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"You're My Best Friend"
Song by Queen
from the album A Night at the Opera
Released18 May 1976
GenrePop rock[1]
LabelEMI (UK), Elektra (US)
Songwriter(s)John Deacon
Producer(s)Roy Thomas Baker and Queen
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"You're My Best Friend" is a song by the British rock band Queen, written by bass guitarist John Deacon. It was originally included on the album A Night at the Opera 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).


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.

The song was used in several TV shows and films such as Hot in Cleveland, EastEnders, My Name is Earl, The King of Queens, The Simpsons,[4] Shaun of the Dead and The Secret Life of Pets, in addition to the promo for the American television adaption of Wilfred. It appears in a 2016 TV commercial for PetSmart.

Music video[]

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.[5] The video was filmed in April 1976 [5] at Elstree Studios, London. Additionally, Deacon is seen playing a grand piano rather than the Wurlitzer he used on the recording.[6]


The song was composed by John Deacon in the key of C major with a meter of 4/4, in swing feel.[7]

The album A Night at the Opera features songs of numerous styles including this three-minute 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.[8] 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).[7] Mercury hits two sustained C5s in the lead vocal track.

Queen comments on the record[]

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:

Well, Freddie didn't like the electric piano, so I took it home and I started to learn on the electric piano and basically that's the song that came out you know when I was learning to play piano. It was written on that instrument and it sounds best on that. You know, often on the instrument that you wrote the song on.

—John Deacon[9]

I refused to play the damn thing Template:Bracket. It's tinny and horrible and I don't like them. Why play those things when you've got a lovely superb grand piano? No, I think, basically what he Template:Bracket is trying to say is it was the desired effect.

—Freddie Mercury[3]

Charts and certifications[]


Cover versions[]

  • The Supernaturals, Come Again (compilation album, 1997)
  • Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters, Long Playing (2005)
  • Rock4, A Night at the Opera (2006), an a cappella cover of the Queen album
  • Straight No Chaser, With a Twist (2010)
  • Melvins, Everybody Loves Sausages (2013), as "Best Friend"
  • Stevie Ann, single (2014)
  • The Once, Row Upon Row of the People They Know (2011)


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  2. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 513.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "You're My Best Friend by Queen". Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  4. "Queen". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Promo Videos: You're My Best Friend. Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  6. You're My Best Friend. Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Queen Songs: You're My Best Friend Archived 17 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Queen Songs. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  8. "The Making Of The Prophet Song (Classic Albums)". YouTube. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  9. "You're My Best Friend". Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  10. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  11. "you%27re+my+best+friend | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-20. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. [[[:Template:Certification Cite/URL]] "[[:Template:Certification Cite/Title]]"] Check |url= value (help). Recording Industry Association of America. URL–wikilink conflict (help) If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  14. Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-12. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)
  15. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  16. "Top 100 1976 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  17. "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Retrieved 12 October 2016.

External links[]

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