10 classic Queen songs you won’t hear on the radio
8. Tear It Up
By the 80s, Queen’s pop proclivities were threatening to swamp their rock’n’roll tendencies. But every so often they still managed to pull a nugget of gold out of the hat. With its near-metal riff and bullish vocal performance, this blast of energy from 1984’s otherwise-patchy The Works was one of the finest songs of the ’Tache Era, and proof there was life in the old dogs yet.
Okay, so it’s hardly a lost classic, but you’ll never hear the title track of their last album on the radio, if only for the fact that it lasts six-and-a-half minutes. It possesses the same ‘anything goes’ spirit as Bohemian Rhapsody, chucking in a bit of Kashmir, flamenco music and prog rock craziness for good measure. The sound of a band coming full circle and inventing Muse’s entire career while they were at it.
10. It’s Late
Saving the best ’til last… Let’s not mince words here: this isn’t just Queen’s greatest ‘forgotten‘ song, it’s the greatest song they ever recorded full stop. Buried at the back of 1977’s punk-baiting News Of The World, it’s a six-minute ball of tension which yokes a sweat-soaked Freddie Mercury vocal that crackles with sexual tension to the single best riff Brian May ever served up, while Roger Taylor gives it his best John Bonham impression behind the kit. Simple, effective, utterly glorious – you’ll be crying out for a cigarette when it’s done.