Queen - We Are The Champions



"We Are the Champions" is a song by the British rock band Queen, first released on their 1977 album News of the World. Written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, it remains among rock's most recognisable anthems.


The song was a worldwide success, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart, number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, number three in Canada and the top ten in many other countries. In 2009 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and was voted the world's favourite song in a 2005 Sony Ericsson world music poll.




In 2011, a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest in the history of popular music.


Written with audience participation in mind, Mercury said "We" in the song’s title refers to everyone who is singing it. Brian May called the song "unifying and positive". "We Are the Champions" has become an anthem for victories at sporting events, including as an official theme song for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and has been often used or referenced in popular culture. The song has also been covered by many artists.


On 7 October 2017, Queen released a Raw Sessions version of the track to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of News of the World. It was made from previously unheard vocal and instrumental takes from the original multi-track tapes. It also presents for the first time the original recorded length of the track, which is two choruses more than the 1977 edited single.




Lyrics


I've paid my dues

Time after time.

I've done my sentence

But committed no crime.


And bad mistakes‒

I've made a few.

I've had my share of sand kicked in my face

But I've come through.


And I need to go on and on, and on, and on.


We are the champions, my friends.

And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end.

We are the champions.

We are the champions.

No time for losers

'Cause we are the champions of the world.


I've taken my bows,

And my curtain calls.

You brought me fame and fortune, and everything that goes with it.

I thank you all.


But it's been no bed of roses,

No pleasure cruise.

I consider it a challenge before the whole human race,

And I ain't gonna lose.


And I need just go on and on, and on, and on.


We are the champions, my friends.

And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end.

We are the champions.

We are the champions.

No time for losers

'Cause we are the champions of the world.


We are the champions, my friends,

And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end.

We are the champions.

We are the champions.

No time for losers

'Cause we are the champions.