I Want to Break Free (4:18)

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“I Want to Break Free” is a song performed by Queen, which was written by bassist John Deacon. According to the I Want To Break Free Songfacts, he wrote it from the male perspective of the women’s liberation movement. It featured on their 1984 album The Works. In the UK Chart, it peaked at number 3, and remained in the chart for fifteen consecutive weeks from its release in late April 1984. Most of the song follows the traditional 12 bar blues progression in E Major, a rare thing for a Queen song. The synth solo is played by Fred Mandel – live, however, May played it on guitar.

Two differing versions of the song are in circulation. The version on The Works is in fact shorter than the single remix by 61 seconds, because of a fade-in synthesiser introduction and a longer solo in which both the synthesiser and guitar feature separately. This is in contrast to “Hammer to Fall”, a song which was edited down by thirty seconds from the album version to be released as a single. The promotional 45 sent to radio stations by Capitol Records had both versions on either side. However, Queen’s name and the song title were deliberately left off one, so the labels read “Special Single Mix (Queen 4:21)” and “Special Single Mix-Edited (3:59).

The music video, directed by David Mallet, was a parody of the southern British soap opera Coronation Street. During part of the video, the band members dressed in drag, as mildly similar characters found in the soap at the time; Mercury’s character was loosely based on Bet Lynch, while May’s character was based on Hilda Ogden.


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  • YoQueSe666

    Penned by bassist John Deacon, this rousing single off The Works brought many people around the world together thanks to its strong message about freedom and liberty. It’s particularly notable for its synthesizer and guitar solos and for being a top five hit in the UK. Though it was well received in many other countries, its music video featuring Queen members dressed-in-drag was less well-received and actually banned by MTV. -- watchmojo

    19 Jul 2:12pm Reply
  • TheGhostMutt

    The song that made me love Queen. Reminds me of camping.

    17 Jul 9:15am Reply
  • omenofbabylon

    Melody of my life. Never get old.

    28 Jun 5:09pm Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    Queen is great, but I can't stand this song in particular '--'

    6 Jun 5:44am Reply
  • johnhunt1973

    I'll never want to break free from being a Queen fan.

    29 May 7:29am Reply
  • sternenfee0

    ☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆--:Klasse Song und Video!!--☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆

    10 May 9:11am Reply
  • tygergurl72

    Love this song...and this video always makes me smile.

    6 May 9:42pm Reply
  • Alex_01001

    Постоянно пою "ГААААВНО" и ничего не могу с этим поделать .-.

    4 Apr 11:45am Reply
  • agnessilvap

    God knows how I like to jump like a bitch, take the remote control of the TV, fake it as a mic and sing this shit as loud as I can.

    6 Mar 1:18am Reply
  • newcarscent7

    Favorite Queen song for sure :D

    6 Jan 5:31pm Reply
  • demonia0

    One of the best songs ever. [2]

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • maryplum

    Fantastic.----- Music from Queen is like no other!!!!!! " OM SHANTI "

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MegaDave89

    One of the best songs ever.

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • shinohiro929

    i really love this song :)

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Christian_1995

    Yeah less heavy-rockish, but still very good

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    God knows got to make it on my own

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Oppressotron

    Really, their first couple albums were down right metal. This... Damn '80's pop synth...

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • kmberserker

    Freddie,return to Earth!

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • XDunicorn

    I don't personally believe this song is bland or boring, it's simply classic. That's just my opinion though, it's a liberating song and the music video is ace! :D Though, admittedly it isn't my favorite of Queen's...

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • shadykatie

    You're so self satisfied I don't neeeeeeeeed yooooooooouuuuu

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
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