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|
Musicland Studios, Munich
|Genre||Pop rock, disco|
|Length||3:37 (7" and album version)|
7:03 (12" extended version)
|Producer(s)||Freddie Mercury and Reinhold Mack|
|Freddie Mercury singles chronology|
|"I Was Born to Love You"|
|Single by Queen|
|from the album Made in Heaven|
|Released||28 February 1996|
Hollywood (North America)
|Queen singles chronology|
"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 re-worked this song for their album Made in Heaven in 1995, by having the other members play their instrumental parts over the original track, transforming the song from a disco song to a rock song. The Queen version from the Made in Heaven album also includes samples of Mercury's ad-lib vocals taken from "A Kind of Magic" and from "Living on My Own".
The song received its live debut on the 2005 Queen + Paul Rodgers tour of Japan. Brian May and Roger Taylor performed the song acoustically. The song was also performed during Queen + Adam Lambert's concerts in South Korea and Japan, which was the first time that a full live band was used for the performance.
The video for the original Freddie Mercury version of the song was directed by David Mallet and filmed at the now demolished Limehouse Studios, London. The video was choreographed by Arlene Phillips and shows 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 video for the Made in Heaven version was directed by Richard Heslop for the British Film Institute, and was included on Made in Heaven: The Films. It shows inhabitants of a block of council flats. Couples kiss, kids play, and teenagers steal and destroy a car in a monochrome film. The audio also uses the vinyl edit. This video is included on Queen Jewels, the 2004 Greatest Karaoke Hits DVD.
The Japanese releases of the Days of Our Lives documentary in Japan mixes footage of Freddie Mercury's original solo video intercut with footage of Queen performing live at Wembley Stadium, "One Vision", "A Kind of Magic" and "Now I'm Here", and Freddie's solo video Living on My Own.
Appearances in other media
The song has appeared in the multiple television advertisements, mainly in Japan. The original version recorded by Mercury appeared 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. Jewels, Queen's tie-in compilation album released only in Japan, includes "I Was Born to Love You".
In Malaysia, Mercury's version, using a different mix, was used by Astro in TV advertisements to promote their coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The advertisement, commissioned by Astro through agency Dentsu LHS Malaysia and created by Pesona Pictures Indonesia, also have an unused version, which used Queen's version of the song.
- Original version
- Freddie Mercury - lead vocals, piano, synthesizer, Synclavier
- Fred Mandel - synthesizer, rhythm guitar
- Paul Vincent - lead guitar
- Curt Cress - drums
- Stephan Wissnet - bass guitar, Fairlight CMI
- Reinhold Mack - Fairlight CMI, Synclavier II
- Queen version
- Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals, piano, keyboards
- Brian May - electric guitar, keyboards
- Roger Taylor - drums, percussion
- John Deacon - bass guitar
- 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|
|South African Singles Chart ||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||76|
|Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)||69|
- Queen version
|1996||Japanese Oricon Chart||45|
|Japan (Japan Hot 100)||63|
- "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). Archived from the original on 23 April 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
- Astro Malaysia Facebook page
- Hafiz Ibrahim : Astro World Cup 2018
- http://rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(M).html Retrieved 6 January 2014
- "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
- "Queen Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 November 2018.