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10 Best Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Albums of All Time

#7 Queen - A Night at the Opera - EMI and Elektra Records - 1975

As with most of the bands on this list, it is difficult to pick Queen's best album. This one, more than any other, defied genres. There are some truly great tracks here, including 'Death on Two Legs', 'Love of my Life' and 'Sweet Lady'.

The album contains an incredible variety of musical styles and moods. Freddie Mercury, as usual, has a majority of the writing credits but the other members made significant contributions. Brian May wrote and performed lead vocals on '39' and 'Good Company' while Roger Taylor wrote and sang 'I'm in Love with My Car' and John Deacon wrote the hit single 'You're My Best Friend'.

But 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is the song that broke every mold. From Freddie Mercury's simple but emotional piano arrangement to the band's multi-layered vocals spanning an almost unbelievable range, the song soars, dives and evolves as you listen. Anchored by Brian May's unmistakable sound and feel, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is still Rock and Roll at its finest.

And, by the way, if you haven't already seen the movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody', see it now. Seriously.