Thursday, January 9, 2020

Queen announce fan-voted Greatest Hits In Japan collection

Queen will release a fan-voted “Greatest Hits In Japan” collection this month ahead the band’s return to the country with Adam Lambert as part of their global Rhapsody Tour.

Due January 15, the package will deliver a dozen classic Queen tracks following a fan vote last November via a special section on the group’s official site in Japan.

Queen’s 1976 classic, “Somebody To Love”, topped the voting ahead of 1978’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and guitarist Brian May’s Japanese tribute “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)”, with 1977’s “Spread Your Wings” and 1974’s “Killer Queen” rounding out the Top 5.

After tallying all the votes, the top 40 fan-voted tracks are as follows:

01. Somebody To Love: 1290 votes
02. Don’t Stop Me Now: 791 votes
03. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together): 484 votes
04. Spread Your Wings: 474 votes
05. Killer Queen: 469 votes
06. The Show Must Go On: 429 votes
06. Bohemian Rhapsody: 429 votes
08. ’39: 420 votes
09. The March of the Black Queen: 360 votes
10. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy: 326 votes
11. Keep Yourself Alive. 300 votes
12. Radio Ga Ga: 291 votes

13. Love Of My Life: 281 votes
14. I Was Born to Love You: 251 votes
15. These Are The Days Of Our Lives: 231 votes
16. Seven Seas of Rhye: 188 votes
17. Another One Bites The Dust: 183 votes
18. Save Me: 176 votes
19. We Are The Champion: 170 votes
20. Let Me Live: 160 votes
21. Under Pressure: 149 votes
22. Friends Will Be Friends: 142 votes
23. Brighton Rock: 123 votes
24. Too Much Love Will Kill You: 121 votes
24. Liar: 121 votes
24. In The Lap Of The Gods Revisited: 121 votes
27. I Want It All: 117 votes
28. You're My Best Friend: 114 votes
29. Hammer to Fall: 103 votes
30. It's A Hard Life: 102 votes
31. Ogre Battle: 101 votes
32. Innuendo: 97 votes
33. One Vision: 95 votes
33. I Want to Break Free: 95 votes
35. My Melancholy Blues: 94 votes
36. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke: 87 votes
37. Nevermore: 83 votes
38. Stone Cold Crazy: 80 votes
39. The Millionaire Waltz: 80 votes
40. You and I: 79 votes

The top 12 fan-voted tracks make their way onto the final cut of the album. The physical CD release of the album will be exclusive to Japan, with the digital available worldwide, while the limited-edition CD will contain a DVD including music videos from the top 12 songs.

“To our Japanese fans, we always appreciate your passionate support,” says May. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. After seeing the poll results and the final tracklist, I realized again how much you have loved us since early times. I guess this is a unique amazing selection that probably only Japanese fans could make.

“Very much looking forward to seeing you soon at our shows in January! Wishing you a Happy New Year!!"

“To all Japanese Queen followers, we can never thank you enough for your undying support through all these years,” adds drummer Roger Taylor. “We have grown up and older together, and I think the final tracklisting for the fan-vote album is the proof of our long-standing bond. Some of your choices of our songs were a bit of a pleasant surprise, and made me grin as well, for this seems to be a very Japanese selection you can find nowhere else, which I love!

“Look forward to seeing you all at the concerts and having a great time together! Wishing you a Wonderful 2020!"

Queen and Lambert will open a four-show series with the first of two nights in Tokyo on January 25, ahead of concerts in Osaka and Nagoya.

See also:

Queen guitarist Brian May reveals holiday season depression
Queen drummer Roger Taylor named OBE on New Year’s Honours List
Queen release Thank God It’s Christmas animated video
Queen and Adam Lambert expand Rhapsody tour residency in London
Search Queen at hennemusic