaving Home Ain’t Easy, another song most can identify with on some level)

 

 

 

 

Tenement Funster (from 1974’s Sheer Heart Attack)
(Sung by Roger Taylor, about youth and rebellion)

 

 

 

 

 

I’m In Love With My Car (from 1975’s A Night at the Opera)
(Another Roger Taylor contribution. For all those car enthusiasts. The chorus is unforgettable)

 

 

 

 

 

You Take My Breath Away (from 1976’s A Day at the Races)
(A melancholy ballad, describing love out of reach. The piano section is especially haunting)

 

 

 

 

 

Long Away (from 1976’s A Day at the Races)
(The first lines “You might believe in heaven, I would not care to say” put into words Brian May’s agnosticism and uncertainty of God and the afterlife. About mourning the death of someone, and the mourner who is comforted)

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Late (from 1977’s News Of The World)
(May shines on guitar. First heard this one on a car journey late one evening and the optimistic message I found inspiring. The we’ll-get-through-this approach to songwriting would become a go-to (some might say clichéed) formula in the second half of Queen’s career)

 

 

 

 

 

Get Down, Make Love (from 1977’s News Of The World)
(Simultaneously raunchy and catchy)

 

 

 

 

 

Dead On Time (from 1978’s Jazz)
(A fast paced, Led Zeppelin-like hard rock. Put this on to speed up your morning routine)

 

 

 

 

 

Fun It (from 1978’s Jazz)
(I love the riff. Criminally underrated. Has been dismissed by some as an inferior version of Another One Bites the Dust. I hear a bit of 80s Prince in the musicianship)

 

 

 

 

Honorable mention:

 

39 (from 1975’s A Night at the Opera)
(About a search for a planet to colonise. The connection to Nolan’s movie apparently is a real thing. Even the gap between album and film is 39 years!)

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think? As always, comments are welcome

17 thoughts on “Top 10 lesser known Queen songs of the 1970s

  1. Interesting selection. I’m not sure I’d have chosen any of those, except maybe It’s Late. They all bring back fond memories of a misspent youth listening to those albums though.

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      1. Definitely 39. Seaside rendezvous, Spread Your Wings, All Dead, Flick of the Wrist, Bring Back Leroy Brown, If You Can’t Beat Them…

        I’m presuming Brighton Rock, Death On Two Legs, Let Me Entertain You, Keep Yourself Alive at al are too well-known for inclusion, despite not being hits.

        Still, I liked your list BECAUSE it was different from my own obvious choices. Made me want to go back and listen to some of those lesser known tracks again.

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    1. @Rol: Happy you liked my not-so-obvious choices! To be clear, I picked any album tracks that weren’t a single. As with “She Makes Me [Stormtrooper In Stilettos]” , “All Dead, All Dead” is almost like a Beatles song, I overlooked that one. Death On Two Legs and 39 were just outside my top 10. Brighton Rock I enjoy for the guitar solo.

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  2. I love “I’m In Love with My Car”. Roger Taylor has an underrated singing voice as I also love what he does with some of the vocal harmonies as I think his harmonies are crucial to the Queen sound.

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  3. I’m taking “lesser known” to mean anything that’s not on Greatest Hits I:
    My Fairy Queen
    White Queen (As It Began)
    March of the Black Queen
    Funny How Love Is
    Brighton Rock
    Death on Two Legs
    ’39
    Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)
    Fight From The Inside
    It’s Late

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    1. @Aphoristical: Yes, anything that wasn’t a single I’m counting. Queen II is an underappreciated album and with not many weaknesses. March of the Black Queen is technically impressive though I don’t think I’d play it often as the harmonies are so hitch-pitched. Prefer White Queen (As It Began).
      I love the guitar solo on Brighton Rock, again I’m not a big fan of the vocal, Mercury sounds like he’s imitating a female voice.
      Death on Two Legs, 39, and It’s Late I like quite a lot.

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    1. @Brittani: No shame in loving their 80s pop hits. 70s Queen can be over-the-top on first listen, but once I got into the albums I could appreciate their style and experiments.

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    1. @jeremyjames: Odd as I linked to the official videos from the Queen channel and there’s no problem my end. A Canadian visitor once couldn’t play tracks I shared, so probably the region you are in. Cool you can use Apple instead.

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