In the year 1980, a Brit band made its eighth studio album and hit the top of the album charts: The Game by Queen.
Recorded in summer 1979 and in the first months of 1980 in Munich, Germany, the album included new influences for Queen like rockabilly (as heard on their first single) and the first time the band included a synthesizer to its music mix.
The band’s first single was Crazy Little Thing Called Love, released in October 1979, becoming the band’s first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the US.
Save Me and Play the Game were released as follow-up singles before the album was released by EMI /Elektra in June 1980. The fourth single from the album was the notable rock song Another One Bites the Dust, which became the band’s second number one single on the Billboard charts.
In concert, the band tried something new with Freddie Mercury playing guitar during performances, the first time that had been done.
Critics’ reviews at the time were mixed, praise from Record Mirror and Rolling Stone, and disappointment from Smash Hits and The Washington Post.
But fans didn’t agree with those negative critics, making this Queen album their first (and only) album to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The Game is the band’s bestselling album of all time in the US.
The Game was nominated in the Producer of the Year category by The Grammys, as well as receiving Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Another One Bites the Dust. At the American Music Awards, the band was nominated for Favorite Pop/RockBand/Duo/Group and won Favorite Pop/Rock Single for Another One Bites the Dust.