We Are the Champions

Composed by Freddie Mercury

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Along with "We Will Rock You," Queen's "We Are the Champions" remains among rock's most recognizable anthems. It's nearly impossible to go to a sporting event and not hear either one of the tracks blaring through the sound system and excited fans clapping and singing along. The two songs have always been paired together -- they were the opening two tracks on 1977's News of the World, were issued together as a worldwide Top Ten single the same year, and were performed together in concert by the band as a triumphant show closer. The song was composed by Freddie Mercury, which alternates between gentle piano playing and bombastic rock, containing one of the grandest choruses the band ever came up with. The song has also appeared in motion pictures over the years, most notably at the conclusion of the hilarious 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds, and was sung by one of Mercury's heroes, Liza Minnelli, at the conclusion of a Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992. Of all their hits, "We Are the Champions," remains one of Queen's most enduring tracks.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Greatest Hits [1992] 1992 Hollywood 3:00
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