Top 10 Queen Deep Cuts

Queen Deep Cuts

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Our top 10 Queen Deep Cuts playlist takes a look at the catalog of one the most well known rock and roll bands of all time. Queen is probably the most popular classic rock band known to teenagers in the 2020s because of the success of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Ask a classroom of kids who Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison or David Bowie was and none of them will put their hands up. I ask that question every day to my students. However when I ask them to name the lead singer of Queen, every single hand is raised. I witness that every day I work in schools as a teacher. Kids love Queen, We love Queen! Simply, one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

When bands such as Queen become so popular, they generate an audience so large that a majority of that audience only knows the hits. This article will look to change that. Of course if your a longtime Queen fan, than your aware of every great cut on every great album. Your opinion will definitely vary with ours. However, this article is designed to turn people on who have just discovered Queen.

Most of these Queen deep cuts will stem from their 1970’s material. That was the period in which they did their best work. There will be some Queen songs from the 1980s, but ask any long time Queen fan what their favorite Queen album was and I guarantee you they will name a Queen album that would have been released in the 1970s. Those were the Glory Days of Queen!

# 10 – Son and Daughter

We didn’t know whether to open up or close out our top 10 Queen Deep Cuts list with this incredible smoking song from Queen. In the end we figured just him them hard right of the bat. Listen to this track. Do you get it now? Their 70s material was unbelievable, especially their first three albums. The Queen song “Son and Daughter,” was released on the band’s debut album in 1973 entitled Queen.

# 9 -Drowse

We would have loved to put Roger Taylor’s classic “I’m In With Love My Car,” on this list but that song was way too popular. When Queen followed up their mega selling album A Night At The Opera album with the A Day At The Races album, Roger Taylor followed up “I’m In Love With My Car,” with this great song “Drowse.”  Love this one, especially Brian Mays guitar work.

# 8 -Sail Away Sweet Sister

Queen’s album The Game had a lot of long time Queen fans scratching their heads when they heard the record’s lead single, “Another One Bites The Dust,” What was up with the disco stuff? Most classic rock fans hated disco. And then the band goes and releases Hot Space. The Game was actually a good album and the disco groove of “Another One Bites The Dust,”was not really representative of the rest of the record. One of our favorite tracks on the album was Brian May’s “Sail Away Sweet Sister.” 

# 7 – Tear It Up

After Queen’s album Hot Space gave most loyal Queen fans a heart attack, the band followed up that record with the album The Works. The record was a mixed bag of styles. “Tear It Up,” was the album’s best track along with “Hammer To Fall.” The album’s single “Radio Ga Ga,” has become far more popular among today’s youth than it was when it was released because of the terrific Live Aid performance shown in the movie.

# 6 – Dead On Time

Brian May sounds like he is having a great deal of fun on this one. Listen to May play his butt of on this track. Those are some fast guitar licks. This cool song was the opening track on side two of Queen’s Jazz album.

# 5 -Brighton Rock

Continuing with our top 10 Queen Deep Cuts list we turn to the classic Sheer Heart Attack album. I remember hearing “Stone Cold Crazy,” on the radio in 1974 and asking my friends who is that? No one sounded like Queen at that time. There were so many great songs on the Sheer Heart Attack album, “Brighton Rock,” was one of them. It was the album’s opening track. Brian May once again rips it up on this one.

# 4 – It’s Late

This one was actually released as a single but it did not do well commercially. So in our way of thinking it becomes eligible for our top 10 Queen Deep Cuts list. Additionally, we just love this song so much we want to make sure that everyone knows about. It was our favorite song on the album when it first came out. It still is. Released on the brilliant News Of The World album in 1977.


# 3 – Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to…)

This great track was released on the band’s most successful album of their career, A Night At The Opera. The song was written by Freddie Mercury. It was the album’s opening track. If there is one thing we all learned from this one was, it wasn’t wise to piss off Freddie Mercury.

# 2 – The March of the Black Queen

Before there was the song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there was the classic Freddie Mercury song the “March of the Black Queen.” If one wants to look back into the Queen catalog before The A Night At The Opera album and find the hint of greatness to come, especially from the pen of Freddie Mercury, here it is. Queen’s unknown masterpiece to everyone but big time Queen fans was released on the band’s second album entitled Queen II. The album was released in 1974.

# 1 – Ogre Battle

The same Queen song that landed in the number one spot on our previous Top 10 Queen Songs list earns the number one spot on our top 10 Queen Deep Cuts list. The song is that good and not many people know about it. The song was released on the great Queen II album.

Updated March 16, 2021

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