Posted: 3:04 pm Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
By Pete Rizzo
Writing a classic rock tune is hard in and of itself. That each member of a rock band can write legendary tunes is that much more impressive. Such as the case with Queen, with each member contributing songs that have truly broken boundaries of radio and record sales.
One of their most colossal hits hands down is “Another One Bites The Dust”, which came out this month 36 years ago. And I distinctly remember hearing it on two stations you would have never guessed would play it, 92 KTU and 107.5 BLS (disco and R&B stations). And it dawned on me that each member of Queen have written equally huge songs in their back catalog. Let’s take a look at the contenders:
Brian May – “We Will Rock You”
By far the most stripped down of their monster tunes and probably the most instantly recognizable of the bunch, “We Will Rock You” became a staple at their live shows and to this day remains a cornerstone at sporting events worldwide.
John Deacon – “Another One Bites the Dust”
This tune easily went against the grain of their catalog up to that point. More unique was that it was written by their quiet bassist. I admit the first time I heard it I thought Freddie was black. It remains a classic.
Freddie Mercury – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Talk about all over the map! This tune is part ballad, part opera, part rock scorcher. And 100% awesome. If you needed further proof of this tune’s reach, watch ‘Wayne’s World’ for probably the most legendary synchronized head-banging scene in movies.
Roger Taylor – “Radio GaGa”
Roger’s young son Felix deserves a songwriting credit along with his dad for this tune. There may not be a more iconic scene that watching Freddie leading tens-of-thousands of people in a syncopated clapping during the chorus of this classic.
So which tune reigns most supreme among this bunch?
About the Author
Hi, I'm Pete Rizzo, early morning elixir for your weekends. I love music and I love talking about it. I grew up listening to bands like Rush (best band on the planet!), Van Halen (Diamond Dave all the way), AC/DC (Bon rules!) and Genesis (the Gabriel years). But my true love is progressive rock and heavy metal. The louder, crunchier, more bombastic and self-indulgent, the better! When I’m not on the air, I’m either training in martial arts, deciding which tattoo I should get next, reading a good book (I still enjoy turning actual pages), or my wife and I are planning our next big travel excursion. I’m on every Saturday and Sunday morning. You can also follow me on on Twitter @PeteRizzoWBAB. I’d love to hear from you.