Queen set the standard for stadium rock in the 80s. They first came into prominence in the late 70s, but they reached iconic status in the 80s.
From 1975-1979, Queen released two songs that I will forever associate with sports: "We are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You." Other hits in this decade include: "Somebody to Love," "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Bicycle," and "Don't Stop Me Now." Who doesn't love "Bohemian Rhapsody?" Just a great decade for Queen.
As I kid, I remember hearing "Crazing Little Thing Called Love," and it was such a departure from their normal rock style, I thought it was an Elvis remake. On the playground, we'd sing "Another One Bites the Dust" when playing basketball or soccer, followed by "We are the Champions." By the way, Michael Jackson actually convinced them to release "Another One Bites the Dust" as a single.
Science fiction fans know Queen for their Flash Gordon soundtrack (1983) and Highlander (1986). The music from both movies was so energetic, I still listen to them on my iPod when I exercise. Gets you pumped up!
In the late 80s, I remember seeing Freddie Mercury on TV and was shocked at how thin he looked. He passed away in 1991 from complications from AIDS.
Despite the tragedy that befell the group, and the wordwide headlines it made, my fondest memory will always and forever been Queen's 1985 live performance for Live Aid. Queen just completely dominated Wembley Stadium. Freddie Mercury had all 72,000 people on their feet, and he controlled the energy in there like a maestro. Queen ruled the world during that performance.
The 20 minute set has often been voted the best live rock performance EVER. And I agree.