You're My Best Friend

Album: A Night At The Opera (1976)
Charted: 7 16
Play Video


  • 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.
  • Deacon played an electric piano on this track, which was a popular choice at the time, with many rock songs by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan using one. The piano was either a Fender Rhodes or a Wurlitzer, or possibly a combination of both - sources vary. Deacon wanted to write a song incorporating the instrument, but Freddie Mercury, the group's keyboard man, 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 electric piano 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Raina - Manila, Philippines, Tommi - Porvoo, Finland and Mike - Detroit, MI

Comments: 35

  • Neel from IndiaI thought he wrote it on a Wurlitzer...
  • Maristella from PhilippinesI don't see or hear any sexual implications in this song. It's a pretty wholesome song on friendship knowing who wrote it and for whom. In fact I find it very sweet of John to write this song for his wife. I also love the way Freddie sings it, even the slight moan at the end is okay. Freddie is Freddie, he can sing the song anyway he likes it. (I'm writing the last line in present tense... Freddie is very much alive in my heart and mind.)
  • Carrie from Roanoke, VaUnlike JM, I actually like the sound of the electronic piano (even though it's so atypical of their style that at first I didn't think Queen sang this). It's a very distinctive opening, and I love the sighing vocals on the chorus. Every time I hear this in the grocery store or anywhere, I have to sing along.
  • Jfv from Philadelphia, PaThis song contains many of the trademarks that embody the classic Queen sound and feel. Breathy vocals, thunderous drums, a catchy bass line, crafty guitar work, especially during the solo, powerful backing vocals and harmonies and even a few vintage high notes from Roger Taylor. As the follow up single to Bohemian Rhapsody, it cemented me as a Queen fan as I'm sure it did many others. (4/15/08)
  • Alexandra from Zagreb, CroatiaOh, just one thing. "...doesn't deserve being bashed for being bisexual." What do you mean to say Alicia? What's wrong with being bisexual? I can understand that it's wrong to associate his songs to his personal life - well, most of the time, at least. But I just don't see why it's easier not to label him, when he was, indeed, bisexual.
  • Alexandra from Zagreb, CroatiaI love this song, especially considering that I do love my best friend and that my lover IS indeed my best friend. It's just so appropriate. And it's wonderfully happy and fuzzy and lemony and all that.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdA trivia item--this song (almost) shares its title with an early Jefferson Airplane song, which immediately preceded their breakout hit, "Somebody To Love." The JA song ("My Best Friend") is also very beautiful; my favorite line in it is, "Now I can see I've fallen into your love-stream." There was also "(People Let Me Tell You 'bout My) Best Friend," the theme song for the TV series, "Courtship of Eddie's Father" with Bill Bixby. Because song titles cannot be copyrighted, there are many instances of 2 (or more!) famous songs sharing a title, sometimes identically.
  • Ched - from La Union, PhilippinesVERY SWEET...
    that's why i love John Deacon because he made this song for his wife... he is seems to be a mysterious man coz he is quiet but smiles a lot.. but, we all know he is also a great composer...i always admire men who express their love for their wives in various ways. Love you John! i hope you join brian and roger on their tours again...
  • David from Deerfield Beach, FlPosted 10/24/2007. I like a lot of Queen songs, but "You're My Best Friend" is probably my favorite. I love this song!
  • Jonathon from Clermont, FlI want this at my wedding, but the girl I'm with is into Mariah Carey, not that I can't appreciate her and all, but you know...I love this one.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScYou've got to be kidding me? There's no sexual implications!
  • Bonnie from Pgh, PaQueen is great! This song was just recently on My Name Is Earl.
  • Ariana from Lima, Perufor an unknown reason i was looking for the lyrics in google and i found this song appears in will & grace's soundtrack
  • Matt from Fort Myers, FlThis sounds like a song about a man who gets a new dog or has had a dog that has stuck by his side all of his life.
  • Nathan from L-burg, KyReally good song it sounds like the other popular songs from that era
  • Katie from Somewhere, NjThe only "sexual implication" I can think someone might be referring to is just the part at the end where Freddie sort of moans. But that's it. He does that in a lot of songs. It's one of his trademarks. One of my favorite things about this song is how the second verse, the whole "I've been with you such a long time" part is only done through one speaker, so if you have headphones, it sounds as though Freddie's whispering right into your ear! I got goosebumps the first time I heard it that way.
  • Robb from Williamstown, Nj 08094, Njp.s. "Nothin' like a little Queen for theKing"
  • Robb from Williamstown, Nj 08094, Nj"This tune is cool enough to play and sing to the Lord"
  • Lianna from New York City, NyWhat the...? Okay, I see no sexual implication! It's a great song. It makes you happy. As far as I'm concerned, that's about it!
  • Alicia from Tamaqua, PaI agree with Freddie, Orlando, FL....... Freddie shouldn't be labeled as a bi, heck he shouldn't be labeled at all, other than being one of the best musicians in the world. He had so much in his heart and doesn't deserve being bashed for being bisexual. No one "out right" knew he was gay untill his death. Obviously he wanted to keep it private as it was. Back then his music, as people considered it, purely inocent. But now that people know he was gay, they somehow tie his sexual preference into the true meaning of the lyrics. Even songs he didn't write! But what can be done about that...nothing. People will have their opinions and of course won't think theirs stinks. I just wish people didn't think of Freddie like that. He kept that part of himself very much private and it really should stay that way. Yes he was bisexual, lets please just leave it at that. No he wasn't totally ashamed of it and Neither am I for having an Idol that was bisexual, its just that he shouldn't be looked at just for that....or at all. He should be veiwed as leaving such a legacy that no one can touch. Had he lived, everything would be so different in the music industry. Thats something that should be considered amongst you guys that only see one thing and nothing else. The small close minded people that insist that his sexual preference was all to the Great Freddie Mercury, in fact it was anything but.
  • Alicia from Tamaqua, PaUHG...why do people read too much into these things??? And why do people think any love song that Freddie sings has to do with sexual implications between men? He sang and wrote "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and it was about a woman. Just because he was bisexual everyone assumes that and bashes the intentions he had for the song. As it was stated before, this song was purely written by Queen's Bassist John Deacon for his wife. I find this song very lovable and sweet. Its sweet that a man would write a song for his love. Freddie was just beautiful singing it.
  • Freddie from Orlando, FlYeah, it beina baout Victoria makes sence. They were married then, uugh they were SOOOO cute together. "rain or shine, youve stood by me girl..." its cute. a cute deaky-song. and no worries. he is oh so straight. I dont think theyre are sexual anythings in it either.
    And dont let Freddies sexuality damper your thoughts on his music, he was a brilliant musicain with a heart full of so many good things. I miss him very much. Listen to him as a person, not a Bi person.
  • Danny from Sydney, AustraliaThere aren't any sexual implications in this song, it's just a love song about a man's feelings towards his woman
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScSexual implication? Where? Always thought it was just a love song!
  • Liz from Someplace, Ctcan someone point out the said sexual implication? i can't see it . . .
  • Mike from Detroit, Mi1:Where are there sexual implications, 2: This son isnt about two guys because it says things like girl in it.
  • Kent Lyle from Palo Alto, CaJohn admitted that he couldn't sing, but as an electrical engineer he had other valuable skills that came in very handy, like building amplifiers.
  • Kent Lyle from Palo Alto, CaIncidentally, John was the only member whose marriage survived the long haul. Brian suffered a messy divorce in the last 80s, and Roger had a series of relationships and stuff.
  • Kent Lyle from Palo Alto, CaJohn played the electric piano. It's a very pleasant song, though the melody and structure reminds me slightly of "Killer Queen".
  • Randall from Birmingham, Englandonly freddie was "gay" - he was bisexual if you want to be pedantic.
  • Nina from Townsville, OhThis is a great song, and I'm glad that you think John Deacon wrote this for his wife. I hope your right. I mean I always thought that one or all of the members of Queen were gay (forgive me if I'm wrong). So needless to say I thought this song was about two guys.
  • Kevin from Bridgeport, CtJohn Deacon wrote this song for his wife Veronica...I believe after this song was released Veronica had their first child. They had 6 children since 1975.
  • Chuck from Joppa, Md, MdEr, I know of no sexualy implications in the lyrics.
  • Eddie from Lachine, Mi It was recently featured in a Yahoo! Search commercial. It's a sad world we live in when we find that our best friends are particles of machinery.
  • Emma from Kingston, EnglandEven though there is a sexual implication in the lyrics, I think it is just as appropriate between best friends as between lovers. it's my and my best friends fav song.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa CarltonSongwriter Interviews

The "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks and how she captured a song from a dream.

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. Televangelists

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsSong Writing

When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.

Amy Grant

Amy GrantSongwriter Interviews

The top Contemporary Christian artist of all time on song inspirations and what she learned from Johnny Carson.

Michael Bolton

Michael BoltonSongwriter Interviews

Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And Scandals

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And ScandalsSong Writing

Surprise exits, a catfight and some very memorable performances make our list of the most memorable Idol moments.

Angelo Moore of Fishbone

Angelo Moore of FishboneSongwriter Interviews

Fishbone has always enjoyed much more acclaim than popularity - Angelo might know why.