“Somebody to Love” is the sixth track off of iconic British rock band Queen’s 1976 album: “A Day at the Races”. Similar to their most popular song “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the track offers a layered melody of complex harmonies with an echo of gospel choir.
Written by frontman Freddie Mercury on the piano, “Somebody to Love” tells the tale of a broken and depressed man, begging God to get him out of this mind set by finding him “somebody to love”. “Got no feel, I got no rhythm / I just keep losing my beat (just keeping losing and losing) / I’m okay, I’m alright (he’s alright, he’s alright) / I ain’t gonna face no defeat (yeah, yeah)” – this verse encapsulates the entirety of the song, the up and down of emotions Mercury is feeling, but yet he is still trudging on. Discussing the melody of the track once again, despite the base of the song being heavily rock based, the use of softer yet just as powerful vocals from the gospel style choir that has been seen in Queen’s previous songs. The song was heavily inspired by Aretha Franklin and her soulful and incredible voice.
The music video is fairly simple, with over 155 million views, showing videos of Queen singing the track in a studio to on stage, which was just clips taken from their 2002 “Greatest Video Hits 1” DVD.
Release Date: 12th November 1976
Songwriter/s: Freddie Mercury
Label/s: EMI Records / Elektra / Tonpress (Poland)
Chart Rankings/Certifications: Gold in Italy, Silver in the United Kingdom. Reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the states, and #2 in the UK.