Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Brian May: arguably the greatest band in the history of rock music. But just what is The Nation’s Favourite Queen Song?
Airing at 9:00pm on Tuesday 11 November 2014 and voted for by ITV’s representative panel of viewers, the show will be counting down the top 20 most loved Queen songs. We’ll be updating this page on the night with the complete list of results posted at the bottom of this page as they’re announced, including the overall winner.
As was the case with the most popular Elvis songs last year, the selection of tracks will no doubt leave many hardcore fans debating as much about the titles left out of the list, as those which made it. After all, when your talking about artists with as impressive a back catalogue as these guys, narrowing them down to the best 20 becomes far from simple.
Since forming in 1970, the guys have been responsible for creating some of the worlds most recognisable and iconic pieces of music, charting with almost fifty top 30 singles. Amongst others, songs to be featured include such classics as We Are The Champions, I Want It All, A Kind Of Magic, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You and Radio Ga Ga. You may also remember that back in 2012 in a previous ITV chart, Bohemian Rhapsody was voted as The Nation’s Favourite Number 1 Single.
Sticking with the traditional ‘Nation’s Favourite’ programme formula, viewers will be hearing from a mix of celebrity fans and those who knew the band intimately, witnessing their rise to fame close-up. Look out for the likes of Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley, pop star Katy Perry, comedian Al Murray, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, choreographer and dance judge Arlene Phillips, McBusted’s Tom Fletcher, Spice Girl Melanie C, fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and Slade frontman Noddy Holder. Narrating the chart countdown will be Little Britain and Pompidou star Matt Lucas.
But if your one of the millions of serious Queen fans out there and those names aren’t exactly filling you with confidence, don’t worry, the show will also feature interviews with some of Freddie’s friends and fellow band members. Perhaps best of all, we’ll also be treated to a number of archive interview clips with Mr Mercury himself.
ITV’s Top 20 Queen Songs: The Results in Reverse Order
20: I Want It All – 1989
19: It’s A Hard Life – 1984
18: One Vision – 1985
17: You’re My Best Friend – 1976
16: Seven Seas Of Rhye – 1874
15: The Show Must Go On – 1991
14: Another One Bites The Dust – 1980
13: Crazy Little Thing Called Love – 1979
12: A Kind Of Magic – 1986
11: Who Wants To Live Forever – 1986
10: Somebody To Love – 1976
9: These Are The Days Of Our Lives – 1991
8: Radio Ga Ga – 1984
7: Under Pressure – 1981
6: Killer Queen – 1974
5: We Are The Champions – 1977
4: I Want To Break Free – 1984
3: Don’t Stop Me Now – 1979
2: We Will Rock You – 1977
Winner. 1: Bohemian Rhapsody – 1975 and 1991
OK no surprises when it comes to the number 1 Queen track, but given the incredibly high quality of the previous 19 songs, it underlines just how great Freddie’s masterpiece is to be such a clear winner.
Some of the many great titles which failed to make the ITV list include 1978’s ‘Bicycle Race’, 1989’s ‘The Miracle’, 1991’s ‘Innuendo’ and 1980’s ‘Flash’.
The Nation’s Favourite Queen Song follows the recent success of ITV’s Elvis and Motown countdowns, both of which were accompanied by CD and download releases of compilation albums of the same name. Perhaps due to the already comprehensive ‘Greatest Hits’ and ‘Forever’ collections already on sale, it doesn’t appear there’ll be a ‘Nation’s Favourite Queen Songs’ album available to buy.