4. Discography

Freddie Mercury: lead and harmony vocals, choir master, tantrums, piano, harpsichord, Hammond organ, acoustic guitar, clavinet, synthesizers (inc. Oberheim OB-X and OB-Xa, ARP 2600, Minimoog, Roland Jupiter 8, Yamaha DX-7, Roland VP-330, E-mu Emulator II, EMS Vocoder 2000, Fairlight CMI-III, Kurzweil K-250, Korg M1, Roland D-50), cowbell, drum machine (see below), sampler, fingerclicks, footstomps and handclaps; Brian May: lead and harmony vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, guitar orchestrations, banjolele, genuine Hawaiian ukulele, piano, Vox electric piano, harmonium, synthesizers (see above), guitar synthesizer, toy koto, orchestral harp, tubular bells, maracas, fingersnaps, footstomps and handclaps; John Deacon: bass, piano, electric piano, lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, synthesizers (see above), drum machine (see below), fingersnaps, footstomps and handclaps; Roger Taylor: lead and harmony vocals, occasional screams, drums, tambourine, bicycle bells, whistle, timbale, wind chimes, conga, bongo, claves, cabasa, quijada, maracas, timpani, pandemonium, cowbell, marimba, lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, synthesizers (see above), drum machine (inc. Linn M-1, LinnDrum, Simmons elec. drums), sampler, fingersnaps, footstomps and handclaps.

For reasons of clarity and (author) sanity, this discography is confined to releases during the lifetime of Freddie Mercury, with two exceptions (De Lane Lea demos, Made In Heaven), and to singles released in the UK. If a composer has two + songs in a row, they’re listed only once, at the start of the sequence.

1971

The De Lane Lea Demos. Recorded: ca. late 1971, De Lane Lea Studio, Wembley. Released: 14 March 2011, bonus EP for Queen reissue.

Keep Yourself Alive [May]/ The Night Comes Down/ Great King Rat [Mercury]/ Jesus/ Liar.

1973

Keep Yourself Alive/ Son and Daughter. EMI 2036. Released: 6 July 1973.

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Queen, EMI EMC 3006. Recorded: June-December 1972, Trident Studios, London. Rel: 13 July 1973 (UK #24, US #83).

Keep Yourself Alive [May]/ Doing All Right [May, Staffell]/ Great King Rat [Mercury]/ My Fairy King// Liar/ The Night Comes Down [May]/ Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll [Taylor]/ Son and Daughter [May]/ Jesus [Mercury]/ Seven Seas of Rhye.

1974

Seven Seas of Rhye/ See What a Fool I’ve Been, EMI 2121. Rel: 23 February 1974 (UK #10).

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Queen II, EMI EMA 767. Recorded: August 1973, Trident. Rel: 8 March 1974 (UK #5).

[“Side White”] Procession [May]/ Father to Son/ White Queen (As It Began)/ Some Day One Day/ The Loser in the End [Taylor]// [“Side Black”] Ogre Battle [Mercury]/ The Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke/ Nevermore/ The March of the Black Queen/ Funny How Love Is/ Seven Seas of Rhye.

Killer Queen/ Flick of the Wrist. Rel.: 21 October 1974 (UK #2, US #78).

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Sheer Heart Attack, EMI EMC 3061. Recorded: July-September 1974, Rockfield Studios, Wales; Wessex Studios, AIR, and Trident, London; rel.: 8 November 1974 (UK #2, US #12).

Brighton Rock [May]/ Killer Queen [Mercury]/ Tenement Funster [Taylor]/ Flick of the Wrist [Mercury]/ Lily of the Valley/ Now I’m Here [May]// In the Lap of the Gods [Mercury]/ Stone Cold Crazy [Mercury, May, Taylor, Deacon]/ Dear Friends [May]/ Misfire [Deacon]/ Bring Back That Leroy Brown [Mercury]/ She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos) [May]/ In the Lap of the Gods…Revisited [Mercury].

1975

Now I’m Here/ Lily of the Valley, EMI 2256. Rel.: 17 January 1975 (UK #11).

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Bohemian Rhapsody/ I’m In Love With My Car, EMI 2375. Rel.: 31 October 1975 (UK #1, US #9).

A Night at the Opera, EMI EMTC 103. Rec: August-November 1975, Trident (“God Save the Queen”), Sarm East Studios, Aldgate; Olympic Studios, Barnes; Rockfield Studios,; Scorpio, Landsdowne and Roundhouse Studios; rel.: 21 November 1975 (UK #1, US #4).

Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To…) [Mercury]/ Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon/ I’m In Love With My Car [Taylor]/ You’re My Best Friend [Deacon]/ 39 [May]/ Sweet Lady/ Seaside Rendezvous [Mercury]// The Prophet’s Song [May]/ Love of My Life [Mercury]/ Good Company [May]/ Bohemian Rhapsody [Mercury]/ God Save the Queen [trad., arr. May].

1976

You’re My Best Friend/ ’39, EMI 2494. Rel.: 16 May 1976 (UK #7, US #16).

Somebody to Love/ White Man, EMI 2565. Rel.: 12 November 1976 (UK #2, US #13).

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A Day at the Races, EMI EMTC 104. Rec.: July–November 1976, The Manor, Oxfordshire; Wessex Studios, Highbury; Sarm East; rel.: 10 December 1976 (UK #1, US #5).

Tie Your Mother Down [May]/ You Take My Breath Away [Mercury]/ Long Away [May]/ The Millionaire Waltz [Mercury]/ You and I [Deacon]// Somebody to Love [Mercury]/ White Man [May]/ Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy [Mercury]/ Drowse [Taylor]/ Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) [May].

1977

Tie Your Mother Down/ You and I, EMI 2593. Rel: 4 March 1977 (UK #31).

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We Will Rock You/ We Are the Champions, EMI 2708. Rel.: 7 October 1977 (UK #2, US #4).

News of the World, EMI EMA 784. Rec.: July-September 1977, Basing Street Studios, Wessex Sound, London; rel.: 28 October 1977 (UK #4, US #3).

We Will Rock You [May]/ We Are the Champions [Mercury]/ Sheer Heart Attack [Taylor]/ All Dead, All Dead [May]/ Spread Your Wings [Deacon]/ Fight from the Inside [Taylor]// Get Down, Make Love [Mercury]/ Sleeping on the Sidewalk [May]/ Who Needs You [Deacon]/ It’s Late [May]/ My Melancholy Blues [Mercury].

1978

Spread Your Wings/ Sheer Heart Attack, EMI 2757. Rel.: 10 February 1978 (UK #34).

Bicycle Race/ Fat Bottomed Girls, EMI 2780. Rel.: 13 November 1978 (UK #11, US #24).

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Jazz, EMI EMA 788. Rec.: July-October 1978, Mountain Studios, Montreux, and Super Bear Studios, Berre-les-Alpes, France; rel.: 10 November 1978 (UK #2, US #6).

Mustapha [Mercury]/ Fat Bottomed Girls [May]/ Jealousy [Mercury]/ Bicycle Race/ If You Can’t Beat Them [Deacon]/ Let Me Entertain You [Mercury]// Dead on Time [May]/ In Only Seven Days [Deacon]/ Dreamers Ball [May]/ Fun It [Taylor]/ Leaving Home Ain’t Easy [May]/ Don’t Stop Me Now [Mercury]/ More of That Jazz [Taylor].

1979

Don’t Stop Me Now/ In Only Seven Days [More of That Jazz on non-UK singles], EMI 2910. Rel.: 5 January 1979 (UK #9, US #86).

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Live Killers, EMI EMC 3301/3302. Rec.: 26 January-1 March 1979 (primarily from Lyon, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich shows); rel.: 22 June 1979 (UK #3, US #16).

We Will Rock You/ Let Me Entertain You/ Death on Two Legs/ Killer Queen/ Bicycle Race/ I’m In Love With My Car/ Get Down, Make Love/ You’re My Best Friend// Now I’m Here/ Dreamer’s Ball/ Love of My Life/ ’39/ Keep Yourself Alive// Don’t Stop Me Now/ Spread Your Wings/ Brighton Rock// Bohemian Rhapsody/ Tie Your Mother Down/ Sheer Heart Attack/ We Will Rock You/ We Are the Champions/ God Save the Queen.

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love/ We Will Rock You, EMI 5001. Rel.: 5 October 1979 (UK #2, US #1).

1980

Save Me/ Let Me Entertain You (live)/ Sheer Heart Attack (live), EMI 5022. Rel. 25 January 1980 (UK #11).

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Play the Game/ A Human Body [Taylor], EMI 5076. Rel.: 30 May 1980 (UK #14, US #42).

Another One Bites the Dust/ Dragon Attack [Don’t Try Suicide, US single], EMI 5102. Rel.: 22 August 1980 (UK #7, US #1).

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The Game, EMI EMA 795. Rec.: June-July 1979 (“Crazy Little Thing,” “Save Me,” “Sail Away Sweet Sister”), February-May 1980, Musicland, Munich. Rel: 24 June 1980 (UK #1, US #1).

Play the Game [Mercury]/ Dragon Attack [May]/ Another One Bites the Dust [Deacon]/ Need Your Loving Tonight/ Crazy Little Thing Called Love [Mercury]// Rock It (Prime Jive) [Taylor]/ Don’t Try Suicide [Mercury]/ Sail Away Sweet Sister [May]/ Coming Soon [Taylor]/ Save Me [May].

Flash/ Football Fight, EMI 5126. Rel.: 24 November 1980 (UK #10, US #42).

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Flash Gordon OST, EMI EMC 3351. Rec.: February-March, October-November 1980, Town House, Music Center, Advision Studios; rel.: 8 December 1980 (UK #10, US #23).

Flash’s Theme [May]/ In the Space Capsule (Love Theme) [Taylor]/ Ming’s Theme (In the Court of Ming the Merciless) [Mercury]/ The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction of Dale)/ Football Fight/ In the Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise) [Taylor]/ Execution of Flash [Deacon]/ The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash) [Mercury, Blake]// Arboria (Planet of the Tree Men) [Deacon]/ Escape from the Swamp [Taylor]/ Flash to the Rescue [May]/ Vultan’s Theme (Attack of the Hawk Men) [Mercury]/ Battle Theme [May]/ Wedding March [Wagner, arr. May]/ Marriage of Dale and Ming (and Flash Approaching) [May, Taylor]/ Crash Dive on Mingo City [May]/ Flash’s Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations)/ The Hero [May, Blake].

1981

Under Pressure (Queen with David Bowie)/ Soul Brother, EMI 5250. Rec.: Mountain, Record Plant, July-August 1981; rel.: 26 October 1981 (UK #1, US #29).

1982

Body Language/ Life Is Real, EMI 5293. Rel.: 9 April 1982 (UK #25, US #11).

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Hot Space, EMA 797. Rec.: Mountain, Musicland, June 1981-March 1982; rel.: 21 May 1982 (UK #4, US #22).

Staying Power [Mercury]/ Dancer [May]/ Back Chat [Deacon]/ Body Language [Mercury]/ Action This Day [Taylor]// Put Out the Fire [May]/ Life Is Real (Song For Lennon) [Mercury]/ Calling All Girls [Taylor]/ Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love) [May]/ Cool Cat [Mercury, Deacon]/ Under Pressure [Bowie, Queen].

Las Palabras de Amor/ Cool Cat, EMI 5316. Rel.: 1 June 1982 (UK #17).

Back Chat/ Staying Power, EMI 5325. Rel.: 9 August 1982 (UK #40).

1984

Radio Ga Ga/ I Go Crazy [May], EMI QUEEN 1. Rel.: 23 January 1984 (UK #2, US #16).

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The Works, EMI EMC 240014 1. Rec.: August 1983-January 1984, Record Plant, Los Angeles, and Musicland; rel.: 27 February 1984 (UK #2, US #23).

Radio Ga Ga [Taylor]/ Tear It Up [May]/ It’s a Hard Life [Mercury]/ Man on the Prowl// Machines (or ‘Back to Humans’) [May, Taylor]/ I Want to Break Free [Deacon]/ Keep Passing the Open Windows [Mercury]/ Hammer to Fall [May]/ Is This the World We Created?…[May, Mercury].

I Want to Break Free/ Machines, EMI QUEEN 2. Rel.: 2 April 1984. [UK #3, US #45.]

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It’s a Hard Life/ Is This the World We Created?…, EMI QUEEN 3. Rel.: 16 July 1984 [UK #6, US #72.]

Hammer to Fall/ Tear It Up, EMI QUEEN 4. Rel.: 10 September 1984 [UK #13.]

Thank God It’s Christmas/ Man on the Prowl/ Passing the Open Windows, EMI QUEEN 5. Rel.: 26 November 1984 [UK #21.]

1985

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One Vision/ Blurred Vision, EMI QUEEN 6. Rel.: 4 November 1985 (UK #7, US #61).

1986

A Kind of Magic/ A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling [Taylor], EMI QUEEN 7. Rel.: 17 March 1986 (UK #3, US #42).

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A Kind of Magic, EMI CDP 7 46267 2. Rec.: September 1985–March 1986, Townhouse Studios, London; Musicland; Mountain; rel.: 2 June 1986 (UK #1, US #46).

One Vision [Queen]/ A Kind of Magic [Taylor]/ One Year of Love [Deacon]/ Pain Is So Close to Pleasure [Mercury, Deacon]/ Friends Will Be Friends [Mercury, Deacon]// Who Wants to Live Forever [May]/ Gimme the Prize (Kurgan’s Theme)/ Don’t Lose Your Head [Taylor]/ Princes of the Universe [Mercury].

Friends Will Be Friends/ [extended version], EMI QUEEN 8. Rel.: 9 June 1986 (UK #14).

Who Wants to Live Forever/ Killer Queen, EMI QUEEN 9. Rel.: 15 September 1986 (UK #24).

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Live Magic, EMI EMC 3519. Rec.: 11–12 July 1986, Wembley Stadium; 27 July 1986, Nepstadion, Budapest, Hungary; 9 August 1986, Knebworth Park, Stevenage. Rel.: 1 December 1986 (UK #3).

One Vision/ Tie Your Mother Down/ Seven Seas of Rhye/ A Kind of Magic/ Under Pressure/ Another One Bites the Dust// I Want to Break Free/ Is This the World We Created?/ Bohemian Rhapsody/ Hammer to Fall/ Radio Ga Ga/ We Will Rock You/ Friends Will Be Friends/ We Are the Champions/ God Save the Queen.

1989

I Want It All/ Hang On In There, Parlophone QUEEN 10. Rel.: 2 May 1989 (UK #3, US #50).

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The Miracle, Parlophone CDPC5D 107. Rec.: January 1988-February 1989, Olympic and Townhouse Studios, London; Mountain, Montreux; rel.: 22 May 1989 (UK #1, US #24).

Note: beginning with this album, all songs were credited to Queen. Songwriters in brackets are consensus picks as to primary composers.

Party [Mercury, May, Deacon]/ Khashoggi’s Ship [Queen]/ The Miracle [Mercury, Deacon]/ I Want It All [May]/ The Invisible Man [Taylor]// Breakthru [Mercury, Taylor]/ Rain Must Fall [Mercury, Deacon]/ Scandal [May]/ My Baby Does Me [Mercury, Deacon]/ Was It All Worth It [Mercury]. [CD-only tracks: Hang On In There/ Chinese Torture/ The Invisible Man (12″ version).]

Breakthru/ Stealin’, Parlophone QUEEN 11. Rel.: 19 June 1989 (UK #7).

The Invisible Man/ Hijack My Heart, Parlophone QUEEN 12. Rel.: 7 August 1989 (UK #12).

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Scandal/ My Life Has Been Saved, Parlophone QUEEN 14. Rel.: 9 October 1989 (UK #25).

The Miracle/ Stone Cold Crazy [live 1974]/ My Melancholy Blues [live 1977], Parlophone QUEEN 15 Rel.: 27 November 1989 (UK #21).

1991

Innuendo/ Bijou, Parlophone QUEEN 16. Rel.: 14 January 1991 (UK #1).

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Innuendo, Parlophone CDP 79 5887 2. Rec.: March 1989-November 1990, Metropolis Studios, London; Mountain. Rel.: 5 February 1991 (UK #1, US #30).

Innuendo [Mercury, Taylor]/ I’m Going Slightly Mad [Mercury]/ Headlong [May]/ I Can’t Live Without You [May]/ Don’t Try So Hard [May, Mercury]/ Ride the Wild Wind [Taylor]// All God’s People [Mercury, Moran]/ These Are the Days of Our Lives [Taylor]/ Delilah [Mercury]/ The Hitman [Mercury, May, Deacon]/ Bijou [Mercury, May]/ The Show Must Go On [May].

I’m Going Slightly Mad/ Lost Opportunity/ The Hitman, Parlophone QUEEN 17. Rel.: 4 March 1991 (UK #22).

Headlong/ Mad the Swine/ All God’s People, Parlophone QUEEN 18. Rel.: 13 May 1991 (UK #14).

The Show Must Go On/ Keep Yourself Alive, Parlophone QUEEN 19 . Rel.: 14 October 1991 (UK #16).

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These Are the Days of Our Lives/ Bohemian Rhapsody, Parlophone QUEEN 20. Rel.: 9 December 1991 (UK #1).

1995

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Made In Heaven, Parlophone 7243 8 36088 2 9. Rec.: (Mercury vocals, January-May 1991; overdubs: October 1993-February 1995). Rel: 5 November 1995 (UK #1, US #58).

It’s a Beautiful Day/ Made in Heaven/ Let Me Live/ Mother Love/ My Life Has Been Saved/ I Was Born to Love You/ Heaven for Everyone/ Too Much Love Will Kill You/ You Don’t Fool Me/ A Winter’s Tale/ It’s a Beautiful Day (Reprise) [“hidden” CD tracks: Yeah/ 13].