I Was Born to Love You (song)
|"I Was Born to Love You"|
|Single by Freddie Mercury|
|from the album Mr. Bad Guy|
|B-side||"Stop All the Fighting"|
|Released||8 April 1985|
|Genre||Pop rock, disco|
3:37 (7" and album version)7:03 (12" extended version)
|Producer||Freddie Mercury and Mack|
|Freddie Mercury chronology|
|"I Was Born to Love You"|
|Single by Queen|
|from the album Made in Heaven|
|Released||28 February 1996
"I Was Born to Love You" is a 1985 song by Freddie Mercury, and was released as a single and on the Mr. Bad Guy album. After Mercury's death, Queen remixed this song for their album Made in Heaven in 1995, by having the other members play their instrumental parts over the original track.
The Queen version from the Made In Heaven album also includes samples of Mercury's ad-lib vocals taken from "A Kind of Magic" from the 1986 album of the same name and from "Living On My Own" from his Mr. Bad Guy album.
Brazilian singer Danni Carlos recorded a cover version in 2003.
The video for the Freddie Mercury version of the song was directed by David Mallet and filmed at the now demolished Limehouse Studios, London and features Freddie singing in front of a wall of mirrors, then running through a house with an unknown woman (Debbie Ash), before dancing on a podium.
The BFI video was directed by Richard Heslop for the British Films Institute was included on Made In Heaven: The Films release and features the inhabitants of a block of council flats of every sexual persuasion. Couples kiss, kids play, and teenagers steal and destroy a car in this monochrome piece and the audio also uses the vinyl edit.
The video for the Queen version of the song included on Queen Jewels, the 2004 Greatest Karaoke Hits DVD and the Japanese releases of the Days Of Our Lives documentary in Japan features footage from Freddie's original solo video intercut with footage of Queen performing at Wembley Stadium on 12 July 1986, One Vision and A Kind Of Magic and Freddie's solo video Living On My Own.
Appearances in other media
The song has been featured in the multiple television advertisements, mainly in Japan. The original version recorded by Mercury was featured in the TV commercial of Japanese cosmetics company Noevia in the mid 1980s. The Queen version was released as a single exclusively in Japan in February 1996, because the song was used in a TV ad for Kirin Ichiban Shibori, one of the best-selling liquors of the country produced by the Kirin Brewery Company. The single became their first song that entered the Japanese chart since "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)", released in 1977.
In 2004, Queen's version was used as the theme for Pride, the successful Japanese drama starring Takuya Kimura and Yūko Takeuchi, aired on Fuji Television, that featured the songs by the band. Jewels, their tie-in compilation album featured "I Was Born to Love You" and released only in Japan, and the song re-entered the Japanese chart.
This song was also released as a Japan only release by rocker Andrew W.K. in February 2011.
- Freddie Mercury - lead vocals, piano, synthesizer
- Fred Mandel - piano, synthesizer, guitar
- Paul Vincent - lead guitar
- Curt Cress - drums
- Stephan Wissnet - bass guitar, Fairlight CMI
- Mack - Fairlight CMI
- Freddie Mercury - lead vocals, piano, keyboards
- Brian May - lead guitar, keyboards
- John Deacon - bass guitar
- Roger Taylor - drums, percussion
Freddie Mercury version
|German Media Control Chart||10|
|UK Singles Chart||11|
|Austrian Singles Chart||20|
|Swiss Singles Chart||24|
|Japanese Oricon Singles Chart||55|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||76|
|1996||Japanese Oricon Chart||45|
- "クイーン アイ・ワズ・ボーン・トゥ・ラヴ・ユー - goo 音楽 (Release information - Queen - I Was Born to Love You)". music.goo.ne.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-06-28.