Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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Although Queen was one of the world's biggest rock bands by the dawn of the '80s, they were also often targeted by the young punk movement as being "dinosaurs." But just as everyone thought they had Freddie Mercury and company figured out, they issued one of their most musically varied (and best) albums, 1980's The Game. The album touched upon many different musical styles, but perhaps the most surprising was the rockabilly tribute "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." The song was penned entirely by Freddie Mercury, but since it sounded so close to Elvis Presley's classic recordings, it led many people to incorrectly assume that it was an Elvis cover. When writing the song, Mercury was hit with inspiration at a peculiar moment -- in the book Queen: A Visual Documentary by Ken Dean, Mercury was quoted as saying "I wrote 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' in the bath," while staying at a hotel. Guitarist Brian May has said in interviews that he arrived at the sessions for "Crazy" late, the song was almost completed (with Mercury supplying rhythm guitar on the track). May quickly laid down his tasty lead guitar break, but without his usual homemade guitar -- he used an old Telecaster to get that clean, '50s rockabilly feel. Although the song was included on The Game, it was issued as a single in October of 1979, where it hit number two in England and topped the charts in the U.S., becoming one of Queen's most fun and biggest hits.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Game 1980 Hollywood 2:43
Greatest Hits [1981] 1981 EMI Classics 2:43
No Image 1981
No Image 1989 Capitol
Greatest Hits [1992] 1992 Hollywood 2:41
No Image 1992 Hollywood 0:00
Son in Law 1993
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:44
Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 1995 Hollywood 2:43
Sounds of the Eighties: 1980 1995
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:45
Wonderful World [Dino] 1995
Various Artists
Peter Pan (ISP) 2:43
Mr. Wrong 1996
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:45
The Best of 70's Rock Chart Toppers, Vol. 2 1997
Original Soundtrack
Priority Records 2:46
The Crown Jewels 1998 Hollywood 2:44
Best Millennium Party Ever 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:43
Simply the Best [Warner Bros. 40 tracks] 2000
Various Artists
WEA International 2:34
Decades: Story of the 60's, 70's & 80's [EMI] 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:43
Greatest Hits: I II & III: The Platinum Collection 2001 Hollywood 2:43
Ö3 Greatest Hits, Vol. 14 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:43
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Gold 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:42
I Love 2 Party 2004 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 2:43
Jewels 2004 Parlophone 2:42
Super 70's, Vol 2: The Return 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:43
Greatest Hits 2004 Island 2:43
Greatest Karaoke Hits 2004 EMI / Toshiba EMI
Stone Cold Classics 2006 Hollywood 2:44
Greatest Hits/Greatest Karaoke Hits 2007 EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2007
Various Artists
No Image 2008 Hollywood 2:45
Singles Collection, Vol. 2 2009 Parlophone 2:44
Absolute Greatest 2009 EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone 2:44
The Tiswas Album 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:42
Queen 40: Limited Edition Collector's Box Set, Vol. 2 2012 Hollywood / Hollywood Records (UK) / Universal Distribution 2:48
Queen Forever 2014 Hollywood 2:43
Bohemian Rhapsody [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2018 Hollywood / Hollywood Records 2:43