Sunday, April 24, 2011


Queen (in 1975)
The British armed forces are massive fans of rock and metal – they’ve listed 165 tracks from the wide-ranging genre in their top 500 of all time.

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is the number-one favourite, followed by Kings of Leon, Bryan Adams, Guns n’Roses and Aerosmith. A huge range of musical tastes are represented in the survey conducted by British Forces Broadcasting Service Radio, but exactly a third are rock-oriented. There’s a notable preference for thoughtful slow numbers such as the Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris and Eagles’ Hotel California, alongside high-energy power tracks like ELO’s Mr Blue Sky and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor tells the Guardian: “It’s fantastic – it makes me feel very, very proud. I’d like to wish all the forces the very best from the very bottom of our hearts.”

Outside the confines of rock the forces show an affection for lighted-hearted tracks including Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, which was sung by the crew of HMS Sheffield as they waited to be rescued while the ship was sinking during the Falklands conflict. Anti-war songs including John Lennon’s Imagine and Scorpions’ Wind of Change also make the list.

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