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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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  • dscomic


    14 May 6:22pm Reply
  • robveiga

    Queen is the King lol

    12 May 9:48pm Reply
  • samiskywalker

    so powerful <3

    20 Mar 5:38am Reply
  • LettyLiz

    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. [5]

    8 Mar 7:00pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    I can't talk like a football boot made go to bed and not hold on were going home with them while eating prawn Ra gyrate retrieve the summer clothes are not the man who played a good father to either a

    15 Jan 10:16pm Reply
  • airmidget


    4 Jan 12:27am Reply
  • orange_kiss

    Can anybody find me.... somebody tooooooo.... looooove....

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • goudvanoud

    for you Krystalicznaa

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MatheuusSam

    One of the best song of all time !

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • blueskyfrank


    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • jaiminrajani

    Great song!

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • theironictea


    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • CT-Yankee

    Great song!

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Glen15Queen

    Freddie ♥ definitely knew how to compose songs that will stand the test of time

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • tygergurl72

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

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • tygergurl72

    Love the harmonizing!!

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    ♥ ♥

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Roy787

    Amazing it

    14 Jul 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
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