You're My Best Friend (Queen song)

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"You're My Best Friend"
Single by Queen
from the album A Night at the Opera
B-side '39
Released 18 May 1976
Format 7"
Recorded 1975
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 2:52
Label EMI (UK), Elektra (US)
Writer(s) John Deacon
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker and Queen
Queen singles chronology
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
(1975)
"You're My Best Friend"
(1976)
"Somebody to Love"
(1976)
A Night at the Opera track listing

"You're My Best Friend" is a song by the British rock band Queen, written by bassist John Deacon. It was originally included on the A Night at the Opera album in 1975, and later released as a single. In the US, "You're My Best Friend" went to number sixteen.[2] The song also appeared on the Live Killers (1979) live album and on the compilation albums Greatest Hits (1981), Absolute Greatest (2009) and Queen Forever (2014).

History[edit]

Deacon wrote the song for his wife, Veronica Tetzlaff. In this song, he plays a Wurlitzer electric piano in addition to his bass guitar work.[3] The characteristic "bark" of the Wurlitzer's bass notes plays a prominent role in the song. During live performances, the band used a grand piano rather than an electric, and it would be played by Freddie Mercury, while Deacon played the bass guitar just like in the original recording.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Bruce Gowers, shows the band in a huge ballroom surrounded by over one thousand candles, including a huge chandelier hung from the ceiling.[4] The video was filmed in April 1976 [4] at Elstree Studios, London. Additionally, Deacon is seen playing a grand piano rather than the Wurlitzer he used on the recording.[5]

Composition[edit]

The song was composed by John Deacon in the key of C major with a meter of 4/4, in swing feel.[6]

The album A Night at the Opera features songs of numerous styles including this three-minute ballad pop song.[1] Very unusually for the genre there is no section appearing more than twice; this is characteristic of many Queen songs, as affirmed by Brian May.[7] On the other hand, in terms of phrases and measures, there are numerous repetitions or variants. The form is cyclic and very similar to that of "Spread Your Wings" (1977). Another similarity between the two songs is the lack of (real) modulation. The arrangement features 3 and 4-part vocal and guitar harmonies, bass (melodic approach), drums, and electric piano. This is Deacon's second recorded song and the first one released on single, some six months after the album-release. Mercury's lead vocal features lot of "special effects" (voice, rubato-ized rhythms, ornaments, slides).[6] Mercury hits two sustained C5s in the lead vocal track.

Queen comments on the record[edit]

The band answered Tom Browne on 24 December 1977 in a live BBC Radio One interview, regarding Deacon's control of the piano for the recording:

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Personnel[edit]

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