|The Queen Tracklisting Game has now closed, thanks to all who entered, we hope that you found it fun and congratulations to all our winners!
The track selection of "Absolute Greatest" must have been tough for the band, deciding on what classic tracks to include and what to leave out and we were thrilled to see it caused such a great debate on the QOL Message Board!
We are currently compiling all the votes and looking into who got the most in the correct order over the competition's run. The fan with the most tracks in the right placings will win a Signed Art Print worth £775!
More album information coming very soon!
Absloute Greatest Tracklisting.
01. We Will Rock You
02. We Are The Champions
03. Radio Ga Ga
04. Another One Bites The Dust
05. I Want It All
06. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
07. A Kind Of Magic
08. Under Pressure
09. One Vision
10. You’re My Best Friend
11. Don’t Stop Me Now
12. Killer Queen
13. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
14. Who Wants To Live Forever
15. Seven Seas Of Rhye
16. Heaven For Everyone
17. Somebody To Love
18. I Want To Break Free
19. The Show Must Go On
20. Bohemian Rhapsody
|Bohemian Rhapsody......what a shocker.|
|No Innuendo ? That's insane|
|Cool. It's like the better tracks off Classic Queen and the U.S. version of Greatest Hits plus Heaven for Everyone! (sarcasm)
Hopefully this will be something MORE like U2's 18 singles collection (basic hits, good packaging/materials, CD/DVD/Book boxed set) and LESS like any generic unofficial compilation of The Carpenters, The Platters or Kool and the Gang.
You know which ones I'm talking about? Like those "20th Century Masters: Millenium Edition" types.
Why are you thanking all who entered? You are not affiliated with Queen.
Why do you hope we found it fun?
How do set the value at £775? Are you an appraiser?
|It's not the best tracklist. I would prefer the order of songs to be more interesting and have atleast 25 - 30 songs in the album. There should also be more classic Queen Hits and not-so 80s Pop-Rock orientated, however there is nothing wrong with those songs.|
|Where is Innuendo?? (#1 in UK and one of the best Queen's songs in anyway)
I always thought that WWTLF was a minor hit.
|How many times have you heard Innuendo on the radio lately? Now compare this to how well known Who Wants To Live Forever is due to its affiliation with the Highlander franchise. Quite frankly, it was the right choice. BTW, I do love Innuendo, I think it's a magnificent piece of music.|
|Queen On Ice
Bo Alex wrote: Where is Innuendo?? (#1 in UK and one of the best Queen's songs in anyway) I always thought that WWTLF was a minor hit.
First, it is NOT a 'greatest hits' package - these have been done already, it is about the 'greatest' Queen songs, and IMO WWTLF is a wider known and much more respected and loved song (outside the fan base) than Innuendo which is all but unknown.
Second, it is never going to please everyone - trying to fit a representaition of Queen's best songs onto ONE disc.
WWTLF may have been a minor hit, but it is cited left right and centre (by artists particularly) as one of Queen's greatest songs. It has an emotional effect on people and many say it makes them cry. That itself makes it a great song.
I am not saying Innuendo is NOT great, but it is much much much lesser known worldwide.
|Ok I agree with the Innuendo vs Who Wants to Live Forever argument
but what about Innuendo vs Seven Seas?
Innuendo was a bigger hit (#1 UK) and known more worldwide.....was Seven Seas even played in America??
|Queen On Ice
|I cannot speak for the rest of the world with regards to how well known all the songs are BUT SSOR was the 'breakthrough' hit for Queen - they made it into the public conscience with that song and it (after a TOTP appearance) gave them a massive boost in terms of fanbase size.
Also, it was on GH1, which -certainly in the UK anyway - is the best selling album here and so it has been listened to for ten years longer than Innuendo by millions more people.
This argument is fairly bunk anyway as Innuendo is roughly twice the length of SSOR so you'd need to take another song off too - which would the other one be?
Just because Innuendo was (very very briefly) a no.1 single (in te EASIEST time for anyone to get a no.1 ) that does not make it one of the greatest. It is about public perception I guess and I can't see TWO songs that deserve to be withdrawn for the sake of a song that, really, is much less known than all the others included. It is a matter of time - and I absolutely believe that if there was another 6 minutes of space on a cd then Innuendo WOULD be on it.
|Queen On Ice
|Arnaldo "Ogre-" Silveira
|Where is C-Lebrity?! Cool down, guys, just joking ;)|
|If the list isn't based on whether or not the songs were hits, as someone said before, then why not have My Fairy King, Ogre Battle, The Millionaire Waltz, March of the Black Queen, Brighton Rock, '39, Prophet's Song, etc.? I like most of the songs on this tracklist, but, if they're basing it on the quality of the songs, the ones I just mentioned should definitely be on it. If they put some of the non-hit, lesser-known masterpieces on there along with the hits, it would create a renewed appreciation of Queen among the public.|
|Queen on Ice wrote:
I cannot speak for the rest of the world with regards to how well
known all the songs are BUT SSOR was the 'breakthrough' hit for Queen -
they made it into the public conscience with that song and it (after a
TOTP appearance) gave them a massive boost in terms of fanbase size. Also,
it was on GH1, which -certainly in the UK anyway - is the best selling
album here and so it has been listened to for ten years longer than
Innuendo by millions more people. This argument is fairly
bunk anyway as Innuendo is roughly twice the length of SSOR so you'd
need to take another song off too - which would the other one be? Just
because Innuendo was (very very briefly) a no.1 single (in te EASIEST
time for anyone to get a no.1 ) that does not make it one of the
greatest. It is about public perception I guess and I can't see TWO
songs that deserve to be withdrawn for the sake of a song that, really,
is much less known than all the others included. It is a matter of time
- and I absolutely believe that if there was another 6 minutes of space
on a cd then Innuendo WOULD be on it.
...silly silly arguments. So why One Vision yes - Innuendo no, why You're My Best Friend yes - Innuendo no, why TATDOOL yes - Innuendo no, and so on ...
|Lookin' Divine In Good Ol' '89
|The Show Must Go On not closing it is a major aesthetic problem. Like when the Stones ended Forty Licks with It's Only Rock And Roll followed by a new Keith ballad.|
|On another note, I'm curious to see what versions of these songs will be used. Will the genuine single edits for "One Vision" and "Radio Ga Ga" be used since there's limited time? Will they use the original version of "Under Pressure" instead of the remix from Classic Queen? Which of the many versions of "I Want It All" will they use, or will mistakes be made again and we'll get totally new edits/mixes of these songs?|
Micrówave wrote: Queenzone Ghost: Why are you thanking all who entered? You are not affiliated with Queen. Why do you hope we found it fun? How do set the value at £775? Are you an appraiser?
Unless I am mistaken QG is Jacky, so that's why
|I Can't believe that people believe that this album contains the Greatest Queen Songs. I Don't think so, they are good however they don't compete to the other studio songs from the 1970s. Personaly I think 20 songs is not enough. 25 or 30 songs would be better and they should include the other big hits which are not included such as: Now I'm Here, Fat Bottomed Girls/Bicycle Race, Save Me or Play the Game, It's a Hard Life, Hammer to Fall, Breakthru, Innuendo, A Winter's Tale.|
|It's a good list, but definitely not the one I would choose. In my opinion It's a Hard Life and Innuendo are among the 20 best Queen songs. But let's set aside the discussion of what greatest hits should be included, because we'll never reach an agreement and apparently the majority who voted did not think as I do (I actually missed the "election").
But let's focus on something different: the strategy. Including good songs which are not part of the most renowned greatest hits (or simply not included at all) such as The Millionaire Waltz, A Winters Tale, White Queen, Dear Friends, Was it all Worth It, etc. would be much more effective than repeating great but eroded songs (You Are my Best Friend, One Vision, Seven Seas of Rhye, etc.). This would help Queen renew its public and facilitate the discovery of "new gems".
|newbie? I've been a member since 2006....maybe i should write more often|
|another useless compilation... and another F**k Off 2 the Fans...|
goinback wrote: I'm curious to see what versions of these songs will be used.
I am too.
For some reason, I think it may be enough to get me to buy the thing. I'm not up on all of the different remasters like many people, but I wonder if this will have anything new in that arena as well.
| OK....Here's the thing about Queen: You cannot just choose 20 songs!!! That's why all the controversy! It's simply not enough! Queen is an extraordinary band with dozens and dozens of great songs!
A friend was making me some tapes. When I sent him my list of 68 "must haves", he asked me to narrow them down. I wound up with 93!
It's a tough order. You have to include Hammer To Fall, Breakthru, Nevermore, Stone Cold Crazy, Lilly Of The Valley, Sheer Heart Attack, Love Kills, Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow, Great King Rat, The Ogre Battle, Now I'm Here, Liar, Spread Your Wings, Passing The Open Window, All Dead All Dead, Headlong, It's A Hard Life, Ride The Wild Wind, Man On The Prowl, Bicycle Race, A Kind Of Magic, Action This Day, Love Of My Life, '39, Play The Game, Don't Try Suicide, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Save Me, Keep Yourself Alive, I Was Born To Love You, Need Your Loving Tonight, Funny How Love Is. Teo Torriatte, Barcelona, How Can I Go On?, Who Needs You?, Fairy Feller's Masterstroke, Misfire, Let Me Entertain You, Las Palabras De Amor, Your Kind Of Lover.....
See what I mean? How can one possibly choose?? These aren't in order of preference either.....because these last ones are some of my very favorites. But, as someone mentioned, it would really be great to acquire New Queen fans. To do that, I think it best to bring out the less familiar songs and give them a chance, rather than beating the old familiar ones into the ground.
Another good point was brought up.....which versions? That might not apply to most groups, but with Queen, it's an essential consideration. My opinion is do everything from the live versions. Freddie was made for an audience. He was born to entertain. He was electrifying, dynamic, and fed off the audience. So, get as many songs as possible in their live versions, since they're so much more powerful and entertaining. They're filled with so much more passion and emotion. They're just better! Freddie embodied the music and his charisma & passion saturated the lyrics. And he made everything come alive when he had an audience. That was part of his genius. He was magic! He was the BEST!!!!!
By the way, Under Pressure was the best at Wembley or Montreal (sans David Bowie!) Anything from those concerts should be included live, just the way Freddie did them.
Anyway, if you need some help in selecting, I'm available and would love to help! Please consider me.
Thank you very much!
|Freddie's the best - ever - !!!!|
|Given the constraints of CD technology and the average attention-span of music listeners (we've been conditioned to listen to 80 mins of music for at least 20 years before the advent of MP3 technology)... the compilation is brilliant and does justice to the Queen catologue.
However, Bicycle Race should have probably substituted Seven Seas Of Rhye and Save Me for Heaven For Everyone... this would have kept the most popular Queen tracks intact. Although Innuendo was a chart topper, it ain't relevent anymore, unfortunately.
Queenzone Ghost wrote: The fan with the most tracks in the right placings will win a Signed Art Print worth £775!?? I think it's value would change depending on who you ask.
|another one diets the bust
|As usual my commentary comes much too late - though i read this when it was new.
I think AG comes close to doing Queen any justice, the controversy is more about its title i guess, which might be unfortunately chosen. "Best Known" would come closer to summarize this compilation, since this is no other "Greatest Hits" package, which its title might erroneously indicate.
With a few exceptions every song was a hit in its own right, there is no doubt about KQ, BR, YMBF, STL, WATC, CLTCL, AOBTD, UP, RGG, IWTBF, AKOM and TSMGO.
SSOR was their breakthrough single in the UK, and wouldn't it have been, Queen might never have grown that big.
WWRY is extremely popular and played at nearly every major sports event.
DSMN is the second-most downloaded song only to BR by far, and probably just wasn't that big a hit back then as it only had been the second single of Jazz. I always considered it to be far better than Bicycle Race.
OV might be questionable to me, but might have been included due to their unbelievable succees at Live Aid (this only is an assumption).
WWTLF is widely known, even if it hasn't been a major hit back then. Especially the Magic album was a hell of a mess with all its different single releases all around the world. But WWTLF even became a major hit in the 90s, when Dune's cover took it all the way to #2 in Germany, and to the Austrian, Swiss and Dutch TopTen as well.
TATDOOL became widely known due to it being a double-A-side with BR in the UK and a few other countries around the world. Questionable though, how it would have done on its own.
IWIA and HFE are probably included to represent their parent albums The Miracle and Made In Heaven, since they spawned no other major hit single.
My AG wouldn't look much different, but i could only be nearly objective in terms of chart success, which would look surprizingly similar to this. Overall i think, this is quite good a compilation. And clearly no, you can't do Queen any justice with only 20 songs, but you can't squeeze more onto a single CD either - unless it is MP3.