Queen Favorites Songbook

The Queen Favorites songbook features nine selections including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "The Show Must Go On," "We Are the Champions," and "Another One Bites the Dust." These piano solo arrangements by Jennifer Eklund are appropriate for intermediates and up.

Queen Favorites Songbook

🇬🇧 About Queen

Queen, the legendary British rock band formed in 1970, embarked on a meteoric musical journey that spanned over two decades and left an indelible mark on the music industry. Led by the charismatic Freddie Mercury on vocals, Brian May on guitar, John Deacon on bass, and Roger Taylor on drums, Queen’s unique blend of rock, pop, and opera elements led to their iconic sound. Their early albums showcased a diverse range of styles, and it was their 1975 release, “A Night at the Opera,” featuring the epic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” that catapulted them to international fame. The band’s innovative music videos and electrifying live performances became synonymous with their brand, and their ability to seamlessly traverse genres kept them at the forefront of popular music. Despite facing periods of experimentation and shifts in musical trends, Queen’s resilience and continued creativity maintained their prominence until Mercury’s untimely death in 1991. Their music continues to captivate new generations, solidifying Queen’s status as one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of all time.

Following Mercury’s passing, the surviving members collaborated on a series of tribute concerts and albums, celebrating his legacy and raising funds for AIDS research. The band also briefly collaborated with various guest vocalists. However, it was in 2004 that Queen found a new permanent vocalist in Paul Rodgers, formerly of Bad Company. This collaboration resulted in new tours and studio work. In 2011, the band joined forces with Adam Lambert as lead vocalist, a partnership that reinvigorated their live performances and introduced their music to a fresh audience. Queen + Adam Lambert continued to tour extensively, delivering the band’s classic hits to sold-out arenas around the world. With a career marked by innovation, showmanship, and timeless hits, Queen’s legacy endures as a symbol of artistic brilliance and rock ‘n’ roll excellence.

🎶 Queen Favorites Songbook

The following songs are included in the Queen Favorites songbook. These are all available as separate singles, but you get the most value by purchasing the whole collection. All of these arrangements are appropriate for intermediates and up.

  1. Under Pressure
  2. Another One Bites the Dust
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody
  4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  5. Don’t Stop Me Now
  6. Love of My Life
  7. The Show Must Go On
  8. We Are the Champions
  9. Bohemian Rhapsody (Lyrical Themes Version)

🎹 Watch a performance of selections from the songbook:

Let’s dive deeper with some more details about a few of my personal favorites from the Queen Favorites songbook:

“Another One Bites the Dust” (1980)

“Another One Bites the Dust” is a popular song by the British rock band Queen. Released in 1980, it became one of the band’s most recognizable and successful tracks. The song was written by Queen’s bassist John Deacon and has a distinct funk and disco-inspired sound, different from the band’s typical rock style.

The song’s infectious bassline, played by John Deacon, is one of its defining features and has become iconic in its own right. The lyrics tell a story of confrontation and challenge, with phrases like “Another one bites the dust” serving as a metaphor for someone facing defeat or downfall. The song’s rhythmic and repetitive nature contributed to its wide appeal and danceable quality, making it a hit on both rock and dance charts.

“Another One Bites the Dust” was initially met with skepticism from some members of Queen’s management and record label, as it diverged from their usual rock sound. However, the song’s success was undeniable. It reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, becoming the band’s best-selling single and spending three weeks at number one. The song’s popularity extended internationally, solidifying Queen’s status as a globally recognized and diverse musical act.

“Under Pressure” (1981)

Ice, ice, (oh wait) wrong tune…

“Under Pressure” is a collaborative song by the British rock band Queen and singer David Bowie. Originally released in October 1981 as a single, it was later included on Queen’s 1982 album “Hot Space.” The song quickly rose to the top of the UK Singles Chart, becoming Queen’s second number-one hit in the UK and Bowie’s third. Its success extended globally, charting in the top 10 in over 10 countries.

The song’s distinctive sound and emotional impact have contributed to its lasting popularity. It’s regarded as a standout track on the “Hot Space” album, characterized by a blend of rock and pop influences. The song’s composition reflects its improvisational origins, with elements of scat singing showcasing the initial jam sessions between the artists. Notably, the bassline, often debated in terms of its creator, was contributed by John Deacon.

“Under Pressure” has received widespread acclaim from critics and music enthusiasts alike. It has been recognized as one of the best songs of the ’80s, and its profound impact is evident in its inclusion on various “greatest songs of all time” lists. The music video, directed by David Mallet, combines stock footage with themes of pressure and societal turmoil, enhancing the song’s message.

“We Are the Champions” (1977)

“We Are the Champions” is a celebrated anthem by the British rock band Queen, known for its rousing and triumphant sound. The song was written by Queen’s lead vocalist Freddie Mercury and was released in 1977 as part of the album “News of the World.” It has since become one of Queen’s most iconic and enduring tracks.

The song’s powerful and anthemic chorus, with its memorable refrain “We are the champions, my friends, And we’ll keep on fighting ‘til the end,” has made it a staple at sporting events, victory celebrations, and moments of triumph around the world. The song’s message of perseverance, unity, and overcoming challenges resonates with people from all walks of life.

“We Are the Champions” showcases Freddie Mercury’s exceptional vocal range and emotive delivery. The combination of his voice, Brian May’s guitar work, John Deacon’s bassline, and Roger Taylor’s drumming contributes to the song’s dynamic and impactful sound. The song’s structure builds from a heartfelt ballad-like opening to an anthemic crescendo, creating a sense of empowerment and unity.

Upon its release, “We Are the Champions” achieved commercial success, reaching the top of the charts in various countries. It has remained a fixture in popular culture and has been covered, sampled, and referenced in numerous ways over the years. Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985, which included “We Are the Champions,” is considered one of the band’s most legendary live moments.

“Don’t Stop Me Now” (1979)

“Don’t Stop Me Now” is an upbeat and energetic song by the British rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury, the song was released in 1979 as part of the album “Jazz.” It has become one of Queen’s most popular and enduring tracks, known for its lively melody and enthusiastic lyrics.

“Don’t Stop Me Now” is notable for its blend of rock and pop elements, with a touch of glam and a hint of disco influence. Brian May’s guitar work, John Deacon’s bassline, and Roger Taylor’s drumming contribute to the song’s energetic and captivating sound. The song’s instrumentation and arrangement contribute to its feel-good atmosphere, making it a popular choice for parties, sports events, and feel-good movie soundtracks.

Over the years, “Don’t Stop Me Now” has become one of Queen’s most recognized and celebrated songs. It has been featured in various forms of media, including movies, TV shows, commercials, and video games. The song’s timeless appeal and universal themes of joy and empowerment have led to its continued popularity and frequent use in pop culture.

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Jennifer Eklund
Written by Jennifer Eklund
Jennifer Eklund holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music from California State University, Long Beach. She is an avid arranger, composer, and author of the Piano Pronto® method books series as well as a wide variety of supplemental songbooks. She is also a Signature Artist with Musicnotes.com with a large catalog of popular music titles for musicians of all levels.


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