Tuesday, June 02, 2015

My Top 100 Favourite Music Videos: #11

#11: "I Want to Break Free" - Queen
Release Date: 1984
Director: David Mallet
Fun Fact: The cross-dressing part of the video was highly inspired by "Coronation Street"!
Well? Did you really think this video would be excluded from my list? If you did you clearly don't appreciate how damn great this video is!

Queen, before the Foo Fighters took the crown (in my opinion obviously), were the kings of the music video. The thing was, before this video, most of Queen's videos were very serious. They wanted to go completely against the grain and do something unexpected. And cross-dressing was the answer!

What's so brilliant about the cross-dressing in this video is how concerningly good they all look in drag. Every single member of Queen look fantastic. Roger Taylor's legs - what on earth?!

And of course, Queen do have a serious side to the video, the beautiful ballet section is equally as amazing, in a completely different way. The body paint and the art direction are flawless, and Freddy Mercury shaved his moustache off purely for this part of the music video.

What else can I say? It's just one of the best music videos of all time, and it marginally misses out on my Top 10.
Note: This is the first and last video from the year 1984 in this list.

Here is the video for your enjoyment!

Click here to see #10 on the list or here for #12!

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