Queen

We Are the Champions

Composed by Freddie Mercury

Song Review by

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
News of the World 1977 Island 2:59
Billboard Top Hits: 1978 1978
Various Artists
Rhino 3:03
Greatest Hits [1981] 1981 EMI Classics 3:01
No Image 1981
No Image 1989 Capitol
Sounds of the Seventies: 1978 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:01
No Image 1991 Hollywood
No Image 1992 Hollywood
Greatest Hits [1992] 1992 Hollywood 3:00
No Image 1992 Hollywood 0:00
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Mercury 3:03
D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:58
Billboard Top Hits: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:03
Jock Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:59
Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 1995 Hollywood 3:01
Best Rock Anthems in the World...Ever! 1996
Various Artists
Virgin
D2: Mighty Ducks/D3: Mighty Ducks 1997
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:59
De Pre Historie: De Jaren 70, Vol. 2 (1977) 1997
Various Artists
Eva 3:01
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Collection 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Triumph of the Spirit 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
The Crown Jewels 1998 Hollywood 3:02
Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Gift to You 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 1 [Universal] 1999
Various Artists
Universal International 0:00
Radio Disney: Kid Jams, Vol. 2 2000 Disney 3:00
Lucky Numbers 2000
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic 3:01
Greatest Hits: I II & III: The Platinum Collection 2001 Hollywood 3:01
No Image 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:01
Gold 2003 EMI Music Distribution 3:00
Die 70er Show, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
BMG 3:01
50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles Platinum Collection 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:01
Jewels 2004 Parlophone 3:01
The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever! 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:00
Best Power Ballads In The World...Ever! 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:01
Capitol Gold Legends, Vol. 3 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:02
Greatest Hits 2004 Island 3:07
Greatest Karaoke Hits 2004 EMI / Toshiba EMI
Stone Cold Classics 2006 Hollywood 3:01
No Image 2007
Various Artists
101 Jukebox Classics 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:01
Greatest Hits/Greatest Karaoke Hits 2007 EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image 2008
Various Artists
EMM 3:00
The Singles Collection [13 CD] 2008 Parlophone 1:02
No Image 2008 Chacra Licensing
Absolute Greatest 2009 EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone 3:01
England: The Album 2010 2010
Various Artists
EMI 3:01
Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set, Vol. 2 2012 Hollywood / Hollywood Records (UK) / Universal Distribution 2:59
Icon 2013 Hollywood 3:03
538 WK 2010 Voetbalhits
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 2:59
Ballermann Hits: Die Fußball Party
Various Artists
EMM / Mixed Repertoire 2:59
Eishockey Hits
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 2:59
Grand Collection WSM / Polystar 3:01
No Image
Various Artists
The Greatest Hits '92, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Magnum