I gotta be cool, relax, get hip … until I’m ready (ready, Freddie) — Queen, 1980

On Feb. 23, 1980, Queen had their first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” It would remain at #1 for four weeks (and would also go to #1 in Australia, Canada, Mexico and the Netherlands).

Lead vocalist Freddie Mercury said the song came to him while in the bathtub at a Munich hotel. He quickly got out of the tub to work out the melody on guitar and piano. In the studio, Mercury played the song for the band (lead guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor). The band recorded the song quickly, just a few takes, and it became the first Queen recording to feature Freddie Mercury playing guitar.

The single was released in the UK in 1979 and went to #2. Elektra Records was reluctant to release the rockabilly-tinged song in the US, but then radio stations in several American markets started playing imported copies of the single. Reluctantly, the label released it in December of 1979.

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” was one of ten songs to appear on Queen’s eighth LP, The Game, which would be released later in the summer of ’80. The Game also included the band’s second #1 single in the US, “Another One Bites the Dust” — the bass-driven track written by John Deacon.

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