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6 of Freddie Mercury’s best songs on what would have been his 74th birthday

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Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury’s legacy is still felt and celebrated today. (Picture: Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

British rock music icon Freddie Mercury would have been celebrating his 74th birthday today on Saturday September 5.

The Queen frontman died of bronchopneumonia as a complication of AIDS on 24 November 1991 at the age of 45 at his home in Kensington, London.

Nearly 30 years after his death, Freddie is still celebrated as being one of the most talented and influential names in music history and his music is still loved by people all over the world.

Freddie Mercury’s best songs

Many music fans regard Freddie as one of the best lead singers in history, and he was responsible for various hit songs including Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, and We Are the Champions.

Here are some of his absolute fan favourites and most decorated records…

Bohemian Rhapsody

As well as being the band Queen’s most famous song and one of the UK’s biggest singles of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody is considered Freddie Mercury’s masterpiece and is still admired for it’s innovation and creativity.

Somebody to Love

Inspired by American gospel music and the Queen of Soul herself Aretha Franklin, Somebody to Love is a stunning song written by Freddie and performed with wonderful technique and range by Queen.

Don’t Stop Me Now

Originally released in 1979, Don’t Stop Me Now is one of Queen’s best-ever selling singles and encapsulates Freddie’s reputation for knowing how to have a really, really good time.

We Are The Champions

Now sung as a celebratory anthem in sports, Freddie’s We Are The Champions is as iconic now as it was in the 70s when it was first performed alongside Brian May’s We Will Rock You.

Love of My Life

Not as much of an anthem as Freddie and Queen’s hits above, this track also doesn’t feature in the top 20 of the band’s best selling singles. Nonetheless, the track inspired by his former-partner and lifelong friend Mary Austin, Love of My Life, is undeniably one of the best songs ever written by Freddie.

Barcelona

We thought about limiting this list to five songs (it is September 5 after all) but we couldn’t possibly leave this delightfully extra operatic ballad off the list. Barcelona was a song Freddie sang as part of a collaborative album with famed Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé, and after his death, it was featured at the 1992 Summer Olympics in – you guessed it – Barcelona.

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