There Must Be More to Life Than This

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"There Must Be More to Life Than This"
Song by Freddie Mercury
from the album Mr. Bad Guy
Released29 April 1985
Songwriter(s)Freddie Mercury

"There Must Be More to Life Than This" is the eighth track on Queen singer Freddie Mercury's debut solo album Mr. Bad Guy, released on 29 April 1985 by Columbia Records.

The song was originally recorded by Queen for 1982's Hot Space, but failed to make the final version of the album. It was previously recorded as a duet between Mercury and Michael Jackson, along with two other songs: "State of Shock" (later reworked with Mick Jagger for a version by The Jacksons) and "Victory" (which remains unreleased).

Queen and Michael Jackson version[edit]

"There Must Be More to Life Than This"
Song by Queen featuring Michael Jackson
from the album Queen Forever
Released10 November 2014
Recorded1981 (original)
2014 (reworked)
Songwriter(s)Freddie Mercury
Producer(s)William Orbit

After Michael Jackson's death in 2009, Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor took steps to secure all three Mercury/Jackson duets, with a view to releasing them in 2012. However, Taylor likened dealing with the Michael Jackson Estate to "wading through glue".[1] Eventually, the parties agreed for "There Must Be More to Life Than This" alone to be released. "I was very pleased we had three new tracks to put on [Queen Forever]," said Taylor. "As well as the Michael Jackson track 'There Must Be More to Life than This', there is another song Freddie did with him, called 'State of Shock', with a massive rock sound. But we could only have one track with Michael, which is a great shame."[2]

The version on Queen Forever was produced and mixed by William Orbit, containing the original backing track from the Hot Space sessions with May on guitar, Taylor on drums and John Deacon on bass. An alternative mix by May was rejected in favour of Orbit's.



Chart (2014) Peak
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[3] 39


  1. ^ Alistair Foster (2014-08-27). "Freddie Mercury's duet with Michael Jackson could be rocking you this year, says Queen's Roger Taylor". Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  2. ^ Hasted, Nick (February 2015). "Queen reborn". Classic Rock. p. 36.
  3. ^ "Queen Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 December 2018.