We have narrowed down our top five songs performed by Queen at the Hungarian – Live in Budapest concert in July of 1986. Although it is no doubt Queen has countless hits, we just think these songs deserve another round of applause. So put on your best Freddie Mercury impersonation and turn up these legendary hits by Queen!
Stomp, stomp, clap, stomp, stomp, clap. Released in 1977, “We Will Rock You” is the anthem of a rock generation. You still hear this classic beat echoed at sporting events, in commercials, and with the release of the Bohemian Rhapsody film, Queen has managed to maintain the attention of the masses. It has even earned the recognition of the Academy® earning five Osar® nominations in 2019. Brian May was inspired to write the “We Will Rock You” rhythm because it’s easy to chant along to, and it strikes a sense of unity with the audience and the band. May recalls the night the rhythm came to him, “I went to sleep and woke with ‘We Will Rock You’ in my head. When you’re at a show, you can hardly move, but you can stomp your feet and chant and clap and lead us.”
There was no stopping Freddie Mercury once he got on stage, “jacking the mic from the rest of the world,” as Mike Orne from Stylus Magazine said it. “Don’t Stop Me Now” speaks to the hedonism and promiscuity that Freddie Mercury is known for. Written by Freddie Mercury himself, and released in 1979 as a single, “Don’t Stop Me Now” is arguably one of Queen’s most underrated songs.
Featured on the group’s eighth studio album, The Game, “Another One Bites the Dust” is a worldwide hit that spent fifteen consecutive weeks on the Billboard top ten in 1980. Written by bass guitarist John Deacon, “Another One Bites The Dust” was heavily influenced by Michael Jackson as he told lead singer Freddie Mercury, “Freddie, you need a song that cats can dance to,” according to Freddie Mercury on an interview regarding the album release. So once the song was finished they played the track for Michael and he put his stamp of approval on it. And so, another hit was born!
“We Are The Champions” was released simultaneously with “We Will Rock You” in 1977 on the News of the World album. Both songs emulate the true meaning of “arena rock” where the audience is encouraged to sing along. The idea for “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” was after A Day at the Races Tour, which was held at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England. “We did an encore and then went off, and instead of just keeping clapping, they sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ to us, and we were just completely knocked out and taken aback – it was quite an emotional experience really, and I think these chant things are in some way connected with that,” Brian May said in regards writing the rock classics.
The last song on our Top Five Songs from the Hungarian Rhapsody concert Live in Budapest is “Bohemian Rhapsody,” obviously! “Bohemian Rhapsody” is featured on the 1975 A Night at the Opera album. It is a six-minute song containing several sections without a chorus: an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock part, and a reflective coda. Not only did the song stay at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and sell millions of copies by the end of January 1976, but “Bohemian Rhapsody” has 1.6 billion downloads and counting from on-demand streaming devices. Long live the Queen!
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