Queen – We Are The Champions (Official Video)

We Are The Champions

Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
I’ve paid my dues
Time after time
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I’ve come through
(And the beat will go on and on and on and on)

[Chorus]
We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting…till the end
We are the champions, We are the champions
No time for losers cause we are the champions…
Of the world

[Verse 2]
I’ve taken my bows
And my curtain calls
You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it
I thank you all
But it’s been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain’t gonna lose
(Where the beat just goes on and on and on and on)

[Outro]
We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting…till the end
We are the champions, We are the champions
No time for losers cause we are the champions…
Of the world
We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting…till the end
We are the champions, We are the champions
No time for losers cause we are the champions…

 

We Are the Champions” is a song by the British rock band Queen, first released on their 1977 album News of the World.[1] Written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, it is one of Queen’s most popular songs, and one of rock’s most recognisable anthems.[2]

The song was a worldwide success, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart, and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.[3][4] In 2009, “We Are the Champions” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame,[5] and was voted the world’s favourite song in a 2005 Sony Ericsson world music poll.[6] In 2011, a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest in the history of popular music.[7]

“We Are the Champions” has become an anthem for victories at sporting events,[2] including as official theme song for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and has been often used or referenced in popular culture. The song has also been covered by many artists.

On 7 October 2017, Queen released a Raw Sessions version of the track to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of News of the World. It was made from previously unheard vocal and instrumental takes from the original multi-track tapes. It also presents for the first time the original recorded length of the track, which is two choruses more than the 1977 edited single.[8]

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Music

Written by Freddie Mercury, “We Are the Champions” was built on audience response, with Brian May stating, “We wanted to get the crowds waving and singing. It’s very unifying and positive.”[9]

Musically, it is based on Mercury’s piano part, with Roger Taylor and John Deacon providing a drums and bass guitar backing. May overdubbed some guitar sections, initially subtle, but building to a “solo” played simultaneously with the last chorus. Mercury employed many jazz chords (major and minor 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th harmonies), and the choruses featured these voiced as 4 and 5-part vocal harmonies. The lead vocal is very demanding and strident (highest point is a C5 both belted and in falsetto), with one of Mercury’s most notable performances taking place at the Live Aid concert, at Wembley Stadium, London in 1985.[10]

The single featured “We Will Rock You” as a B-side, and followed the song on the album. The two songs were often played consecutively at the close of Queen concerts, and are customarily played together on radio broadcasts (in album order).[2] Keeping with tradition, it was also used to close the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert with all the show’s acts joining in behind the lead vocal of Liza Minnelli.[2]

Music video

The video for the song was filmed at a special video shoot with fan club members at the New London Theatre Centre on 6 October 1977 and was directed by Derek Burbridge. An alternate version which starts in monochrome before blasting into colour as the drums and guitars kick in was broadcast on Top of the Pops 2 and comprises alternate footage shot on the same day.

Legacy

In 2011, a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest song in the history of pop music, despite its not hitting #1 in the charts in any major market. Dr. Daniel Mullensiefen said of the study, “Every musical hit is reliant on maths, science, engineering and technology; from the physics and frequencies of sound that determine pitch and harmony, to the hi-tech digital processors and synthesisers which can add effects to make a song more catchier. We’ve discovered that there’s a science behind the sing-along and a special combination of neuroscience, math and cognitive psychology that can produce the elusive elixir of the perfect sing-along song.”[7]

In July 2016 the song was used to introduce Donald Trump to the first session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Queen immediately issued a statement denouncing Trump’s use of the song as not authorized by the band. (Licensing for public performance of the song is administered by the performing rights organization Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).)[11]

Chart performances

In 1977–1978, “We Are the Champions” was released as a single in many countries, reaching number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] number 4 on Billboard in the US.,[4] the top 10 in Ireland, Netherlands, and Norway, and top 15 in Germany, Austria and Sweden.[12][13]

In 1992, 1993 and 1998, the single was re-released in France, totalling 45 weeks on the chart and peaking respectively at #19, #14, and #10 during the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[13]

Personnel

Track listings

Charts and certifications

Chart (1977) Position
UK Singles Chart[18] 23
Chart (1978) Position
Australia[14] 57
Austrian Singles Chart[19] 25
Canadian Top Singles[20] 27
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 25
Chart (1998) Position
French Singles Chart[22] 72

Sales and certifications

Crazy Frog version

“We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)”
Crazy frog champions.jpg
Single by Crazy Frog
from the album Crazy Frog Presents More Crazy Hits
Released 5 June 2006
Format CD single, Maxi single, Digital download
Recorded 2005
Genre Dance, electronica
Length 3:03
Label Ministry of Sound
Songwriter(s) Freddie Mercury
Producer(s) Erik Wernquist
Crazy Frog singles chronology
Jingle Bells/U Can’t Touch This
(2005)
We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)
(2006)
Last Christmas
(2006)

We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)” is a song from 2006 by Crazy Frog inspired by Queen‘s hit from 1977, “We Are the Champions”. It was released as a single on 5 June 2006. A cover of the 1977 song from Queen of the same name, it was released to coincide with the 2006 World Cup. Vocal arrangements include a sample portion of Queen’s original rendering.

Music video

The music video depicts Crazy Frog in bed dreaming that he is competing in a soccer match against Killbots. Though outnumbered, he easily defeats and humiliates them. One goal rebounds off the net knocking him out and causing him to briefly wake up. Having defeated his enemies he finds himself hovering in a soccer universe.

He happens to glance at hundreds of clones marching toward him. He panics and runs in fear. He reaches a tall stairway leading up to a giant gold trophy. Crazy Frog becomes exhausted near the top unlike his indefatigable pursuants. The trophy turns into a giant soccer ball that begins to roll rapidly down toward Crazy Frog.

Crazy Frog is crushed and falls with the ball all the way back to the ground, startling him enough to wake up. When the music video was originally released online, it appeared as it was released. However, the current version lacks the soccer ball being kicked and the accompanying sound effects.

After being internationally released, it was shown before the animated movie Cars.

Chart performances

The single had its greatest success in France. It went straight to #1 on 10 June 2006, and stayed at this position for five weeks. It remained for nine weeks in the Top 10, seventeen weeks in the top fifty, and twenty five weeks in the chart. On 30 August 2006, it was certified Gold disc two months after its release by SNEP, the French certifier, and became the fifteenth best selling single in 2006 in that country.

Track listings

CD single
  1. “We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)” (radio edit) – 2:57
  2. “We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)” (club mix) – 5:49
Maxi single
  1. “We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)” (radio edit) – 2:57
  2. “We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)” (house mix) – 6:04
  3. “We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)” (club mix) – 5:51
  4. “We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)” (club mix dub) – 5:17
  5. “We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)” (video)

Certifications and sales

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
Belgium[26] Gold 9 September 2006 20,000
France[27] Gold 30 August 2006 200,000 205,908[28]

Charts

Other versions and samplings

  • 2001: Robbie Williams on vocals with Queen (May/Taylor) for the soundtrack of the 2001 film A Knight’s Tale.[35]
  • It was used in season 1 of The Big Bang Theory.
  • The song was used in an episode of Regular Show
  • The song was used in Fox animated series The Simpsons in the episode “She Used to Be My Girl“.
  • 2017: Queen released a Raw Sessions version of the track in celebration of the album’s 40th anniversary. It was made from previously unheard vocal and instrumental takes from the original multi-track tapes. It also presents for the first time the original recorded length of the track, which is two choruses more than the 1977 edited single.[36]

Live covers

Preceded by
Un’estate italiana
by Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini
FIFA World Cup theme song
with
Gloryland by Daryl Hall

1994
Succeeded by
The Cup of Life” by Ricky Martin
and
Together Now
by Jean Michel Jarre and Tetsuya Komuro

 

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Taken from News Of The World, 1977.

Queen – ‘We Are The Champions’

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The official ‘We Are The Champions’ music video. Taken from Queen – ‘Greatest Video Hits 1’.

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