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Queen – We Are The Champions guitar play along with on screen guitar tab

Classic track from the 1977 Queen album News Of The World penned by Freddie Mercury in 6/8 time and in the key of E Flat.

There are two Brian May guitar parts. This video obviously just plays one with the lead guitar too.

Written by Freddie Mercury, “We Are the Champions” was built on audience response, with Brian May stating; ‘We wanted to get the crowds waving and singing. It’s very unifying and positive’.

Musically, it is based around Mercury’s piano part, with Roger Taylor and John Deacon providing a drums and bass guitar backing. May overdubbed some guitar sections, initially subtle, but building to a ‘solo’ played simultaneously with the last chorus. Mercury employed many jazz chords (major and minor 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th harmonies), and the choruses featured these voiced as 4 and 5-part vocal harmonies. The lead vocal is very demanding and strident (highest point is a C5 both belted and in falsetto), with one of Mercury’s most notable performances taking place at the Live Aid concert, at Wembley Stadium, London in 1985.

The single featured “We Will Rock You” as a B-side, and followed the song on the album. The two songs were often played consecutively at the close of Queen concerts, and are customarily played together on radio broadcasts (in album order). Keeping with tradition, it was also used to close the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert with all the show’s acts joining in behind the lead vocal of Liza Minnelli.

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