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Classic Queen
Classic Queen, 1992
Released 2 March 1992 (US)
Recorded 1973 - 1991 at various studios
Length mm:ss
Label Hollywood Records (US)
Producer(s) Queen, variously with Roy Thomas Baker, John Anthony, David Bowie, Mack, and David Richards
Queen chronology
The 12" Collection
Classic Queen
Live At Wembley '86


Instead of releasing Greatest Hits II, which was culled significantly from UK hit singles released between 1981 and 1991, new Queen record company Hollywood Records compiled an odd hybrid of US radio hits, singles, and fan favorites and released it to capitalize on the sudden success of the use of Bohemian Rhapsody in "Wayne's World." There was little rhyme or reason to the songs selected: one was a US-only single (These Are The Days Of Our Lives), others were radio hits (I Want It All, Headlong), and others were just included for the sake of including them. While the appearance of Stone Cold Crazy was appreciated – Metallica's version had just won a Grammy award – the presence of One Year Of Love and Who Wants To Live Forever and the exclusion of Princes Of The Universe, a bigger "hit" than those two songs due to its use as the theme song to the TV series Highlander, is baffling. Regardless, the compilation worked, reaching #3 in the US and bringing Queen back to the North American consciousness, ten years after the last time they made any true impact there.


US CD version

  1. A Kind Of Magic
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody
  3. Under Pressure
  4. Hammer To Fall
  5. Stone Cold Crazy
  6. One Year Of Love
  7. Radio Ga Ga
  8. I'm Going Slightly Mad
  9. I Want It All
  10. Tie Your Mother Down
  11. The Miracle
  12. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
  13. One Vision
  14. Keep Yourself Alive
  15. Headlong
  16. Who Wants To Live Forever
  17. The Show Must Go On


  • Musicians:
John Deacon - bass guitar, keyboards
Brian May - guitars, vocals, keyboards
Freddie Mercury - vocals, piano, keyboards
Roger Taylor - drums, percussion, vocals, keyboards

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