1. "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Queen's most enduring and beloved song remains one of their most mysterious. The six-minute classic was written by Freddie Mercury, breaking most rules of convention songwriting by omitting a chorus and shifting tones wildly through the course of the tune. The group spent weeks and a small fortune creating the masterpiece, layering on vocals until the tape couldn't physically fit any more. The story don't tell much of a cohesive story, though the narrator is clearly plagued by a horrible past and endless frustration. "It's one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it," Mercury said. "I think people should just listen to it, think about it, and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them." Realizing they had something special, the group made a video for the song, a full six years before MTV came on the airwaves. An entirely new generation of rock fans embraced the song when it appeared in Wayne's World.