Can You Guess the Queen Song From One Line?



By: Lauren Lubas

6 Min Quiz

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In one of the most diverse musical libraries of all time, British rock band Queen delivered decades of hits that rocked us, shocked us and knocked us on our butts. Never before had a rock band brought in genres that we once thought were dead. And it didn't stop there. Queen created music together ... not only as a band but as a family. With members like Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and the legendary Freddie Mercury as its frontman, this band was unstoppable until the death of the beloved lead singer.

No band made it more clear that rock music could be about both the fans and the art than Queen, and their hit songs shaped generations of listeners and fans. These songs range in both sound and tone. If you consider yourself to be the ultimate Queen fan — or you just really like their music — let's see just how much of a Queenie you are. We found 40 of their songs, some of them are big hits, and others are deep cuts, but we want to know if you can guess the names of these songs. Here's the catch: We're only going to give you one line. Can you handle it? Take this quiz to find out.

In this song, Freddie Mercury sings "Ooh, you make me live." Do you know the title?

Written by John Deacon, the band's bass guitarist, this song is up-beat and almost poppy. Queen always had a way of bringing in the different sounds of the time to create music that people still enjoy today.


"Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this?" are lyrics in which song?

This timeless song has a beat listeners have to bob their heads to. Although the dark lyrics come through, it's a song that everyone can appreciate, despite their musical tastes or preferences.


Do you know which song ends with the lyrics, "Somebody find me, find me love"?

Queen was well-known for their rock songs, but it is clear that their ballads are what last forever. When you listen to this song, you can hear the pain in Mercury's voice as every note is delivered.


"Gunpowder, gelatine, dynamite with a laser beam" are lyrics in this song. Can you name it?

There's something about mixing a rock sound with a Broadway beat. "Killer Queen" mashed these sounds along with Mercury's singular voice with ease and created the ultimate song in "Killer Queen" (1974).


This anthem begins with "Buddy, you're a boy, make a big noise" ... can you name it?

If "We Are The Champions" was a sports ballad, "We Will Rock You" functions as an anthem for sports lovers. This song delivers a powerful message to adversaries about triumph, no matter what the stakes.


Which song begins with the question "Is this the real life?"

What made Queen so unique as a band wasn't just their relationship with each other, it was also their sound. Though record producers didn't want to make "Bohemian Rhapsody" a hit, fans decided otherwise.


"I've fallen in love for the first time, and this time I know it's for real" is a line from what Queen song?

Music videos were all the rage in 1984, but when the members of Queen dressed up as women and sang "I Want To Break Free" in a music video, certain members of society were a little peeved. It goes down as one of the most interesting videos of all time.


Can you name the song that opens like this: "I've paid my dues"?

"We Are The Champions" functions both as a ballad and a pure rock song. Although it was released in 1977, it made a sweeping comeback in the '90s after it was featured in "The Mighty Ducks" (1992).


In which song does Mercury sing "The bad things in life were so few"?

No, it's not the daytime soap opera. This song is actually a reflection on how things change as you grow older. It's a ballad that still holds water today, though it isn't one of Queen's more popular songs.


"One flesh, one bone, one true religion" are lyrics in which song by Queen?

"One Vision" (1985) is a song about tolerance and bringing everyone together. It didn't matter who you were or how you felt about anything, you could come together with anyone around you, and life would be better.


Which song includes the lyrics "Come on and sit on my hot-seat of love"?

Although Freddie Mercury never really defined himself as gay or straight, he did express love for all people. While "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy" might allude to his sexuality, other band members don't think of his sexuality in a binary way.


The lyrics "It's the terror of knowing what the world is about" are in which song?

Although we generally associate "Under Pressure" with David Bowie, he originally worked with Queen in 1981 to record the single. It was then added to Queen's "Hot Space" album in 1982.


"Oh oh, people of the earth, listen to the warning" is how which hard Queen song begins?

Some of Queen's hardest songs were written by guitarist Brian May. This song is no different. In "The Prophet's Song," we hear a darkness within a choral sound that is haunting, yet beautiful.


Can you name the song with these lyrics: "I gave them all those old-time stars"?

1984 was an interesting year for Queen. They released videos that pushed envelopes across the board. In the "Radio Ga Ga" video, they provided stunning visuals against the government and how information is delivered.


Who was the "born on the 21st of May"?

Defining Queen's earliest sounds, "Great King Rat" was one of their most intense songs. With fast lyrics, a faster beat and rock music in its purest form, this song was a clear definition of rock music of the 1970s.


"Here we are, born to be kings" is the opening line to which Queen song?

"Fighting to survive in a war with the darkest power!" "Princes of the Universe" (1986) was another song written for the "Highlander" motion picture soundtrack. The music video even includes scenes from the movie.


In which hit song does Mercury sing "Hey, I was just a skinny lad"?

Each member of Queen wrote songs for the band. "Fat Bottomed Girls" was written by Brian May, the band's guitarist. While many people don't necessarily go to this song, when it comes on, everyone sings it.


Can you name the song that has these lyrics: "There's no chance for us, it's all decided for us"?

Written for the movie "Highlander" in 1986, the song came back after Mercury's death. It's a beautiful song that reveals pain, suffering and a darkness in the truth that we all must die.


Can you name the song that begins with the line "Here we stand or here we fall"?

Though there isn't a certain interpretation of this song, the majority of music lovers and Queen fans agree that it is calling out nuclear war and the affects of bomb testing. However, most people simply listen to the song because it rocks.


Which song has the line "The waiting seems eternity, the day will dawn of sanity"?

With the sounds and whimsy that Queen delivered in the past, it was only a matter of time before they included magical elements in their lyrics and music. The music video for this song even included special effects that weren't considered at the time.


"Sleeping very soundly on a Saturday morning" is how which song begins?

Anyone looking for an extremely fast song that brings in every element of rock music has to listen to "Stone Cold Crazy" (1974). This song delivers everything that defines rock music and shows off the intensity that Queen could deliver.


Do you remember the song with the line "You say bark, I say bite" in it?

"Bicycle Ride" is one of those songs that you can jam to, but it's more about finding inspiration pretty much everywhere. Freddie Mercury wrote the song after watching the Tour de France ride past his hotel room.


"In a cradle all night, it swings (woo woo)" are lyrics in this Queen song. Do you know the title?

Legend has it, Freddie Mercury wrote "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in under 10 minutes ... while he was in a bubble bath. It's an impressive feat because the song has been revisited by several different artists.


Which Queen song has the line "You're such a dirty louse, go get outta my house"?

"Tie Your Mother Down" was originally recorded in 1977. Although the song only peaked at No. 31 in the United Kingdom, many fans believe that this was Queen's ultimate rock song that got away.


This song has the line "I was told a million times of troubles in my way." Do you know what it's called?

The first song on Queen's debut album is "Keep Yourself Alive" (1973). While their first album doesn't necessarily have their top hits, it was such an epic album that the band gained ground and fans around the world.


Which song has the line "put them in the cellar with the naughty boys" in it?

We realize that the lyrics of this song are sung so quickly, it may have been difficult to actually catch this line. However, true Queen fans know that this is one of the most fun songs the band ever released.


This song begins with the line "Adventure seeker on an empty street." Can you name it?

"I want it all, and I want it now!" Few bands could begin a song the way that Queen did. This later song gives us a glimpse into the power that Queen could deliver in their lyrics and music.


Do you remember the song that has this line: "I clothed myself in your glory and your love"?

No one's voice can express heartbreak the way that Freddie Mercury's did. In "Save Me" (1979), we hear a call to a lost love for help. It might seem like a depressing song, but it gives a message of renewal and starting over.


"You've broken my heart and now you leave me" is a line in which Queen song?

Queen is no stranger to sad songs, and Freddie Mercury was no stranger to heartbreak. In "Love Of My Life" (1975), we hear nothing but pain, suffering and heartbreak through the instruments and Mercury's voice.


Can you name the song with the opening line "I have sinned, dear father"?

The original title for the song "Liar" was "Lover." It was also the first song that forced the band to have a discussion on who would receive songwriting credits on the albums. After the discussion, the band agreed to give specific credits to the individual writers.


"The postman delivered a letter from your lover" is a line in which Queen song?

"Friends Will Be Friends" was written by John Deacon and Freddie Mercury. The song is all about what a true friend does for you in your time of need. The lyrics are simple, and the sounds are a clear transition from the '70s to the '80s.


Can you name the song that ends with "For my life, still ahead, pity me"?

Queen's library dips into nearly every genre of music. In "'39" (1975), we hear tones of bluegrass, folk and blues. It's truly a mashup song that can get your toes tapping in just the first few beats.


Do you know which song begins with these lyrics: "I'm just the pieces of the man I used to be"?

When you listen to this song the first time, you might get a little feeling that Peter Cetera had a hand in writing it. However, the song was written by Brian May. Though it was recorded in 1988, it didn't make it to an album until 1995.


Do you know which song has this line: "A baby I was when you took my hand"?

The 1975 album, "Sheer Heart Attack," gave a stark contrast from the band's previous album. This is what Queen was all about: evolving with the time and well past the times. Their sounds were ahead of their time, and "Now I'm Here" was no exception.


"Happy little day, Jimmy went away" is the opening line to this Queen song. Can you name it?

If you're looking for a whole new sound to come out of Queen, you won't be disappointed when you listen to "Brighton Rock" (1974). The song is fast and difficult to understand, but it definitely has a unique sound that rocks ... hard.


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