By Brad Haynes

Today marks the birthday of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS  in 1991. When it comes to the art of music videos, few bands excelled with as consistently creative and awesome videos as Queen did throughout the late 70’s and 80’s.  So, in honor of Freddie, we’re putting together our very own Queen music video jukebox and pushing play on our Top 20 favorites.

20. Flash

Queen ventured into the soundtrack world with their incredible score for the 1980 sci-fi camp classic Flash Gordon.

19. I Want It All

The anthemic harmonies and wailing guitar make this 1989 tune a true powerhouse.

18. It’s A Hard Life

Freddie Mercury’s flamboyance was put on full display in the video for 1985’s It’s A Hard Life.

17. I Want To Break Free

Freddie Mercury bumped his androgynous onstage performance up a notch, along with the rest of the band, as they explored their feminine sides in 1984’s I Want To Break Free.

16. You’re My Best Friend

You’re My Best Friend was written by band member John Deacon for his wife, to whom we’re happy to say he is still married to this day!

15. A Kind Of Magic

The title tune from their 1986 album, the album was the last of the band’s efforts to be supported by a concert tour since Freddie Mercury received his AIDS diagnosis the next year.

14. Body Language

Freddie Mercury explored a different sound for Queen when he penned 1982’s Body Language and he was front and center in the sexy video.

13. Fat Bottomed Girls

Even over thirty years later, they still make the rocket world go round!

12. Under Pressure

The 1981 pairing of Queen and David Bowie on the single Under Pressure was pure magic.

11. Don’t Stop Me Now

This rabble rouser gained even more attention several years back with its perfect placement in the movie Shaun of the Dead.

10. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

The video for 1979’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love finds Freddie doing his best Elvis.

9. Somebody To Love

The video encompasses studio and stage footage and the song is another one of the band’s great harmonic accomplishments.

8. We Will Rock You

The foot stomping prelude to We Are The Champions finds the band heating up the icy Winter.

7. Play The Game

The band was at the top of their game with this release in 1980.

6.We Are The Champions

The release of We Are The Champions in 1977 launched a whole new sporting anthem that’s had a healthy life.

5. Another One Bites The Dust

Hey!  It was so good that inspired a Weird Al Yankovic parody, Another One Rides The Bus!

4. Killer Queen

From the 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack, Killer Queen and its intricate lyrics first introduced me to the wonderful world of Queen.

3. Radio Ga Ga

The song that gave Lady Gaga her name pays homage to both radio and the silent film classic Metropolis.

2. One Vision

Employing the morphing technique, we get to see the band shift a decade from their pose in the Bohemian Rhapsody video of 1975 to their 1985 selves.

1. Bohemian Rhapsody

The epitome of all of Queen‘s artistic efforts, there’s no doubt that Bohemian Rhapsody earns the number one slot.


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