Pain Is So Close to Pleasure

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"Pain Is So Close to Pleasure"
Single by Queen
from the album A Kind of Magic
B-side "Don't Lose Your Head"
Released 17 March 1986
Format 7"/12" vinyl single
Recorded 1985 – 1986
Genre Rock


  • 4:38 (Album version)
  • 4:17 (Single remix)
  • 5:56 (12" extended mix)
Label EMI, Capitol
Writer(s) Freddie Mercury, John Deacon
Producer(s) Queen and David Richards
Queen singles chronology
"Friends Will Be Friends"
"Pain Is So Close to Pleasure"
"Who Wants to Live Forever"

"Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" is a song by Queen, released only in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA as the second single from their 1986 album A Kind of Magic.

The song began as a riff idea by Brian May. Then John Deacon and Freddie Mercury turned that into a song, with Deacon playing rhythm guitar. The single reached #43 on the Dutch charts. The title also appears as a line in "One Year of Love". As with most Mercury songs, it has prominent keyboards and, like most Deacon songs, it has a prominent bass line. It is also one of the only songs in which Mercury sings all the vocals in falsetto.

The version which appears on the single is a remix, rearranging much of the backing track from the original elements. The 12" single features an extended version of this remix, rather than an extended version of the track as it appears on the album."Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" has more than 58,000 hits on Lastfm.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Country (1986) Peak
GermanyGermany 56
NetherlandsNetherlands 43



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