Queen’s Mark on the World

By Sabrina Solla, Matthew Jones and Benjamin Rabinowitz
MAR 1, 2019

“Twenty years after they stole the show at the original Live Aid concert…  Queen [have] been crowned the most popular UK band of all time.” stated Owen Gibson, media correspondent for The Guardian.

According to the QueenOnline.com website, in 1971, in London, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, decided to create their own band after they had been in many bands together. During the same year, vocalist and pianist Freddie Mercury became their lead singer. March 1, 1971, John Deacon, bass guitarist, completed the band. From the day the band formed until 1973, the only gigs they could get were at clubs and college pubs.

After three long years, in early 1973 they finally signed with EMI Records. On July 13, 1973, the band released their first album, which they named Queen. At the start of 1974, they launched their first UK headlining tour. Between 1973 and 1995, they released a new album every year.


Name of Album Release Date Music Charts Listings
Queen July 13, 1973
Queen ii March 8, 1974 Reached number five on the British album chart and became the first Queen album to chart in the UK and went gold in the US.
Sheer Heart Attack November 8,1974 First Queen album to hit the U.S. top 20 and continued to be on the top 20 in 1975.
A Night at the Opera November 21, 1975 Charted the UK Albums Chart for four non-consecutive weeks. It peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart and became the band’s first Platinum-selling album in the US. The worldwide sales for the album are over six million copies.
A Day at the Races December 10, 1976 #1 in the UK, Japan and the Netherlands. It reached #5 on the US Billboard 200 and was Queen’s fifth album to ship gold in the US.
News of the World October 28, 1977 The album subsequently went four times platinum in the United States, and achieved high certifications around the world.
Jazz November 10, 1978 It reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart and #6 on the US Billboard 200. It sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
Live Killer June 26, 1979 Reached number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and number 16 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and is certified double platinum in the US.
The Game June 27, 1980 Went five times platinum in Canada.
Flash Gordon (soundtrack) December 8, 1980 The album reached #10 on the UK charts and #23 in the US.
Hot Space May 21, 1982 Became the band’s second #1 hit in the UK.
The Works February 27, 1984 Reached number one in 19 countries.
A Kind of Magic June 3, 1986 Went straight to number one and selling 100,000 copies in its first week. It remained in the UK charts for 63 weeks, selling about six million copies worldwide.
The Miracle May 22,1989 The album reached #1 in the UK, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, and #24 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Estimated to have sold 5 million copies.
Innuendo February 5, 1991 Reached the number 1 spot on the UK album charts and stayed at that position for two weeks, and also number. 1 in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland,It was the first Queen album to go Gold in the US upon its release since The Works in 1984.
Greatest Hit ii October 28, 1991 Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and has sold 19 million copies worldwide.
Made in Heaven November 6, 1995 The album debuted at number 1 in the UK where it went five platinum. The album became the band’s best-selling studio album, selling over 20 million copies around the world.

In 1981, they toured the far east and were the first band to make a stadium tour of South America.

November 22, 1991, Freddie revealed he had AIDS. He died peacefully the following day. December of that year, Queen had 10 albums in the UK Top 100. Freddie received the BRITs “Outstanding Contribution To British Music” award posthumously. Brian May and Roger Taylor continue to be ambassadors for the HIV/AIDS charity Mercury Phoenix Trust, which was set up following the death of Freddie.

In October 2002, Queen received their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles. In 2004 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Walk of Fame and they were voted by the public into the first UK Music Hall of Fame.

On November 2, 2018, Bohemian Rhapsody, a movie based on Freddie Mercury’s life and his journey with Queen was released. This movie won Best Motion Picture – Drama at The 76th Golden Globe Awards, received five nominations for the 91st Academy Awards, the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture and BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

To this day, people of all ages still listen, and sing along, to their music. They dedicated their lives to their albums, tours and introduced their fans to a new style of music.