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Posted: 29 Dec 05, 23:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

well who does brian(tie ur mother down)roger(radio gaga)john(anotherone bites the dust)freddie(we are the champions)or Queen(headlong)
I think brian because most of his songs are hits


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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 01:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian wrote Headlong. And why do you judge about songs by their chart positions? John wrote their best selling single ever and # 1 hit in USA, but it doesn't make AOBTD the best Queen song.

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 01:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lyrically, I hold in my personal opinion that Brian wrote the best songs. In fact, I find him to be one of the best lyricists I have ever come across in the rock community. I find him even superior to Dylan or Lennon or Young or anyone else I could think of. The problem is, as he was not Queen's frontman, he receives little or no credit for his lyrical prowess.

Music, however, is generally a collaborative effort - no matter who a particular song is credited to. So in this case, I'll have to say that QUEEN composed the best songs.


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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 04:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Overall, Freddie wrote the best songs, edging Brian a bit, for me that is. I think Freddie showed such raw, over the top talent. Brian was more versatile than the others, writing all types of stuff. Roger is as good now as F and B, but it took him a career to develop. Deacon was a very strong writer with only his quantity of songs limiting him. As a band, Queen was just the same as before, but with more of an urge for each member to take control beyond just there own instrumental contribution.

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 05:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 06:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love all Roger Taylor songs! Especially the ones on "JAZZ"! And Brian`s are realy great too! I think he wrote alot of great songs, which became hits!

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 08:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I seem to be liking Brians songs at the moment my current favourites are Sail Away Sweet Sister, '39, She Makes Me and Hammer To Fall. I think Brian was probably the best lyricist out of them all..but hey I love Rogers songs too and Freddies and Johns.

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 09:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Each of their songs are SPECIAL in their own SPECIAL way!......SPECIAL! lol


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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 10:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd say it's close between Freddie and Brian (IMO neither Roger nor John would compare as lyricists). Freddie's lyrics are just sometimes so downright strange and captivating you have to think that it's pure genius. March of the Black Queen comes to mind. For maybe not-so-bizarre lyrics, but great ones nonetheless, songs like Nevermore or Life is Real come to mind.

However, that aside, I really think Brian is superior when it comes to lyrics. Freddie has said that he does not like writing lyrics and that they do not come easily to him (not to say that he is not good at them, but...). Brian on the other hand, his lyrics are poetic - immensely so, in the same vein as the Dylans and Lennons - and they are also very intelligent.

'39; All Dead; Brighton Rock (awesome yet poetic lyrics!); Las Palabras de Amor; It's Late; Teo Torriate; No One But You; Save Me; The Prophet's Song; Too Much Love Will Kill You; White Queen (oh-so-poetic); Who Wants to Live Forever, inter alia...shows his diversity and his poetic ability.

Now although Freddie's lyrics might be better known ("I don't want to die/I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all"...or ) I think his music really adds an extra dimension to his lyrics. Were it not for the breathtaking music of Bohemian Rhapsody the lyrics would've been rather prosaic. Brian May's lyrics, on the other hand, are great all by themself. Two of my faves:

"Jenny will you stay tarry with me pray
Nothing 'ere need come between us
Tell me love what do you say?
Oh no I must away to my mum in disarray
If my mother should discover how I spent my holiday
It would be of small avail to talk of magic in the air
I'll say farewell"

and

"My goddess hear my darkest fear
I speak too late
It's for evermore that I wait
Dear friend goodbye
No tears in my eyes
So sad it ends as it began"

WOW! I love his lyrics.


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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 11:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Best Music- Freddie (except I really adored his lyrics in Death On Two Legs)

Best Lyrics- John

IMO

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 11:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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"My goddess hear my darkest fear
I speak too late
It's for evermore that I wait
Dear friend goodbye
No tears in my eyes
So sad it ends as it began"



I love those lyrics! White Queen seems to be becoming one of my favourite songs.

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 11:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie!! come on he wrote bohemian rhapsody and those are the best lyrics ever in my opinion...and Brian is amazing too!! John is awesome also, Rogers good but I wouldnt say hes as good as the others!

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 11:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Roger is better than John, for songs like I'm In Love With My Car and SHEER HEART ATTACK (my fave of his!).


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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 11:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i've alway's liked Freddie Mercury, then Brian May, Roger Taylor then John Deacon.

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 11:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Freddie wrote the best songs, the ones that really stood out e.g BR, MW MOTBQ, DSMN but Brian wrote the least bad songs if you see what I'm getting at. He was very consistent and I like all of his apart from the bland folk stuff he used to write and Machines' Back To Humans.

Lyrically, Brian is excellent. I think Roger's written some weak ones e.g Action This Day, Rock It (Prime Jive), Don't lose Your head but then again he was behind such classics as Sheer Heart Attack, TATDOOL and Radio Ga ga so they were all good I think.


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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 12:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie, of course!

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 14:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can't decide between them because their styles are so different. Freddie's complexity was amazing. No one wrote better pop songs within the group than John. And Brian's songs are always lyrically incredible. I do think, however, that Roger's songs were consistently weaker than the others'.

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 17:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie was a song-writing genius until 1976.

After that he was pretty naff apart from about 3 songs - a steep decline.

Brian, Roger and John were consistently very good.

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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 19:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie, he was one in a million!! He used to say that he hated to write lyrics, but the way he wrote them are amazing. He wrote many songs in parables. Sometimes without a meaning or to difficult to understand....What is Lily of the Valley about? talking about kingdomes and serpents, Galileos and figaros on Bo Rha; he thought he was a banana tree and 1001 yellow daffodils were dancing in front of us (uh?) 'Slightly Mad', etc etc. His mind was simply a step above the rest....


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Posted: 30 Dec 05, 20:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"White Queen" shows poetic prowess comparable to just about any great poet, lyricist, etc. I have yet to experience. It's my absolute favorite when it comes to that. It definitely takes the cake in the genre of rock, or all of popular music, and that is for sure.


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