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“Somebody to Love” is a song by British rock band Queen. Written by singer Freddie Mercury, the track featured on their 1976 album A Day at the Races, from which it was also released as the lead single.

Like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the major hit from Queen’s previous album A Night at the Opera, “Somebody to Love” has a complex melody and deep layering of vocal tracks, this time based on a gospel choir arrangement. It was the first single off the album A Day At The Races. It is a rock ballad on which band members Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor multitracked their voices to create the impression of a 100-voice gospel choir.

The lyrics, especially combined with the gospel influence, create a song about faith, desperation and soul-searching; the singer questions both the lack of love he’s experiencing and the role of God in helping to provide this disparately needed in his life. He’s passionately pondering what the use of it all is without having somebody to love in his life. Staying true to Queen’s guitar-driven style, it was also filled with intricate harmonies and a notable guitar solo by Brian May, and it went to number 2 on the UK charts and number 13 on the U.S. singles chart.

A promotional video was made combining a staged recording session at Sarm East Studios (where the A Day at the Races album was recorded) and film footage of the band’s performance at Hyde Park that September.

The song was included on their first Greatest Hits, released in 1981.

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  • tygergurl72

    And I can't help but to sing along....find me somebody to love.... :)

    23 Jul 6:54pm Reply
  • tygergurl72

    Love the harmonizing!!

    23 Jul 6:52pm Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    ♥ ♥

    22 Jul 6:18am Reply
  • Roy787

    Amazing song..love it

    14 Jul 9:14pm Reply
  • Krystalicznaa

    I love everything about the song. Sounds like Freddie's last breath before the song ends. He surely gave his all to music and a song. [4]

    11 Jul 9:37am Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Think that rock and gospel music don’t mix? Think again! With “Somebody to Love,” Queen proved otherwise and earned themselves a number-two single in the UK and a top 20 smash in the U.S. But it’s the perfect blend of the band members’ vocals, in addition to Mercury’s falsetto, May’s complex guitar work and some existential lyrics, that really make this song from A Day at the Races stand out. -- watchmojo

    2 Jul 8:26pm Reply
  • MartinV9

    Take a look in the mirror and cry ♫

    23 Jun 1:50am Reply
  • MoonDance4Me

    This is the first time I've heard this one and the only word that came to mind was "WOW".

    16 Jun 7:31pm Reply
  • whitebicycle

    anthem. love and be loved. may we all find the love we deserve.

    17 May 3:54pm Reply
  • desmetthierry

    For God seek !!! WONDERFULL !!!!

    11 May 12:45pm Reply
  • hardygay

    great

    29 Mar 6:23am Reply
  • Sathg

    great song. lyrics are definitely worth listening to.

    28 Mar 2:19am Reply
  • theironictea

    Masterpiece.

    24 Mar 9:20pm Reply
  • cjfreckles

    great concert

    23 Mar 12:55pm Reply
  • agnessilvap

    Maybe my favorite? Maybe. It's hard to choose only one of them.

    6 Mar 1:24am Reply
  • nick_honest

    a masterpiece

    31 Jan 11:06pm Reply
  • fujishironageki

    rest in peace freddie you were too good for this world

    30 Jan 3:05am Reply
  • FanOf25

    I love everything about the song. Sounds like Freddie's last breath before the song ends. He surely gave his all to music and a song. [3] Everytime I've heard this song I always thought that too.

    29 Jan 8:07am Reply
  • Taiteki

    Can anybody find meee, somebody to love? <3

    7 Jan 4:26pm Reply
  • peterdupont1

    I cried the other day while listening to this song, on my way to school. Beyond amazing.

    4 Jan 5:35pm Reply
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