Published On: Wed, Oct 9th, 2019

Queen and Freddie Mercury top UK poll of most popular rock artists | Music | Entertainment

When it comes to the greatest band of all time, music fans often bring up The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones. However, a new YouGov poll of Brits conducted between November 2017 and October 2019 have found that it’s Queen the UK favours. The ranking covers the most popular classic rock music artists in the country with solo artists featuring too. Interestingly, it was a double win for Queen with second place going to their late singer Freddie Mercury.

In third place was The Beatles’ John Lennon, who would have been 79-years-old today.

While fourth went to Queen guitarist Brian May, followed by The Rolling Stones in fifth.

No doubt Queen, Freddie and Brian made the top four after a recent surge in popularity and being in the public consciousness over the last year.

This will mainly be thanks to Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody which won the most Oscars of any film at the 2019 Academy Awards.

While Queen and Adam Lambert have been on the North American leg of their Rhapsody tour this summer.

Next year sees the 50th anniversary of the band with the collaboration announcing UK tour dates.

READ MORE: Queen and Adam Lambert tour dates and tickets info

Meanwhile, Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek has spoken out on the challenge of playing Freddie Mercury.

Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week, the 38-year-old said of playing the star: “It was one of the greatest challenges of my life and absolutely one of the most rewarding as well.”

During production on Bohemian Rhapsody, Malek became friends with Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor and had the chance to open for the band’s collaboration with Adam Lambert earlier this month.

Queen and Adam Lambert headlined a charity concert in New York’s Central Park, with the Freddie Mercury star making a surprise appearance with them.

On keeping in touch with Queen, Malek said: “Yes, very much so actually.”

He added: “We were together…at the Global Citizen Festival…this weekend.

“And I got to open up for them.

“I was backstage in their dressing room and they said, ‘Hey Rami, how about you walk out with us.’

“So I did the walk that Freddie would do in the past, that I studied for a year over and over.

“I saw him do it so many times, so it was the greatest honour and privilege to do that with them and to be a part of their lives.”

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