We Will Rock You
Single by Queen from News of the World
Released October 7 1977
Recorded 1977, Wessex Sound Studios, London
Length 2:02
Genre Hard rock
Label Elektra
Writer Brian May
Musicians Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, footstomps, handclaps)
Brian May (electric guitar, footstomps, handclaps)
John Deacon (footstomps, handclaps)
Roger Taylor (footstomps, handclaps)
Producer(s) Queen
Mike Stone

Single Chronology
Last single Long Away (1977 )
This single We Will Rock You (1977 )
Next single It's Late (1978 )
Last track First track
This track We Will Rock You
Next track We Are the Champions

'We Will Rock You is a Queen song written by Brian May. Other than the last 30 seconds containing a guitar solo from May, the song is generally set in a cappella form, using only stamping and clapping as a rhythmic beat.


The song was written in response to an event which occurred in the A Day at the Races Tour, at Bingley Hall in Staffordshire, when the crowd sang "You'll Never Walk Alone".


Rolling Stone critic Dave Marsh infamously criticized the song and called Queen a "fascist rock band" in his review of Jazz, despite it not even being on the album. Marsh claimed: "This group has come to make it clear exactly who is superior and who is inferior." and that We Will Rock You "is a marching order: you will not rock us, we will rock you. Indeed, Queen may be the first truly fascist rock band."

We Will Rock You is placed in many song lists, ranking #330 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[1], and #146 in RIAA Songs of the Century.


The music video was filmed on a snowy day in Roger Taylor's back garden at his house in Surrey. Freddie Mercury was drunk when it was filmed.


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