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You're My Best Friend by Queen
Album: A Night At The OperaReleased: 1976Charted:
Queen bass player John Deacon wrote this song. All four members of the group wrote at least one of their hits.
John Deacon wrote this song about his wife. He enjoyed a rather quiet home life, and particularly in the early days of the group he was very shy and quiet, unwilling to put his song suggestions forward.
After Freddie Mercury died in 1991, Deacon became something of a recluse - he was involved in the posthumous album Made in Heaven, and on the 1997 single "No-One But You," he retired from music and has declined to tour with the band on their subsequent tours with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert. The band still maintains contact with him, and run decisions by him - according to Brian May, the rule is that if Deacon does not reply to an email, that's his way of saying it has his approval.
This song features a Fender Rhodes electric piano, which was a popular choice at the time, with many rock songs by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan using the instrument. John Deacon wanted to write a song incorporating the instrument, but Freddie Mercury did not want to play it. "I refused to play that damn thing," Mercury said. "It's tiny and horrible and I don't like them. Why play those when you have a lovely superb piano."
So Deacon took the Rhodes home, learned to play it, and started writing this song.
This was the follow-up single to "Bohemian Rhapsody
." It was also Queen's second song (after "Bohemian Rhapsody") to have an accompanying promo video filmed for it.
A surround-sound remix of this was included when the album was re-released in 2002.
This was featured at the end of the zombie movie parody Shaun Of The Dead
, as well as the Adam Sandler film I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry
. It was also used in the opening credits of the movie The Breakup
starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, while a slideshow of their pictures are rolling.