Song of the Day, March 16: Somebody to Love by Queen

QueenSomebodyToday’s song is an homage that spawned a hit. After the massive success of A Night At the Opera, Queen were international superstars. A Day At the Races followed, a sprawling mess of excess and charm. The highlight is built on the multitracking genius of Opera with a very different direction.

Freddie Mercury was a huge fan of Aretha Franklin and decided to explore the gospel roots of her sound. He wrote Somebody to Love, pondering the existence of a supreme being when so many people are left without love. Built over a simple, compelling piano figure, he crafted a gospel choir by multitracking his voice with Roger May’s and Brian Taylor’s. The result is a soaring pop anthem. May turns in a joyous guitar solo, reminding everyone that Queen is a ROCK band, then the gorgeous singing takes over again.

Enjoy this musical delight today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

One Response to Song of the Day, March 16: Somebody to Love by Queen

  1. Denny Sinnoh says:

    I thought it was a good group sing-along-together song drunk in a pub. Or maybe just the chorus.

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