It’s amazing to think that no one wanted to sign Queen at one point, but it’s also not entirely surprising. Considering that they had previously been known as Smile before Freddie Mercury came along and hadn’t yet developed their signature sound it was easy to see that no one knew about them and no one cared. But when they developed that sound, hoo boy. When Freddie started busting out lyrics that immediately resonated with people and continued to grow as the power of his words echoed throughout each audience and was spoken of by so many, Queen’s popularity started to rise and rise until they were selling out concerts and had become a band that everyone wanted to follow. Even to this day if someone were to say an unkind word about the band or Freddie Mercury in particular there might be a dozen or more fans that would leap to their defense. That’s how important Queen became after a while.
Here are some of their songs as used in movies and TV.
5. Stranger Things – Hammer to Fall
It seems fair to say that a lot of us are looking forward to the next season of Stranger Things just to see what might be in store for the group and if Eleven will really begin to deteriorate as it was revealed in the second season or if she’ll find a way to beat whatever she has inside her that’s threatening to burn her up. It’s also going to be interesting to see what avenue of attack the creatures from the Upside Down use this time since with the closing of the breach there doesn’t seem to be any way that they could really penetrate the world without someone finding a way to let them in. The next season can’t come soon enough.
4. Cobra Kai – I Want It All
Speaking of shows that we’re waiting to see, Cobra Kai was something different in the Karate Kid saga that was actually kind of interesting to see. Not only were we given a reason for why Johnny was such a jerk in the original film, but it turns out that Daniel turned into kind of an arrogant jerk as well. Robbie an Miguel are going to be taking up the reins it seems in this show as the two that are bent upon besting one another in competition, but it almost seems as though Miguel might still have a chance to come back from being the aggressor to remembering what it felt like when others treated him in the same manner. We’ll have to wait and see, but the second season should hopefully be just as good.
3. Mighty Ducks 2 – We Will Rock You
This was enough to get your pulse pounding for a few seconds since the American team versus Iceland was a serious mismatch even in Pee Wee Hockey considering how much bigger the Iceland kids were. They were also taught to be much more aggressive however, and there’s no doubt that in the real world it would take more than Bash Brothers to really eke out a win if sheer size and physical force were the only determinants in such a game. But as per Disney’s story lines you can easily see how they would get away with the kind of things that occur in the movie, mostly because it’s just a lot of fun to watch.
2. Wayne’s World – Bohemian Rhapsody
This had to be one of the best inclusions of Queen in a movie, EVER. Sure Wayne’s World was a silly movie and taken right from the script of SNL, but at the time it was hilarious, and to be perfectly honest it’s still funny since it created something we’d seen before but in a way that it had never really been presented before. There are plenty of SNL sketches that have either been made into movies or have been toyed with as far as making a movie about it but this was one of the only rousing successes that managed to capture the attention of so many people and make them believe that Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey were comedic geniuses.
1. Pixels – We Will Rock You
First off I get it, a lot of people thought this movie sucked. Unfortunately a lot of those folks were probably those that have a severe Adam Sandler-bias that didn’t help their perception of the film. Being destroyed by an alien race that transforms everything into cubes of energy though isn’t the worst thing that’s ever been conceived. Anyone remember Mars Attacks? Anyway, the idea was sound, the acting wasn’t that great, and the whole movie was kind of, bleh. But this one scene in the movie in which Queen kind of dominates the tempo is absolutely great since it gets your heart pounding for at least a handful of seconds.
We will, we will, ROCK YOU! Also, who can forget the use of We Will Rock You in Revenge of the Nerds!