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Posted: 10 Jan 19, 09:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Has this been looked at so far here?

https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/best-songwriter-in-queen.798988/

Interesting so far.... Deacon second place!

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Posted: 10 Jan 19, 11:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John is underrated! Roger may be the "worst", but they're all good and most importantly, it's the band as a whole that made all songs as great as they are. It's understandable that there's a main force behind some songs, but in the end it's all about the band doing them.

I suppose you can say that Freddie was the "best" and Brian second, but I stand by what I just wrote above.

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Posted: 10 Jan 19, 14:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Paul Rodgers.


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Posted: 10 Jan 19, 14:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Golden Salmon wrote:

most importantly, it's the band that made all songs as great as they are.


100% agree.


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Posted: 10 Jan 19, 15:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie was /is the best song writer in Queen, for in the beginning it was his strong song writing that got the band into the limelight especially "Seven seas of Rhye" & "Killer Queen" John is second.

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Posted: 10 Jan 19, 17:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 10 Jan 19, 19:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is it not a matter of taste?

Got to agree, Freddie wrote some of the best but also some of the worst!



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Posted: 10 Jan 19, 20:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You could say due to the few songs Deaks wrote, he would have to be in the top half with songs that were hits/appeal/easy listening to most Queen/non-Queen fans. He was the most consistent writer when it comes to sticking to one general genre

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Posted: 10 Jan 19, 21:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd say quite easily:
Freddie
Brian
John
Roger

However, Roger has a talent for writing songs that suit his own voice which Brian doesn't possess as strongly. And I do have a special place in my heart for Spread Your Wings and the sweetness of some of John's songs.

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Posted: 11 Jan 19, 01:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger' s writing improved in the 80's, and he was primarily responsible for over half of 1984 and later top 10 hits.

Radio Ga Ga, One Vision, A Kind of Magic, Breakthru, These Are the Days of Our Lives, and Heaven for Everyone were all top 10 hits.

www.officialcharts.com/artist/21275/queen/


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Posted: 11 Jan 19, 08:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What means "best" in this case?
Talking about hits?

Are I want to break free and a kind of magic better songs than the prophets song and the millionaire waltz because they were single hits? Is a catchy song better than a complex arrangement?

In the end it's personal taste.

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Posted: 11 Jan 19, 12:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie/John


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Posted: 11 Jan 19, 13:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's got to be personal taste in the end but I would agree with Spiralstatic's listing - I would also add Roger's solo track Old Friends - his voice sounds great and the song really brings a tear to the eye (well mine anyway).

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Posted: 11 Jan 19, 17:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Each member of the band made some really great songs and on my lists of favorite Queen songs there are songs from all four members.

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Posted: 11 Jan 19, 18:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah while it's tempting to say Freddie and Brian's songs defined Queen, I'd rather listen to a Roger song when getting ready for a night out / leaving work on a Friday / playing Onrush


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Posted: 12 Jan 19, 02:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian, simply the best.

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Posted: 12 Jan 19, 02:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It had been said that the person writing the lyrics get the credit as the songwriter although music wise the other band members did help to refine song. The better gauge would be who is the best lyrics writer.

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Posted: 12 Jan 19, 13:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was never about coming up with great art in Queen's case, but writing hit singles. Thus, none of them deserves to be called the best songwriter, as they all wrote hits, which defined the band at certain stages. When it went more mainstream, it was John's and Roger's turn. And they delivered quite well...

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Posted: 12 Jan 19, 15:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

tcc wrote:

It had been said that the person writing the lyrics get the credit as the songwriter although music wise the other band members did help to refine song. The better gauge would be who is the best lyrics writer.


That was an oversimplification to say the least. According to Frederick, it was he who wrote the lyrics to 'Is this the World We Created', yet it still got credited to both of them (as Brian came up with the chords).


John hated Hot Space. Frederick's favourite singer was not Paul Rodgers. Rog didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Wales is not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 vox.