Queen

U is for Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie

I grew up listening to Queen and David Bowie thanks to my mum – I have an eclectic taste in music and my mum’s favourite music was definitely a formative influence on my own taste.

Under Pressure is so great because you get two incredible vocalists in one song. Freddie Mercury’s voice is iconic and with Bowie’s unique voice as well you’ve got an amazing duet.

The scat singing that’s present throughout the song makes it feel like these two artists are just jamming together, improvising and having fun. The baseline in Under Pressure has become one of the most easily recognisable baseline’s in music. It’s used in Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby and I’m sure there’s people of a certain age that know it from Vanilla Ice’s song rather than the original – but that’s the power of music I suppose.

I think I like Under Pressure so much because it brings together two brilliant artists in one catchy and memorable song. The combination of artists is probably why I like Dancing in the Street by David Bowie and Mick Jagger so much too.

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Q is for Queen

No, not her majesty of Great Britain but Queen the band. Even though Freddie Mercury dies just a couple of months after I was born, I’ve grown up listening to his music. This is thanks to my mum, she’s a huge Queen fan so she’d have the cassette tapes (then the CD’s) playing in the car when I was little. We would sing along and it cemented my love for the band.

I think it’s brilliant that so many Queen songs have become an everyday part of our lives. We Are the Champions is sung at spot events, and so many of their songs have been featured in films. Bohemian Rhapsody in Wayne’s World, Somebody to Love in Ella Enchanted, We Will Rock You in A Knight’s Tale and so many more. It always puts a smile on my face when I hear a Queen song in a film or TV show.

It’s pretty impossible to choose a favourite Queen song, there’s so many of them that I even forget a few of them. I love the headbangers, the proper sing-along songs and the ballads, I love them all. So, I had to go with a medley of songs and what better than Queen’s performance at Live Aid in 1985. I love watching their performance, Freddie Mercury has the audience in the palm of his hand and I love when they all clap along in perfect time to Radio Ga Ga – both in the audience at Wembley and all the way in Philadelphia. The Audience Improve part gives me shivers every time I see it.