Queen Albums Ranked

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and piano), Brian May(lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). Their earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock. Here is their best albums of all time ranked.

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15. Made In Heaven (1995)

“Made in Heaven” by Queen was released after Freddie Mercury’s death, so it was a little bitter sweet to listen to it the first time. My husband and I listened to it twice on a quiet Christmas night and we were very moved, especially by one tract called “Mother Love” which has bits of his earlier years and up to his final years in the song. I loved it all and am happy to own it. I accidentally broke my original cd and this one was a replacement. Still love it.”

14. Hot Space (1982)

“Hot Space did not receive much support from fans in the United States. As a result, Queen stopped touring the States. One of the saddest outcomes of any record’s release. Like any real artist, you have to push and pull yourself by trying new mediums and avenues to expand your expressive voice. If not for your fans, but for your own growth as an artist. If you’re an artist, you know this. If you’re not feeling that your work is growing with you, then your natural response is to try something new. Hot Space was Queen’s attempt at something new. Unfortunately, many Americans did not climb on board with Queen for the adventure of Hot Space. Their loss, and a bit of a loss for Queen in record sales. Nonetheless, I still enjoy this album to this day in 2020. I hope you do, too.”

13. The Miracle (1989)

“I used to see this album at my record store and I always wanted to buy it,but in the end I always finished buying some other cd from Queen or a different artist.One day I was completely decided to buy it.So I went to the record store,but the album was gone.Thinking always of having it,till I had the chance to order it from Amazon.Not the best Queen album,but one to have and listen.It includes very nice songs such as The Miracle,I want it all with a very nice intro,Breakthru,The invisible man and others that are not quite well known like Rain must fall or Was all worth it.In the end it’s a very nice album to listen during your morning walk or if you want to spend your spare time listening to a great band.”

12. Flash Gordon (1981)

“It is a movie sound track. Seems a little different with bits and pieces of dialogue from the movie. There is two songs with words from Queen. Apparently it was all performed by Queen. There is apparently an added song that is a mix mostly from the movie but apparently wasn’t in the movie. I liked the movie so I found the sound track to be entertaining.”

11. Innuendo (1991)

“What can I say a finale like know other one can describe other than Mr Freddie Mercury himself. Even though he was suffering in silence he showed the whole wide world his firm vision of what an ultimate performer should infact achieve in the long term . He showcased what I call my favourite track on this album ”These are the days of are Lives”, which was recorded in the final days before his sadly announced departure from the world and far beyond . His music will shall forever stay with us in are hearts.”

10. A Kind Of Magic (1986)

“Many of the songs on this album were originally written for Highlander the 1986 movie with Christopher Lambert.

While this is not a soundtrack album it has the songs from the movie that were revised by Queen after the movie’s release so they could be performed on stage.

Love this album there’s not a single song on it that’s mediocre. My favorites – A Kind of Magic, Who Wants to Live Forever, One Year of Love, Princes of the Universe and Friends will be firends.

Great Queen album, worth buying.”

9. Queen (1973)

“Looking back as much as each successive Queen album was a joy (mostly) hearing the first album in context brings back the time I first discovered their music. It has many elements repeated later in a raw and powerful form that is unmatched and reminds you how different their music was from the start.”

8. The Works (1984)

“A lot better than Hot Space, Queen found their way again. There are pop songs on The Works but by far superior to those on their previous album. The album starts with Radio Gaga, a Roger Taylor song, poppy and full of synths, but inspired and catchy, overall an enjoyable track. Tear It Up is a nice rocker, written by May. It’s a Hard Life is a great Freddie Mercury number, amazing vocals IMO. Man on the Prowl is a rock’n’roll song in the manner of Crazy Little Thing Called Love from “The Game” album. Machines is a collective effort, electronic, full of synths again but also with some great guitar from May; Freddie’s vocals are amazing (again). I Want to Break Free is one of the most popular songs ever written (thank you John Deacon), amazingly enjoyable, a great treat. Hammer to Fall is another Brian May rocker, one of the best songs of the album. My favourite song for the moment is Keep on Passing the Open Windows; it is indeed one of Queen’s best songs ever. The album closes with Is This the World We Created, a sensitive ballad with sensible lyrics, nice acoustic guitar from Brian May and great vocals from Freddie.”

7. Queen II (1974)

“Queen II saw the band finding their theatrical vision that would grow into fruition on A Night at the Opera. Simply put, the great moments were here and this is probably their heaviest album but the great songs weren’t quite here yet. Due to what the band would become, Queen II is an intriguing listen especially if you didn’t discover their early albums until later like I did. And you have to respect their ambition. This is certainly stronger than all of the ’80s albums sans The Game and in the ballpark of News of the World. “Seven Seas of Rhye” is the most well known song here and for good reason. It is the most developed song and along with the very good “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke” and the short ditty “Nevemore” really shows what would come. Otherwise, you have moments of absolute brilliance in the heavy as sin “Ogre Battle” and the epics “Father to Son” and “The March of the Black Queen”. “The Loser In the End” is very good and is one of the better Roger Taylor tracks and the emotional “Funny How Love Is” is strong as well.. “Some Day One Day” also really plays like a template to the excellent Brian May tracks that would emerge later in “’39” and “Long Away”. And for these reasons you can see why this is the favorite of long time fans which I totally respect.”

6. Jazz (1978)

“One of the last truly get Queen albums (in my opinion). For an album titled “Jazz” this one definitely has some great non-jazz (heavy) moments on it. It fits really nicely in their catalog and shows a definite growth and almost maturity in the material on it. Like every other Queen album its got wall to wall great musicianship and songwriting and arrangements. If you’re a fan of any of their other material old or new you’ll find something you like on this one…. If not all of it.”

5. The Game (1980)

“Wow, just wow. I had been a Queen fringe fan for years, but lately I have been collecting their albums; outside of already owning their greatest hits. I can see why this album was such a massive hit worldwide and in the US. Every song is solid here, there is nothing weak on this album. I think fans know of the quality of hits Play The Game, Another One Bites the Dust and Crazy Little Thing Called Love, however it is the lesser known tracks that really rule. Standouts from the less known songs include: Need Your Loving Tonight, Don’t Try Suicide and Sail Away Sweet Sister. Maybe this is not as grand as their 70s albums, but it is quite good, from start to finish. A great effort from Freddie, Brian, John and Roger.”

4. A Day at the Races (1976)

“So many remember “Night at the Opera” with its track known as Bohemian Rhapsody that this entire album often gets overlooked. It opens with verve in “Tie Your Mother Down” and transitions wildly between the hardest rock and dainty love songs. This album includes the familiar “Somebody to Love”. Clearly, the band Queen was writing songs for the long term and not just pop hits to get onto the top 40 charts. It holds up well, as most fans could have guessed. So, if you are new to Queen or have forgotten most of its catalog, this album belongs in your collection. Guarantee you play it several times through upon removing the wrapper.”

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3. News of the World (1977)

“One of the best Queen albums, a true classic of prog/hard/pomp rock. Together with “Jazz” it’s a middle-of-the-road for the band^ some bits of pop sound appear but they don’t irritate. Masterpiece, to make story short. No fillers here, maybe the bonus track sound strange, but luckily it’s single. The price for the item and shipping was reasonable, so I’m glad I finally got it.”

2. Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

“Queen kicks major on this album. This album shows Queen getting more comfortable with their signature sounds and going out on limbs that hold fine and never seem to break. Sheer Heart Attack in my opinion is the album that broke the mold for them. They were getting their first wings and flying into the operatic type overtones of a later album that gave them their breakthrough. Every album Queen puts out is precisively perfect. Think RUSH without the ethereal soundscapes. Very much in tune and very much the musicians they are. What I like most about Queen is that everyone writes songs and are equally distributed in each album. Roger, Freddie, Brian and John can write songs and each one in their own right have had hits. The main focus of Queen always seems to me, to be of equality not found in most bands.”

1. A Night at the Opera (1975)

“This album has songs that reveal different sides to Queen that you’ll never know existed, if you’ve only heard them on the radio. Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon, Seaside Rendezvous, and Good Company are 3 songs that don’t fit the usual Queen image, but I really like all three. Then there’s the ominous and amazing The Prophet’s Song. It has a complexity that is surpassed only by Bohemian Rhapsody.
This remastered version has outstanding sound quality. I’ve even purchased a copy as a gift to a friend that didn’t care for Queen. They don’t say that anymore!
Amazon Prime 2 day shipping is always great. Happy with my purchases of Queen CDs.”