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The Best Bands Like Queen

April 2, 2020 856 votes 95 voters 3.6k views25 items

List RulesVote up the bands that Queen fans should check out ASAP.

Have you ever wondered, "Why aren't there bands like Queen anymore?"

It's certainly not for a lack of trying. Countless artists have endeavored to sound like Queen over the years, and many top modern bands, such as Muse, are clearly heavily influenced by the legendary quartet. But, it would be impossible for even Queen's new lineup itself to ever truly match its erstwhile quality.

In similar fashion to the Beatles, Queen is typically regarded in a league of its own because members Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon were able to master the sounds that dominated the music industry at the time, but subvert them in a way that no one else had, or perhaps, could. With timeless classics like "We Will Rock You" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen had its collective finger on the pulse of popular music's future, and the result has been generations of musicians drawing inspiration in varied ways.

Will there ever be another band like Queen? The short answer is, of course not. Setting aside the Sheer virtuosity of Mercury and May, the group's ingenuity at its time caught lightning in a bottle, so any attempt to duplicate them is a Sisyphean task. However, there are throngs of related artists, both old and new, who have managed to capture parts of Queen's essence quite well.

We've listed just a few good musicians who sound similar to the geniuses behind A Night at the Opera below, but it's up to you to decide which artists are the best of the best. Vote up the bands you'd be most likely to recommend to people who are fans of Queen, and be sure to add any that you feel we might have missed.

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    The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are regarded as the most influential...  more
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    The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is...  more
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    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is...  more
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    Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30...  more
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    Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham....  more
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    Genesis were an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, in 1967. The most successful and longest-lasting line-up consisted of keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist...  more
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    The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts....  more
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    The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and drummer...  more
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    Supertramp (known as Daddy in 1969–1970) were an English rock band formed in London in 1969. Though their music was initially categorised as progressive rock, they later incorporated a combination of...  more
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    Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in 1965. They emerged from London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and became one of the most commercially successful and...  more
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    The Cars were an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter Ric Ocasek; bassist...  more
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    Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. The group consists of Steven Tyler (vocals, keyboards), Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums), and...  more
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    Kiss (often stylized as KIϟϟ) is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and...  more
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    Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Dominic...  more
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    Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding hard rock guitar balanced...  more
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    William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man" after his first hit and signature song of the same name, he has led...  more
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    Rush was a Canadian rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars), and Neil Peart (drums, percussion). Formed in 1968, the band went through several...  more
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    AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. Commonly referred to as a...  more
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    Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Los Angeles. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams (lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Steve...  more
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    U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar),...  more
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    Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC or BOC) is an American rock band formed on Long Island, New York in 1967, perhaps best known for the singles "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Burnin' for You",...  more
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    Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, which had its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on multi-instrumentalist founder and leader Tom Scholz, who...  more
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    Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind". The band has...  more
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    Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. The band's classic lineup consisted of vocalist Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson, and drummer...  more
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    Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947), known professionally as Meat Loaf, is an American singer and actor. He is noted for his powerful wide-ranging operatic voice and...  more
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