Empire (Queensrÿche song)

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"Empire"
Queensryche - Empire single cover.jpg
Single by Queensrÿche
from the album Empire
Released 1990
Format CD, 7", 12", maxi-single
Recorded Spring 1990
Genre Progressive metal
Length 5:24
Label EMI America
Songwriter(s) Geoff Tate
Michael Wilton
Producer(s) Peter Collins
Queensrÿche singles chronology
"Last Time in Paris"
(1990)
"Empire"
(1990)
"Silent Lucidity"
(1990)
"Last Time in Paris"
(1990)
"Empire"
(1990)
"Silent Lucidity"
(1990)
Audio sample
Empire track listing
  1. "Best I Can"
  2. "The Thin Line"
  3. "Jet City Woman"
  4. "Della Brown"
  5. "Another Rainy Night (Without You)"
  6. "Empire"
  7. "Resistance"
  8. "Silent Lucidity"
  9. "Hand on Heart"
  10. "One and Only"
  11. "Anybody Listening?"

"Empire" is a song by the progressive metal band Queensrÿche, appearing on their 1990 album Empire. The lyrical content of the song warns of a foreboding and unstoppable "Empire" of drug trafficking within the United States and its related crimes, that will inevitably lead to the breakdown of civility in American society.

Known as a fan favorite, the group has played the song often live, doing so over a thousand times as of April 2016, and the track is the band's second most played song in its setlist history. It is exceeded only by "Eyes of a Stranger".[1]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Empire" (radio edit) 5:07
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Scarborough Fair" 3:53
12" single
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Empire" (radio edit) 5:07
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Scarborough Fair" 3:53
2. "Prophecy" 3:58
CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Empire" (radio edit) 5:12
2. "Scarborough Fair" 3:50
3. "Prophecy" 3:59
4. "Della Brown" 7:03

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Singles[2] 61
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock[3] 22

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queensrÿche Tour statistics - songs played total". setlist.fm. Retrieved April 25, 2016.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ [1], an archive containing all UK charts for Queensrÿche
  3. ^ [2] single charts for Queensrÿche