Top 10 Best Queen Albums

The Top Ten
1 A Night at the Opera

I love how this album just flows so smoothly from start to finish, and there is so much variety in the types of songs which gives it such an epic feeling when you listen to it.

The album starts off with the mysterious piano arpeggios of "Death on Two Legs," and within 30 seconds into the first song, you instantly know that you're listening to an album that is really interesting, quirky, highly professional, and just generally beautiful.

Personally, I love how the album contains a mixture of heavier, intense compositions, with Freddie's short campy songs such as "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" thrown in between tracks, which really provide it with a weird but enjoyable atmosphere.

2 Queen II

Their best album by far. They would drop their more progressive leanings for a more streamlined sound by Sheer Heart Attack, which is a bloody shame because this is not only Queen at their finest musically but also some of the best prog that decade had to offer. They had refined their sound from their first album, creating something extremely fresh.

Meanwhile, the songs mostly deliver in spades. Ogre Battle. Nevermore. The March Of The Black Queen. And who could forget the classic that is Seven Seas Of Rhye? The musicianship is tight and fantastic to listen to, and above all else, Mercury's vocals are sensational.

It's a near-perfect album, and I'm only disappointed that they didn't continue venturing down this style, outside of occasional albums (mainly the brilliant News Of The World). While they are still my favorite band, none of their other albums can touch this underrated gem. Top-notch and one of my all-time favorite albums.

3 Innuendo

At first, I thought Innuendo was ranked high because it was the last Queen album issued in Mercury's life. But when I heard it, it blew me away. This album is so great, and all the songs on the album are great. It was a return to Queen's roots and their best album since A Night at the Opera.

Some people say they feel sad and emotional when they listen to these songs and this album, but for me, I feel joy and happiness. These songs are fantastic, and I enjoy them immensely. That's part of the reason why Freddie didn't want to reveal his illness. He didn't want people to buy the album out of sympathy. He wanted people to buy the album to enjoy the music. I am glad that Freddie left on a high note.

Personally, I think Sheer Heart Attack is the best Queen album, but I wanted to post this comment. If you think this album is ranked high because of Freddie and his illness, think again. You want proof? Listen to the album. And it won't be the last time you listen to it.

4 Sheer Heart Attack

Quite simply prog rock at its finest and most flamboyant. While Queen got grander and sillier with successive releases, Opera and Races, both being fine albums, this is to me their best. Each song flows into the next one perfectly. There's no filler on this record.

Although what followed might have had better songs, Sheer Heart Attack as an album is without equal amongst Queen albums. To sum up, I always listen to this one from beginning to end. The rest I cherry-pick tracks from, well, apart from Races. I quite like that one all the way through as well, except White Man. I don't think it's as good as this one, though.

5 A Day At The Races

What a masterpiece. A Night At The Opera probably would be my number one if it weren't for the dreadful "Sweet Lady." A Day At The Races, however, does not have any songs of such poor quality. While it does not have a "Bohemian Rhapsody" on it, it is still just as ambitious and bombastic as A Night At The Opera.

Complete with such classics as "Tie Your Mother Down," "Somebody To Love," "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy," and one of Queen's all-time best and underrated songs, "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)," which ties the album together with a perfect close. Although not quite as popular as A Night At The Opera, it is still Queen's greatest release in my humble opinion.

6 News of The World

Always overshadowed by its two monster singles, the album cuts on the record are among the best Queen ever recorded. In typical Queen style, they vary widely in genre, from punk rock on "Sheer Heart Attack" all the way to jazz on "My Melancholy Blues" and everything in between. All four members are on fire here, bringing some of the strongest songwriting they ever did in the whole 1970s.

Notable examples include Roger Taylor's funk rock piece "Fight From the Inside," years before the group would have a number one hit in the same genre, and John Deacon's two cuts, "Spread Your Wings" and "Who Needs You," both criminally underrated and absolutely spectacular.

This album should definitely be number one on this list.

7 Jazz

My favorite Queen album, just ahead of News of the World. Loved the songs, the artwork, the group's image, and the live performances during this era.

They were at their best.

This album is tremendous from start to finish. I would've placed it number four instead.

Obviously, you can tell this album was created for live performances, and even in the legendary punk outbreak of '77, this record ROCKS.

A very underrated album.

In my opinion, this album must be at least in the top three. Don't Stop Me Now is awesome. Bicycle Race and Fat Bottomed Girls are also great.

Listen to them before voting for something else.

8 The Game

Hey! This album deserves to be higher! It is my favorite Queen album, and every single song on it is fantastic.

I think this album is much better than most say. It is near the top of the list for me!

This album had more great songs that were hits than any other.

9 Queen

A great album from Queen - includes a lot of my favorite songs by the band. It's a shame that Mad the Swine was never on this album. It would have been the perfect fit between Great King Rat and My Fairy King, where it was intended.

This album is still worth listening to.

Keep Yourself Alive is a great song, and Roger had awesome falsettos in My Fairy King. This album is seriously underrated!

Great King Rat. Liar. Keep Yourself Alive. Some of their best songs. If you only know the hits, you need to hear this.

10 The Works

A super strong album jam-packed with hits. There really isn't a bad song on this album.

One cool thing about this record is the fact that the four singles were written by the four different members of the band.

I think this is where he had his vision. When the whole thing just fell together.

The Contenders
11 A Kind Of Magic

Looking back at the '80s and the late Freddie Mercury era, this album is amazing and truly individual, with a soul! One album - one prize, one soul, one goal. The best soundtrack for a Hollywood movie ever! Highlander is definitely a strong movie, but the music makes this brilliance that brings this fantasy action to the top.

Just listen to the beginning - the powerful "Princess of the Universe." The whole story follows the music themes, and the music follows the story. And so many worldwide hits. I always watch this movie until the end of the inscriptions, until the end of the unique original "A Kind of Magic." Great! In top 4!

12 The Miracle

This is the most underrated album Queen has ever made! It deserves to be higher!

The amazing I Want It All, the beautiful song The Miracle, the underrated Scandal, and the show-stopping performance of Was It All Worth It!

While it doesn't have any of those really, really orgasmic-level good songs, it's brimming with tons of great ones!

Freddie Mercury went around the world and Bali, saw God and Dali, very mystic. Surrealistic.

13 Made in Heaven

How the heck could this be so low! This is the most compact and full-of-amazing-songs album Queen ever made!

Could have only been made in heaven for it to be this great!

14 Hot Space

Obviously not their best album, in fact, probably their worst. However, it is a vastly underrated slump in the catalogue of a band who produced little trash for 15 albums straight. In my book, this is nearly as good as The Game, which harbors some of Queen's most astonishing highs, but also some unfortunately forgettable lows. Even without "Under Pressure," songs like "Life Is Real (Song For Lennon)," "Staying Power," and "Las Palabras De Amor" rank among the most underrated gems of their career.

Come on, how can it be below literally everything on this list? It's not a great album but deserves to be at least in the top 13. Staying Power, Put Out the Fire, Action This Day, Back Chat, Dancer, and for God's sake - Under Pressure. Sure, there is a mediocre song - Calling All Girls and the most horrible thing Queen ever made - Body Language. But mostly, it's still good.

15 A Night at the Odeon
16 Live at Wembley '86
17 Greatest Hits II

Better than any of the other greatest hits! Has every good song on there! Though I would think to replace The Invisible Man with Scandal. I just think Scandal would perform better on here than The Invisible Man.

It's still good though!

18 Flash Gordon
19 Greatest Hits

Every song on Greatest Hits is a great piece of musical genius, but isn't that true of anything Queen was involved with?

Mr. Mercury's talent and creativity were so far beyond the times, which is why people today still listen in awe to what he created.

Without Freddie, Queen would've never been this successful. But Brian, Roger, and John are still good songwriters, singers, and musicians.

This is a greatest hits album. Of course, every song on it is one of their greatest songs.

20 Live Magic

Some nice edits, some odd but peculiar cuts (Bohemian Rhapsody), some tracks from the very last concert of Queen with Freddie, but nothing more.

It simply isn't worth buying.

21 Queen Rocks
22 Absolute Greatest

Unfortunately, there is a lack of "The March of the Black Queen," "Innuendo," "Love of My Life," "Let Me Live," "I Want It All (Album Version)," "Liar," "Was It All Worth It," etc.

However, it's far better than G.H.1, G.H.2, Classic Queen, A to Z, Stone Cold Classics, and any other standard compilation (but far worse than Radio Sampler First, Second, and Third).

23 Queen Forever
24 Rock Montreal
25 Greatest Hits IV
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