8 Underrated Queen Songs That You Should Add To Your Playlist

8 Underrated Queen Songs That You Should Add To Your Playlist

Queen songs that our generation needs to stop sleeping on.

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If you're amongst the new wave of Queen fans after the new biopic film "Bohemian Rhapsody" came out, you may know a good amount of classic Queen songs. "Killer Queen", "Another One Bites the Dust", "We Will Rock You", etc.

While those are all classic songs that I hope everyone gets introduced to at some point in their lives, there are some Queen songs I truly feel like have been slept on by my generation. These songs were popular in their day, for those of you who were around for that era, but I genuinely don't know why people my age aren't talking about them.


'39 - A Night at the Opera

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This is the first song that I believe isn't getting enough recognition. Written by Queen's lead guitarist Brian May, '39, "The song follows the story of a group of space explorers, who go, (to their knowledge) on a year long voyage, only to find out that 100 years have passed, because of Einstein's time dilation effect in his "special theory of relativity," and their friends and family are now passed away or have aged.
It's certainly more iconic than people give it credit for, and in Queen's biopic film "Bohemian Rhapsody", they actually had recorded a scene of the actors performing the song live, however they decided not to include it in the film.

Teo Torriatte (Let Us All Cling Together) - A Day at the Races

https://www.discogs.com/Queen-Teo-Torriatte-Let-Us-Cling-Together/release/3392774

Teo Torriatte has two choruses sung in Japanese, and Queen actually released it as a single in Japan alone. This song features a plastic piano and harmonium, both played by the lead guitarist Brian May.

Mustapha - Jazz

https://www.discogs.com/Queen-Mustapha/release/2236965

According to Circus magazine, Mustapha is an "up tempo Arabic rocker," and was written by Freddie Mercury.

My Melancholy Blues - News of the World

https://www.amazon.com/News-World-Queen/dp/B000000OAC

This song was also written by Freddie Mercury, and includes no backing vocals or guitar, and relates more to a jazz tune than a blues — despite the title.

Flick of the Wrist - Sheer Heart Attack

https://flinterfiles.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/song-of-the-day-21-january-2015/

Written by Freddie Mercury, the song mentions an 'unpleasant character,' and he never mentioned who it was based on, if anyone. The chorus includes a call and response style with a back and lead vocal.

Innuendo - Innuendo

https://www.discogs.com/Queen-Innuendo/release/889990

This song Innuendo was written by Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor. Opening track on the album with the same name, in the U.K. single charts it went to #1 in January of '91.
If you thought Bohemian Rhapsody was long, this song is even longer, exceeding it by a whooping 35 seconds.
The song features lyrics about Freddie Mercury's battle with AIDS, which he was denying to the public, however he would pass away of an AIDS related Pneumonia just 10 months after the release.

Calling All Girls - Hot Space

https://www.queenonlinestore.com/Queen/CD/Hot-Space-Remastered-Deluxe-Edition/0L4S0JNN0VZ

This song was written by Queen's drummer Roger Taylor. This was the first Roger Taylor-penned song to be released as a single, although it was only released in a select few countries.

I'm in Love with My Car - A Night at the Opera

http://www.45cat.com/bigartist/queen/xa/49

If you've just seen the new biopic film, then you know all too well about this track written by Roger Taylor. If you don't know, the making and release of this song has a comical backstory. When the band was deciding which song to release as their first single, Bohemian Rhapsody would be on the A side of the record and Taylor urged for I'm in Love with my Car to be on the B side, and locked himself in a cupboard until the rest of the band agreed. A lot of people make fun of it but I think it's a bop.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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