Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition

Music review by
Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Bombastic rock group's finest moments, and then some.

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Positive Messages

Amid all the messages you probably don't want your kids taking to heart, there are endearingly sweet ones about friendship ("You're My Best Friend"), yearning for love ("Somebody to Love"), and other universal human emotions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While most of the characters here don't descend to the level of the tragicomic antihero of "Bohemian Rhapsody," who wails to his mother about a murder he's just committed for no apparent reason, or the insatiable title character in "Killer Queen," this Greatest Hits album is not the place to go looking for laudable people. Still, some songs find their protagonists working their way through life's troubles in a positive, upbeat fashion.

Violence

The violence here is delivered with a hefty dose of comedy, so it's not to be taken entirely seriously, but "Bohemian Rhapsody" involves a protagonist who shoots another man and is now on the run from the law, causing operatic hijinks. "Another One Bites the Dust" involves machine-gun violence to a disco beat.

Sex

There's more innuendo and bawdiness than explicit sex. "Fat Bottomed Girls," in which the narrator forms his sexual preferences in the nursery thanks to his obese nanny's care, is, to say the least, politically incorrect; "Killer Queen," with its "let them eat cake" line and various geographical sex metaphors, is more nudge-nudge-wink-wink than obscene. 

Language

Lots of sexual innuendo, but no language issues to set off the censors of the day.

Consumerism

One song is "I'm in Love With My Car."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and smoking occur within the lyrics of these songs. The partaking characters are, for the most part, adults; the settings are sometimes decadent, sometimes not.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition contains lots of sexual innuendo ("Killer Queen") and plain old bawdy bad taste ("Fat Bottomed Girls"), as well as tragicomic operatic gun violence ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), smoking, drinking, but no swearing -- and it's all delivered with a level of seriousness akin to that of contemporaries Monty Python. You'll also find sweet, romantic pop ballads and the iconic "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions," soundtrack of innumerable athletic and political contests, not to mention commercials. One-of-a-kind, huge-voiced frontman Freddie Mercury (who famously died young of AIDS in 1991) is prancy, posturing, pathetic, or powerful as the occasion demands.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bymoviewannabe November 23, 2013

First heard of Queen when I was little

Amazing songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Flash", "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions", "Fat Bottomed Girls" and... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 24, 2015

Queen At Their Best!

Great album! But if i were you, i would skip fat bottomed girls.

What's the story?

Critics loved to hate Queen, which didn't stop the band from selling millions of records, in the United States and especially in the UK, in the '70s and '80s. Never ones to take themselves or anything else entirely seriously, Queen had a strong element of campy comedy in some of their biggest hits (notably \"Bohemian Rhapsody,\" \"Killer Queen,\" \"Another One Bites the Dust\"). But whatever their original intent, a lot of these songs helped define the era, and the anthem \"We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions,\" took on a whole new life in the following decades.

Is it any good?

GREATEST HITS: WE WILL ROCK YOU EDITION could probably have been pared a bit for U.S. tastes, as it includes a number of tunes that were greater hits in Britain than America. But it includes all the band's defining moments, including those that have worked their way into various corners of pop culture -- notably their biggest hit, "Bohemian Rhapsody," which only got bigger after it turned up in the movie Wayne's World, and stadium rocker "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions," long a staple in sports, politics, and commercials.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the '70s seemed to be a period of such excess in art and personal lifestyles.

  • What do you think "Bohemian Rhapsody" is about? As one young listener once asked, why are they yelling "Galileo! Galileo!"? What does Galileo have to do with any of this?

  • Why do you think this band was so popular with fans and got no respect from critics?

Music details

  • Artist: Queen
  • Release date: August 17, 2004
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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