As of 2005, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Queen albums have spent a total of 1,322 weeks (twenty-six years) on the UK Album Charts, more time than any other musical act.Also in 2005, with the release of their live album with Paul Rodgers, Queen moved into third place on the list of acts with the most aggregate time spent on the British record charts.
In 2006, the Greatest Hits album was the all-time best-selling album in UK Chart history, with sales of 5,407,587 copies, over 604,295 more copies than its nearest competitor, the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Their Greatest Hits II album is the seventh best seller, with sales of 3,746,404 copies.
The band have released a total of eighteen number one albums, eighteen number one singles, and ten number one DVDs worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Queen have sold over 150 million records, with some estimates in excess of 300 million records worldwide,including 34.5 million albums in the United States alone as of 2004.Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the band is also the only group in which every member has composed more than one chart-topping single, and all four members of Queen were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.In 2009, „We Will Rock You” and „We Are the Champions” were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the latter was voted the world’s favourite song in a global music poll.
Queen have been cited as a major influence on the „neo-classical metal” genre by Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen.Metallica recorded a cover version of „Stone Cold Crazy”, which first appeared on the Rubáiyát: Elektra’s 40th Anniversary album in 1990, and won their first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1991. In the early 1970s, Queen helped spur the heavy metal genre’s evolution by discarding much of its blues influence;the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in addition, they fused the music genre with a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed.In 2002, Queen’s „Bohemian Rhapsody” was voted „the UK’s favourite hit of all time” in a poll conducted by the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles Book, and in 2004 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Acclaimed for their stadium rock, in 2005 an industry poll ranked Queen’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 as the best live act in history.In 2007, they were also voted the greatest British band in history by BBC Radio 2 listeners.
Queen have been recognised as having made significant contributions to such genres as hard rock,and heavy metal,amongst others. Hence, the band have been cited as an influence by many other musicians. Moreover, like their music, the bands and artists that have claimed to be influenced by Queen are diverse and span different generations, countries, and genres, some of which include, heavy metal; Iron MaidenMetallica,Dream Theater,and Anthrax, hard rock; Guns N’ Roses,Def Leppard,Van Halen,and Foo Fighters,glam rock; Mötley Crüe,and The Darkness,alternative rock; Nirvana,Radiohead,Trent Reznor,Muse, and The Smashing Pumpkins, pop rock; My Chemical Romance,[ pop; George Michael,Lady Gaga,and Katy Perry.
The band drew artistic influence from other British rock acts at the time, such as the Beatles, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Who, Black Sabbath, Slade, Deep Purple and David Bowie.Queen composed music that drew inspiration from many different genres of music, often with a tongue-in-cheek attitude.The genres they have been associated with include progressive rock, glam rock, hard rock,heavy metal, pop rock,psychedelic rock,blues rock and dance/disco. Queen also wrote songs that were inspired by genres that are not typically associated with rock, such as ragtime, opera, gospel, vaudeville, and folk.
In 1963, the teenage Brian May and his father custom-built his signature guitar Red Special, which was purposely designed to feedback.Sonic experimentation figured heavily in Queen’s songs. A distinctive characteristic of Queen’s music are the vocal harmonies which are usually composed of the voices of May, Mercury, and Taylor best heard on the studio albums A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races. Some of the ground work for the development of this sound can be attributed to their former producer Roy Thomas Baker, and their engineer Mike Stone.Besides vocal harmonies, Queen were also known for multi-tracking voices to imitate the sound of a large choir through overdubs. For instance, according to Brian May, there are over 180 vocal overdubs in „Bohemian Rhapsody”.Many Queen songs were also written with audience participation in mind, such as „We Will Rock You” and „We Are the Champions”.
In October 2011, it was announced that Queen will be recording a new album featuring lost demos of Mercury on vocals.May confirmed that he and Taylor are working their way through the band’s old material to compile a selection of unreleased songs for the forthcoming album. May also revealed that a series of duets that Mercury recorded with Michael Jackson was to be released in 2012. In 2014, May announced the title of the album to be Queen Forever, to be released later in the year.