Queen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19th, 2001.

Queen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19th, 2001.

CLASSIC CUTS: Killer Queen   

Queen: “Killer Queen”

The Hook: Brian May says their breakthrough hit may not have rocked all that hard, but, boy, was it put together well.

Album: Sheer Heart Attack

Year: 1974

Writer: Freddie Mercury

Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number-two on the British charts.

Background: When Queen released their third album, Sheer Heart Attack, in 1974, they’d had one Top 10 hit in Britain, and no hits at all in the U.S. The song “Killer Queen” was the first to break big in both countries, which guitarist Brian May recalls having mixed feelings about at the time.

Brian May on what he thought when “Killer Queen” became the song that broke the band in America.