Hammer to Fall (4:26)

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“Hammer to Fall” is a 1984 hard rock song written by Brian May and performed by the British rock group Queen. It appeared on their 1984 album The Works.

It was the fourth and final single to be released from that album, although the single version was edited down by thirty seconds in contrast to the version on the album. Different sleeves were used to package this single and the live picture sleeve is now a collector’s item. The song was also the subject of a popular music video directed by David Mallet, in which was a regular live performance of the song by the band in Brussels during the Works Tour (Roger Taylor can be seen wearing a “Choose Life” t-shirt in the video). The song harks back to the Queen of old, with a song being built around a hard angular and muscular riff.

The song was a concert favorite and was also played at Live Aid, to great success. It peaked at number 13 in the UK and was later featured in the movie Highlander.

At the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, Extreme singer Gary Cherone performed the song with the band, having earlier done a medley of other Queen songs with his own group.

For Brian May’s 1998 Another World tour, he slowed down the intro of the song considerably (sounding almost like the intro of It’s Late) before speeding it up in the middle.


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  • pogopatterson

    This was definitely a hit in the UK, almost everything from the Works was Top 5.

    12 Jul 2014 Reply
  • AndoDoug

    OK, I had to look it up - they played it at Live Aid because: 1) it was new at the time 2) it had 'big theme' lyrics that suited the occasion ('in the shadow of a mushroom cloud', etc.) 3) it was popular with concert goers. As far as being a hit, its peak position was #10 in Ireland. Did not chart in North America.

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
  • AndoDoug

    Bob Geldolf was obsessed at Live Aid that the acts play only from their greatest hits - and I remember him singling out Queen for totally getting where he was coming from. So why did they include this one? Currently down at #31 on their last.fm chart. Was it even a hit?

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
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    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • thegreatpretend

    The best band ever

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    I love this song <3

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • beatles_1940

    to raspali ga

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • stu444

    The best 80's queen song.

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Malvegil

    give it to me one more time!!!! [2]

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • nanjamonja

    The guitar solo in the long version is really something.

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    give it to me one more time!!!!

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • JulikGreen

    ahhhhh, it's soooo magnificent!!! i love it, oh how Ioove this song<333

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • DavCnuk

    great guitar

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
  • whiteravenmetal

    one of my fav Queen songs, R.I.P Mr. Mercury, your legacy don't be forgotten

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Tarkus10

    Lady Mercy won't be home tonight!

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • sbooth

    This makes me miss the cold war.

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Laumercury

    What the hell are we fighting for...? god, it's awesome.

    21 Apr 2011 Reply
  • lucy304

    Love Queen,

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • DifferenceFigg

    Convinced our voices can't be heard, we just wanna scream it louder and louder.

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Carlos1987uk

    Stop. Hammer to Fall!

    2 Jan 2011 Reply
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