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Friends Will Be Friends

"Friends Will Be Friends"
Single by Queen
from the album A Kind of Magic
B-side "Friends Will Be Friends (Extended Version)"/"Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme)"
Released 9 June 1986
Format vinyl record (7"/12")
Recorded 1985 – 1986
Genre Rock
Length 4:07 (album version)
5:58 (CD bonus track: "Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends")
6:15 (12" extended version)
4:14 (video version)
Label EMI, Capitol
Writer(s) Freddie Mercury
John Deacon
Producer(s) Queen
Reinhold Mack
Queen singles chronology
"One Year of Love"
"Friends Will Be Friends"
"Pain Is So Close to Pleasure"

"Friends Will Be Friends" is a song performed by Queen and written by Freddie Mercury and John Deacon, included on the album A Kind of Magic. It was the band's 30th single in the UK upon its release on 9 June 1986, reaching number 14 in the UK.

"Friends Will Be Friends" was performed live on The Magic Tour. It is remarkable that it was the first and only song that was sung at the end of concerts between "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" since the News of the World Tour in 1977.[1]

The song was included in various greatest hits compilations by Queen such as Greatest Hits II, Greatest Flix II and Greatest Video Hits II.


  • Musical Arrangement 1
  • Music video 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Chart performance 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Musical Arrangement

The song's key signature is G major, and makes heavy use of Brian May's melodic guitar playing style. A variation of this could be heard in the Live At Wembley '86 album, as the song is played in F major in this case. The song differs from a lot of other Queen singles in that it does not have a bridge or guitar solo.

Music video

The video was directed by DoRo and filmed at JVC Studios, Wembley in May 1986 and features the band performing the song in front of fan club members. The lead singer, Freddie Mercury, high fived the audience members and at the end Freddie cuts the music and sings along with the audience letting them lead; because of this, it was nicknamed "Queen's Greatest Show Never Performed".


Chart performance

Chart (1986) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart[2] 16
German Singles Chart[3] 20
Irish Singles Chart[4] 4
New Zealand Singles Chart[5] 50
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 19
UK Singles Chart[7] 14


  1. ^ Information about Queen's concerts with typical setlists
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External links

  • Official YouTube videos: music video, music video (VEVO)
  • Lyrics at Queen official website
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