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Brian May’s Top Picks: A Collection of Freddie Mercury’s Favorite Songs

Queen’s dominance atop the pop-rock hierarchy seems boundless, with the band, featuring the enchanting Freddie Mercury, the astrophysicist Brian May on guitar, the unstoppable John Deacon on bass, and the crowd-rousing rhythm master Roger Taylor on drums, maintaining their status as one of the world’s most commercially successful groups.

Over the decades, Queen consistently delivered projects that captivated their audience, from record-making to theatrical and movie productions. While their stage performances were always theatrical, it’s the enduring quality of their songs that will eternally define the quartet.

While “Bohemian Rhapsody” rightfully stands as one of the greatest pop songs ever, Queen’s catalog extends far beyond. Tracks like “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and “Somebody To Love” exemplify the band’s ability to transcend genres, solidifying themselves as a universal pop act capable of uniting crowds in joyous harmony.

Each member of the band contributed some of their most beloved work. Taylor wrote “Radio Ga Ga,” Deacon penned “You’re My Best Friend,” and Brian May composed the timeless anthem “We Will Rock You.” In a conversation with Louder Sound, May shared his favorite songs from Queen’s iconic frontman, Freddie Mercury.

“Freddie would occasionally write fast,” May revealed. “But most of the time, he’d go home, scheme and scheme, and come back with ideas written all over a pad of his dad’s notepaper. He’d spend time developing these ideas.”

May then highlighted some of his personal favorites: “One of the last songs he wrote, ‘A Winter’s Tale,’ was composed while he sat gazing at the mountains on the other side of Lake Geneva. He could hear it all in his head, even though he didn’t have any musical instruments with him.”

“I remember him coming into the studio and saying, ‘I’ve got this idea… just give me a few minutes.’ Then he brought it to life,” May shared. “It’s a beautiful track, actually.”

“Another favorite,” he continued, “is ‘The Miracle,’ which possesses an incredible lightness. I’d say my favorite Freddie song to play is ‘We Are The Champions’—still. No matter how many times I’ve played it, it always elicits something profound. It’s one of those songs that, even if the winds are blowing in the wrong direction, still sounds good.”

Brian May’s favourite Freddie Mercury songs:

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