Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, I Want to Break Free, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites the Dust, etc. the list of songs by Queen speaks for itself. The Freddie Mercury-led band from London, UK, shook the world with their iconic hits from 1973 to 1991.
More than 25 years after the passing of Freddie their valuable catalog remains hot. As much as we are tempted to believe the band was massive from day 1 until the end, in reality their career wasn’t that easy. They grew album after album until making it big time with their fourth album A Night at the Opera in 1975. It contained their breakthrough smash Bohemian Rhapsody. The follow-up, A Day at the Races was seen as some kind of disappointment at first, News of the World was huge, Jazz average, The Game huge in some places and weak in others, Flash Soundtrack flopped, as did Hot Space. From the 80s, they never recovered their success in the US while it took them a long time before selling an noteworthy album figures in France and Italy… You get the picture. Their career was similar to Bohemian Rhapsody with epic moments and others fairly quiet.
Along with the ups and downs, among the Classic Rock groups Queen also never received the immaculate press that accompanied the likes of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Their success isn’t rated nearly as high as them either, Queen are instead put alongside the likes of U2, the Eagles and AC/DC. Where do they really rank according to the facts? What are the biggest hits among all their golden tracks? Which albums are the most successful once the sales of compilations they generated are factored in?
As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge their results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Queen‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.