Brian May discography

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For the Australian composer, see Brian May (composer).

This is a discography of works by the musician Brian May as a solo artist, not to be confused with the Australian film composer of the same name. For information about recordings made by Queen see Queen discography.


Studio Albums

Year Title UK[1] US[1]
1992 Back to the Light (UK:SILVER) 6 159
1998 Another World 23 -
2000 Furia (Original Soundtrack) - -

Live Albums

Year Title UK[1] US
1994 Live at the Brixton Academy 20 -


Year Title UK US
1983 Star Fleet Project 35[1] 125
1993 Resurrection - Japanese Tour Mini Album - -
1998 Red Special - Japanese Tour Mini Album - -


Year Title UK[1] US
1983 "Star Fleet" 65 -
1991 "The Stonk" (Hale and Pace feat. Brian May) 1 -
1991 "Driven by You" 6 -
1992 "Too Much Love Will Kill You" (UK:SILVER) 5 -
1992 "Back to the Light" 19 -
1992 "We Are the Champions" (duet with 'Hank Marvin') 66 -
1993 "Resurrection" 23 -
1993 "Last Horizon" 51 -
1995 "The Amazing Spider-Man" - -
1998 "Business" 51 -
1998 "On My Way Up" - -
1998 "Another World" - -
1998 "Why Don't We Try Again" 44 -
2011 "You and I" (guitar track for Lady Gaga) 23 6
2012 "Rockstar" (Dappy feat. Brian May) 2 - -
2013 "Save the Badger Badger Badger" 79 -


Various artists compilations[edit]

Year of release Compilation Song Comment
1994 Greenpeace – Alternative NRG "New Damage" (with Soundgarden)
1995 In from the Storm [tribute to Jimi Hendrix] "One Rainy Wish"
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio "Il Colosso" (with Jerry Hadley, Sissel Kyrkjebø, 'Just William'), "What Are We Made Of?" (with Sissel Kyrkjebø) soundtrack
1996 Twang! A Tribute to Hank Marvin & The Shadows "FBI" also B-side of the single On My Way Up
1998 Lullabies with a Difference "My Boy" recorded in 1982
2000 Music from and Inspired by Mission: Impossible II "Have a Cigar" (with the Foo Fighters)
2002 Good Rockin' Tonight - The Legacy of Sun Records (only on the Japanese edition) "I Don't Want Nobody Teasing Around with Me"
2004 Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man 2 "Someone to Die For" (with Jimmy Gnecco)

Queen related projects[edit]

Year of release Song Record
1969 Smile "Earth", "Step on Me" Earth/Step on Me (single)
1973 Larry Lurex "I Can Hear Music", "Goin' Back" single I Can Hear Music (1973); box set Freddie Mercury - The Solo Collection (2000); compilation album Lover of Life, Singer of Songs - The Very Best of Freddie Mercury Solo (2006)
1982 Smile "Doing Alright", "Blag", "April Lady", "Polar Bear", "Earth", "Step on Me" [all songs recorded 1969] LP Gettin' Smile (Japan, 1982); CD Ghost of a Smile (Netherlands, 1997)

Other recordings[edit]

Producer and songwriter[edit]

Year of release Collaborated with Song Record May's contribution
1986 Minako Honda album Cancel (album) production
1987 Minako Honda "Golden Days", "Crazy Nights" Golden Days and Crazy Nights (singles) songwriting, production, guitar
1987 Bad News album Bad News production
1987 Heavy Pettin album Lettin Loose (album) produced by May and Mack
1987 Anita Dobson album Talking of Love (album) songwriting, production, guitar, backing vocals
1988 Anita Dobson "In One of My Weaker Moments" In One of My Weaker Moments (single, from the musical Budgie) production, guitar
1989 Ian & Belinda "Who Wants to Live Forever" Who Wants to Live Forever (7"/12" singles; for the British Bone Marrow Donor Appeal) production, guitar (bass by John Deacon, drums by Roger Taylor)
Brian May various tracks Macbeth - Riverside Theatre (unreleased) songwriting, production
1991 Hale and Pace and the Stonkers "The Stonk" The Stonk (single; for Comic Relief; reached No. 1 in the UK chart) production, guitar (drums by Roger Taylor)
1993 The Left Handed Marriage "Appointment", "She Was Once My Friend", "I Need Time" [recorded 1967] Crazy Chain (album) guitar, backing vocals; I Need Time written by Bill Richards and May

Guest musician[edit]

Year of release Collaborated with Song Album/Record May's contribution
Guitar unless stated
1975 Eddie Howell "Man from Manhattan" Man from Manhattan backing vocals and guitar (piano and backing vocals by Freddie Mercury)
1976 Ian Hunter "You Nearly Did Me In" All-American Alien Boy backing vocals by May, Mercury and Roger Taylor
1978 Lonnie Donegan "Digging My Potatoes" Puttin' on the Style
1980 Quartz "Circles" (recorded 1977) B-side of the single "Stoking the Fires of Hell" (1980); also bonus track on the 2004 reissue of the album Stand Up and Fight
1983 Jeffrey Osborne "Stay with Me Tonight", "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right" Stay with Me Tonight
1984 Billy Squier "(Another) 1984" Signs of Life
1985 Chris Thompson "A Shift in the Wind, Parts 1 and 2" Radio Voices
1986 Ramoncín "Como un susurro" La vida en el filo
1987 Meat Loaf "A Time for Heroes" A Time for Heroes
1988 The Cross "Love Lies Bleeding (She Was a Wicked, Wily Waitress)" Shove It
1989 Holly Johnson "Love Train" Blast
1989 Living in a Box "Blow the House Down" Gatecrashing
1989 Black Sabbath "When Death Calls" Headless Cross guitar solo
1989 Fuzzbox "Self!" Big Bang
1989 Artists United for Nature "Yes We Can" Yes We Can (single; also released on the compilation Earthrise – The Rainforest Album)
1989 Rock Aid Armenia "Smoke on the Water" Smoke on the Water guitar (drums by Roger Taylor)
1990 Rock Against Repatriation "Sailing" Sailing
1991 D-Rok "Red Planet Blues", "Get out of My Way" Oblivion
1992 Extreme "Love of My Life" Song for Love (for the Terence Higgins Trust)
1992 Judie Tzuke "I Can Read Books" Wonderland
1992 Hank Marvin "We Are the Champions" Into the Light
1992 Phenomena "A Whole Lot of Love" (recorded 1988) Phenomena III: Inner Vision
1992 Tony Martin "If There Is a Heaven" Back Where I Belong
1992 Cozy Powell "Somewhere in Time" (instrumental version of "Nothin' But Blue"], "Ride to Win" The Drums Are Back guitar (bass by John Deacon on "Somewhere in Time")
1992 Steve Hackett "Don’t Fall Away From Me" (recorded 1986) The Unauthorised Biography
1993 Paul Rodgers "I'm Ready" Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters
1993 Steve Hackett "Cassandra" (recorded 1986) Guitar Noir (bonus track)
1994 Os Paralamas do Sucesso "El Vampiro Bajo El Sol" Severino
1995 Jennifer Rush "Who Wants to Live Forever" Out of My Hands vocals and guitar
1995 Gordon Giltrap "Heartsong" [recorded 1993] Music for the Small Screen
1995 Carmine Appice "Nobody Knew (Black White House)" Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus
1995 S.O.L. (Stefan Zauner) "Make My Dream Come True" S.O.L. - Some Other Language
1996 Status Quo "Raining in My Heart" Don't Stop
1996 Rock Therapy "Reaching Out" Reaching Out
(single; for the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre)
2000 Steve Hackett "Slot Machine" (recorded 1986) Feedback ‘86
2000 Tony Iommi "Goodbye Lament" (featuring Dave Grohl), "Flame On" (featuring Ian Astbury) Iommi
2000 Freddie Mercury "She Blows Hot and Cold (Alternative Version)" (recorded 1984) The Solo Collection (box set)
2000 Foo Fighters Have a Cigar Mission: Impossible II (soundtrack)
2001 Robbie Williams "Eternity" Eternity
(single; featured on Greatest Hits, 2004)
2002 Michael Kamen "Light the Fire Within" unreleased; official theme of the 2002 Winter Olympics
2002 Claire Sweeney "Too Much Love Will Kill You" Claire
2002 Lynn Carey Saylor "If We Believe" If We Believe backing vocals, guitar
2002 Foo Fighters "Tired of You" One by One
2003 The Yardbirds "Mr. You're a Better Man Than I" Birdland
2003 Tim Staffell "Earth", "Doin’ Alright" Amigo guitar & vocals
2004 Zucchero "Il mare impetuoso al tramonto salì sulla luna e dietro una tendina di stelle..." Zu & Co.
2006 Meat Loaf "Bad for Good" Bat out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose
2007 Lynn Carey Saylor "We Belong"[2] You Like It Clean guitar & background vocals
2007 Guns N' Roses "Catcher In The Rye (Demo)" Chinese Democracy (Sessions) Uncredited Guitar Solo
2008 Kerry Ellis "Defying Gravity", "I'm Not that Girl", "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" Wicked in Rock Arrangement, bass, guitars, keys, production, programming
2010 "Dangerland", "Anthem", "I Can't Be Your Friend (This Can't Be Over)", "Defying Gravity", "I'm Not that Girl", "You Have to Be There", "Love It When You Call", "Save Me", "Diamonds are Forever", "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)", "I Loved a Butterfly" Anthems Arrangement, backing vocals, bass, guitars, piano, keyboards, production
2010 Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders "Way Down","Don't Have to Speak" Red Light Fever Guitar
2010 Meat Loaf "Love Is Not Real","The Song Of Madness" Hang Cool Teddy Bear
2011 Tangerine Dream Starmus — Sonic Universe
2011 Lady Gaga "You and I" Born This Way Guitar
2012 Dappy "Rockstar" No Regrets Guitar
Live recordings (selection)
1988 Prince's Trust Gala Concert Prince’s Trust Rock Gala (VHS; recorded live on 6 June 1988 at the Royal Albert Hall) guitar (bass by Deacon)
1992 Pavarotti and Friends "Too Much Love Will Kill You", "La donna è mobile" (recorded live in Modena on 27 September 1992)
2005 The Strat Pack "Peggy Sue", "Maybe Baby", "I Fought the Law", "Oh Boy!", "That'll Be the Day" (with The Crickets and Albert Lee); "All Right Now" (with Paul Rodgers) The Strat Pack: Live in Concert (DVD; recorded live at the concert from the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar, 24 September 2004)

Computer games[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e QueenOnline Message Board :: View topic - Queen / Solos UK & US (Y MORE) Chart History
  2. ^ "Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist". Lynn Carey Saylor. Retrieved 2012-01-07.