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We Are The Champions by Queen

Album: News Of The WorldReleased: 1977Charted:
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  • Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury wrote this. All four members of Queen contributed hit songs to the band's repertoire. Brian May wrote this song's counterpart, "We Will Rock You."
  • Freddie Mercury stated: "I was thinking about football when I wrote it. I wanted a participation song, something that the fans could latch on to. Of course, I've given it more theatrical subtlety than an ordinary football chant. I suppose it could also be construed as my version of "I Did It My Way." We have made it, and it certainly wasn't easy. No bed of roses as the song says. And it's still not easy."
  • This was released as a double A-side single with "We Will Rock You." On the album, it flows seamlessly from "We Will Rock You," which led disc jockeys to play the songs together. Even though CDs allow the tracks to be separated, the two songs are still usually played together.
  • This is commonly played at victory celebrations by sports teams, especially in the US.
  • In 1992, a New Jersey high school helped revive this song in America. Students in Clifton, New Jersey asked to sing it at their graduation, but the principal refused because he associated it with Freddie Mercury, who had died of AIDS the year before. This led the students to flood New York radio station Z100 with requests for the song, which the station started playing in sympathy for their cause. Queen had already been revived in the US by "Bohemian Rhapsody," which was used in the movie Wayne's World, so their appeal to the next generation was evident. "We Are The Champions" caught on as well, prompting their record company to re-release the single, which made #52.
  • This was used in the end credits of the 1992 movie The Mighty Ducks, starring Emilio Estavez. Two years later, it was played again at the end credits of the sequel, D2, in the scene where the team is huddled around a fire and they are singing the song. As a result, the song became more popular among teens and children who play sports. The movie spawned a new name for an NHL team a year after the first movie was made. Both the team (The Mighty Ducks) and the movie are owned by Disney. (thanks, Britney - Calabasas, CA)
  • In 2001, Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor recorded a new version of this with British singer Robbie Williams. This version was used in the movie A Knight's Tale.
  • Gavin DeGraw recorded this for the 2005 Queen tribute album Killer Queen. (thanks, Rachel - South Point, OH)
  • Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso sang the song after winning the 2005 Chinese Grand Prix, securing the Contructors' title for his team, Renault. The team later released an MP3 of the song being "played" by the engine they had used in that season, with the different notes played by changing engine speeds to adjust the pitch of the engine sound and exhaust note.

    A few years later in 2009, Jenson Button repeated this trick when he won the driver's championship for Brawn GP - singing the song over the radio on his slowdown lap at the Brazilian GP.
  • This song featured in a 2014 commercial for the Audi A3. In the spot, various celebrities, including the actress Kristen Schaal and the chef David Chang, recite lines from the song before Ricky Gervais to turn up the car's radio for the chorus.
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Comments: 60

Utter Genius to have WWRY and WATC back to back.

Is there a smoother intro (lyric) than that Piano and Freddie (SANGin) "I've Paid My Dues..."
Markantney - Biloxe
Big beautiful song.Theresa - Murfreesboro, Tn
i have a friend and we listen to the song(WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS)on our way to a football on our ipods before a really big game cuz it gets us pumped up for it even when its raining hard and the wind is realy blowing(like today) or if its on a nice sunny day.Joel - Seaside, Or
this is a song i used in my jornal prompts and i like it alot cuz i listen to it evrydayJoel - Seaside, Or
lol u can play We Will Rock You when the team is entering the field, and then We Are The Champions (if/when) the win!!! its brilliantJeremy - Ventura, Ca
I wrote the book Miss-takes: Life's Teachable Moments. In "We are the Champions", Queen sings "my misstakes, I've made a few." This shows the human side, but the song ends triumphantly. Miss-takes are going to happen, but don't let them slow you down. Remember- "a man fears the tiger that bit him last, instead of the tiger that will bite him next."Rick - Lafayette, Colorado, Co
This song brings many wonderful memories of Friday nights at the football stadium; especially the year we were undedeated! High school days are gone :(Polly - Anna, Il
One day I was driving in my car with my daughter who has PDD/NOS (an autistic spectrum disorder) She was bumming out because she has to struggle more than most to communicate. She's got a tough row to hoe...anyway, We Are the Champions by Queen came on the radio. I began to sing along with it and told her that WE are the champions. By the end of the song she had totally cheered up and we were high fiving! Ever since, this has been our little inspirational song.Dave - Lacrosse, Wi
This was paired up with "We Will Rock You". Those two are related somehow - they sound like appropriate hits for sport events. Well, at least "We Are the Champions". Think about it: "We are the champions of the world." Could it be football? Baseball? Whatever it is, "We Will Rock You" sounds more rock-star-like, but it's played at sporting events.Andrew - Birmingham, United States
I guess Freddie took this one to his grave... If your a Queen fan I'm sure you don't want to know this but let the truth be known... The song's a rocker and one of my fav's but lyrically from beginning to end this is a song highlighting the struggles (at the time) of gays in the world. Freddie goes after this one as a "fist-pumping, rally cry". Take a second look and try to place yourself in the mind set. Again, it's a great song but lyrically it is what it is!Russ - Richmond, Va
This is the stupidest song I think I've ever heard!!Rachel - Cleveland, Al
la a.q nasýl indircem bunuuuuu yazý al sana a.qAli - Izmir, La
Darrell, thats the saddest thing I've ever heardJasen - Milford, Mi
Several years ago, they used this song in a prescription erectile-dysfunction drug commercial (I believe that it was Viagra, but this old, overloaded brain apparently discarded that information), and after my girlfriend started joking about getting Viagra for me, I sold all of my vinyl, 8-tracks, cassettes and CDs of Queen to a local record store. No more Queen for me!Darrell - Eugene
I think another victory song that would be sweet for sports is R.Kelly's World's GreatestAtomicsushi - Qc, Other
If you play this song around me anywhere, at anytime I fall to the ground crying, it is the most triumphant song of all time, it is the anthem to life 4 anyone who's ever wanted to succeed, you can't tell me you when you were a kid you didn't invision yourself making a wnning shot, catching a winning touchdown or hitting a home run to win a championship, then this song playing, its the perfect song 4 victory and none compare to it, period, it pertains in no way to homosexuality, how weird are the people on here making those inuindos, go comment on an police song or somthing, wowGregory Spielman - Sacramento, Ca
im not too sure if i like this song much. it has a triumphant feeling to it, but it is so commonly played that it can get real tiring. however, it is nice to hear the melody after a victorious win.Jenna Madsen - Eureka!, Ca
I am kinda outsider in the community but that never stopped me...
I love this song and it reminds me of one of the greatest competition that we won.
Cheers to Queen.
Pranab - New Delhi, India
i believe freddy on this one i say it is about having bad times but then making it throughRusty - Arlen, Tx
I always viewed this song to be about how the band worked hard and achieved their goal of being a famous rock band.D - Edmonton
I don't care what it means, it's a damn good song!Jonathon - Clermont, Fl
In That Very Simpsons Episode,Homer SIngs The Song Like This.
"I Am The Champion,I AM THE CHAMPION,No Time For Losers,Cause I AM THE CHAMPION.....OF THE WORLD!"
Billy - Otway, Oh
great song what ells can i say well i'm going to go complain about another song seeyaTonya - Murry, Ky
I thought it was "I've had my share of sad kicks in my face." I guess that could also make sense.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
*sigh* Floyd.. wheres the link to the source? The song was written for a sport team, and has nothing to do with what you said.Amy - Dallas, Tx
I read somewhere that we are the champions is a gay ballad... lines like, "I've had my share of sand kicked in my face", and "I've done my sentence but commited no crime" signify the trials of being homosexual... go figureFloyd - Cf, Ia
I like We Will Rock You, but I detest this song. So when We Will Rock You comes on the radio, I pray We Are The Champions won't follow it, but usually to no avail. ARRRRGH!!Fyodor - Denver, Co
This song is great! First of all, if its Queen, it has to be great!Not just for sporting events, but for any acomplishmentCaitlin - Upper Township, Nj
Best band in the world.Amy - Dallas, Tx
I do not think this song is about homosexuals/bisexuals. I think its just about the band... being famous and THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD! I almost got in a fist fight with this lady who said this song was conceited. She didnt like the line "no time for losers" but then again, she not all too happy woth gays/bisexuals. Ugh how can anyone say anything BAD bout QUEEN????
lol sry for so many caps:-)
Whitequeen - A Place, Fl
I have never seen this published before anywhere but maybe it has. It sounds to me at each chorus that one of the later refrains of "we are the champions" line sounds a lot like the lyric is "queen are the champions", perhaps sung by Roger. What do you think?Geoff - Melbourne, Australia
Well Mr George from PA, if your so dang bothered by there being no better songs to inspire sports and such-- why dont YOU write something better? Good freaking luck, darling.Freddie - Orlando, Fl
about knights tale i agree. my history teacher made us watch it because it is "educational" and it looked promising in the beginning since they played we will rock you...nevertheless it sucked.Jeanette - Irvine, Ca
Dave in washington dc, are you trying to tell me that freddie mercury sang every part on bohemian rhapsody? because i'm pretty sure that it's four part harmony, and that roger taylor definitely sang all those incredibly high notes.Rick - Humboldt, Ia
I grow so tired of this INCREDIBLY overplayed song. This along with We Will Rock You are played over and over in just about every sporting venue that it makes me sick. The sad thing is that there are no other "victory" songs out there to replace them.George - Telford, Pa
i think this song is about homosexuals too.Jeanette - Irvine, Ca
Queen does an amazing job bulding up their song unlike some other bands we know of cough cough (Mettalica) cough cough (AC/DC). I like this song slightly more than We Will Rock You, but they are both great songs.Dan - Lee, Nh
This song is in the running to be the senior theme at my HS graduation. The ones who asked for it picked it because it's so perfect for the end of high school. "I paid my sentence but committed no crime" - We gave twelve years to this place for no fault of our own. "And bad mistakes, I've made a few" - Duh. We've all screwed up in school and in life. And then the triumphant, "Weeeee are the champions my friends" - We did it! Go Class of 06!!! HahaSara - Quinton, Ok
Champions is such an eternal balad. I cant stand it when others try to sing or recreate it... it make my heart hurt for some reason. I try to see the good of it, see it as respect for Freddie, but i really cant help but feeling like theyre stealing something the came FROM HIS SOUL-- and making it theirs. stealing it, forgetting him. Freddie was more amazing than any other musicain I have ever heard. His voice is so amazing in this song(and it always is, but you know.) No one else cam hit the way he held FIGHTING on the second chorus... no one can jsut... DO it the way he did! he had the voice of an ANGEL. angels in heaven must sound like Freddie did on earth.Freddie - Orlando, Fl
Yeah, I saw Green Day recently in Orlando. Green Day plays this song as part of their encore. It was sweet!Brad - Gainesville, Fl
I dought this song was about homosexuals, but then again it could be....... no one will ever know the truth. But people will have their theories. In my opinion, this song is about being the best and Queen was indeed the best. Another beautiful song that Freddie wrote and it showed off his gorgeous voice increadibly. This song along with Bohemian Rhapsody both showed off his amazing hypnotizing voice along with many others.Alicia - Tamaqua, Pa
The last song played at the Wembley Live Concert (which i beleive was the last concert Freddie did), seems pretty clear they were talking about themselves being the Champions.

As a footnote if you wathc the recording of the concert there's a bit where Freddi says that there were rumours that the band were going to split up. His response? that they would be together until they died. i always found that this was really moving as he knew he was dying and kept going till the end.
Ben - Kent, England
Yet another one of Queen's immortal songs. People will maybe celebrate victories on we are the champions forever, or at least for several ages yet to come. Thnak you Freddie, Roger, Brian and John!Daan - Tegelen, Netherlands
"Sheer Heart Attack", the punk rock song which immediately follows this one, was written by Roger but Freddie actually sang the lead vocal. His voice is buried so far down that it's hard to tell, but it's him.Kent Lyle - Palo Alto, Ca
Freddie only contributed 3 songs to this album, a much lower proportion than was usual. This might have been due to the album's style - they were trying to follow the trend of punk simplicity, and Freddie tended to write the most flamboyant songs. He has said this was his version of "My Way".Kent Lyle - Palo Alto, Ca
John never sang- not even live though it looks like he does.
roger sang:
modern times rock and roll
loser in the end
tenment funster
i'm in love with my car
drowse
fight from the inside
fun it
more of that jazz
(maybe some others)
Brian sang:
someday oneday
39
good company
she makes me (stormtrooper in stilletos)
far away
all dead all dead
leavin home ain't easy
sail away sweet sister
(and maybe some others)
Randall - Birmingham, England
Kevin- to name a few songs: Roger Taylor also sang "Fight From the Inside" and "Sheer Heart Attack", and (I think) Brian sang on "All Dead All Dead"...just to name a few, I'm sure there's a few more. I don't think John Deacon sang anything lead, or even backup (as far as I know)Melissa - Green Bay, Wi
It could be partially about saluting homosexuals RAJA, but I'm told it's about the fact they were the "champions" of their music genre, because everyone else was into disco and crap.Claire - Oak Ridge, Tn
"A Knight's Tale" is a total spoof, and despite the Queen and David Bowie in it , it is often best watched when one is in the hospital with a PICC line in their arm, as I was when I saw it.Claire - Oak Ridge, Tn
This is the most inspiring song ever, gotta love the Mighty Ducks for using it.Kate - Ottawa, Canada
I agree with you Charlie. Their songs have been degraded.Faruna - Shanghai, China
I know that Roger Taylor sang I'm in Love with my Car...but can someone tell me what other songs were sung by Deacon, May, or Taylor?Kevin - Rockland, Mt
did deacon ever sing leadDale - Milton Keynes, England
Dave, not all queen songs are sung by Freddie Mercury. Brain May and Roger Taylor both recorded numerous tracks with them singing leadFred - Indianapolis, In
you know i think its sad that great queen songs haver been tampered and degraded by commercials and movies!Charlie - Thomaston, Dc
As on all Queen songs, all of the vocals in this are Freddy Mercury. This is particularly amazing when you consider that on "We are the Champions" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," the vocals are extremely complex, with seven- and eight-part harmonies.Dave - Washington, Dc
Freddy Mercury's salute to homosexuals who had overcome years of discrimination and banishment.Raja - Austin, Tx
I don't think this song is about sports, I think its about the rise to fameWill - Portland, Or
If you watch the episode of The Simpsons in Series 1 where Homer and Marge go on a retreat to try and save their marriage, you can hear Homer singing his own hilarious rendition of "We Are The Champions".Dave - Cardiff, Wales
Featured in final scene of the film "Revenge Of The Nerds 1". During the credits another version of the song is played, perforemed by a choir.Sandra - Tel Aviv, Israel