Tag: progressive rock

Tuesday 8pm: Artist Countdown: Queen Top 30 Hits

queenQueen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen’s earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating further diverse styles into their music.

Before joining Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had been playing together in a band named Smile with bassist Tim Staffell. Freddie Mercury (then known by his birth name of Farrokh “Freddie” Bulsara) was a fan of Smile, and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques after Staffell’s departure in 1970. Mercury himself joined the band shortly thereafter, changed the name of the band to “Queen”, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was recruited prior to recording their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen enjoyed success in the UK with their debut and its follow-up, Queen II in 1974, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack later in 1974 and A Night at the Opera in 1975 that gained the band international success. The latter featured “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which stayed at number one in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks; it charted at number one in several other territories, and gave the band their first top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their 1977 album, News of the World, contained two of rock’s most recognizable anthems, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”.

By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, with “Another One Bites the Dust” their best selling single, and their performance at 1985’s Live Aid is regarded as one of the greatest in rock history. In 1991, Mercury died of pneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have occasionally performed together, including a collaboration with Free and Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers which ended in May 2009. Since 2011, May and Taylor have collaborated with vocalist Adam Lambert under the name of Queen + Adam Lambert. In late 2014, Queen will release a new album, Queen Forever, featuring vocals from the late Freddie Mercury.

The band have released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs. Estimates of their record sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. They received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. – Wikipedia

1 Radio Ga Ga
2 Bohemian Rhapsody
3 I Want to Break Free
4 Another One Bites the Dust
5 We Are the Champions 
6 Under Pressure (with David Bowie)
7 A Kind of Magic
8 Heaven for Everyone
9 I Want It All
10 Flash
11 Crazy Little Thing Called Love
12 Body Language
13 Innuendo
14 Killer Queen
15 Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls
16 The Show Must Go On
17 Somebody to Love
18 The Invisible Man
19 One Vision
20 Play the Game
21 You Don’t Fool Me
22 Breakthru
23 You’re My Best Friend
24 It’s a Hard Life
25 Friends Will Be Friends
26 A Winter’s Tale
27 Save Me
28 Who Wants to Live Forever
29 Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)
30 Now I’m Here

Artist Countdown: Supertramp Top 30 6pm ET @SupertrampBand

SupertrampSupertramp are an English rock band formed in 1969 under the name Daddy before renaming themselves in early 1970. Though their music was initially categorized as progressive rock, they have since incorporated a combination of traditional rock, pop and art rock into their music. The band’s work is marked by the songwriting of Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson and the use of Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone in their songs.

While the band’s early work was mainstream progressive rock, they would enjoy greater critical and commercial success when they incorporated more conventional and radio-friendly elements into their work in the mid-1970s, going on to sell more than 60 million albums. They reached their peak of commercial success with 1979’s Breakfast in America, which has sold more than 20 million copies.

Though their albums were generally far more successful than their singles, Supertramp did enjoy a number of major hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including “Bloody Well Right”, “Give a Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Goodbye Stranger”, “Take the Long Way Home”, “Dreamer”, “Breakfast in America”, “It’s Raining Again”, and “Cannonball”. The band attained significant popularity in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Australia. Since Hodgson’s departure in 1983, founder Rick Davies has led the band by himself. – Wikipedia

1 It’s Raining Again
2 The Logical Song
3 Give a Little Bit
4 Dreamer
5 Cannonball
6 Breakfast in America
7 Goodbye Stranger
8 Take the Long Way Home
9 You Win, I Lose
10 Bloody Well Right
11 My Kind of Lady
12 Crazy
13 School
14 Don’t Leave Me Now
15 I’m Beggin’ You
16 Ain’t Nobody But Me
17 Free as a Bird
18 Forever
19 Land Ho
20 Lady
21 Babaji
22 From Now On
23 Still in Love
24 Better Days
25 Listen to Me, Please
26 Lover Boy
27 Slow Motion
28 Gone Hollywood
29 Crime of The Century
30 Fools Overture