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News of the World is the sixth studio album by Queen, released in 1977. It's best known for generating the hit songs "We Will Rock You," "We Are the Champions," and "Spread Your Wings." If you were looking for the muckraking British tabloid, information is at British Newspapers.


Side One

  1. "We Will Rock You" (2:01)
  2. "We Are the Champions" (2:59)
  3. "Sheer Heart Attack" (3:26)
  4. "All Dead, All Dead" (3:10)
  5. "Spread Your Wings" (4:34)
  6. "Fight from the Inside" (3:03)

Side Two

  1. "Get Down, Make Love" (3:51)
  2. "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" (3:06)
  3. "Who Needs You" (3:05)
  4. "It's Late" (6:26)
  5. "My Melancholy Blues" (3:29)


Principal Members:

  • John Deacon - bass, guitar, percussion
  • Brian May - guitar, backing and lead vocals, percussion
  • Freddie Mercury - lead vocals, piano, cowbell, percussion
  • Roger Taylor - drums, percussion, backing and lead vocals, guitar, bass

These tropes will rock you!:

  • A Cappella: "We Will Rock You". The song is generally set in a cappella form, using only stomping and clapping as a rhythmic beat, except at the very end, which has a guitar solo.
  • Age-Progression Song: The three verses of "We Will Rock You" address, in order, a boy, a young man, and an old man.
  • Alliterative Title: "Sleeping On The Sidewalk".
  • Audience Participation Song: "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" were very popular during Queen's arena rock shows and Freddie often used the opportunity to have everybody sing along.
  • Advertisement:
  • Badass Boast: "We Are The Champions".
    I consider it a challenge to the whole human race
    And I ain't gonna lose!
  • Break Up Song: "It's Late", "Who Needs You?", "My Melancholy Blues" are all about this topic.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The album cover is based on a painting by Frank Kelly Freas, an artist best known for painting scenes of science fiction stories. The image, originally featured on the cover of the October 1953 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, showed a giant intelligent robot holding a human corpse. The members of Queen asked Freas if he could paint the exact same image, only with them in place of the corpse.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: The rhythm of "We Will Rock You" was achieved by the band members clapping their hands and stomping on wood planks with heavy boots, multi-tracked and processed with tape delay.
  • Face on the Cover: The band members are shown on the album cover, but as victims in the hand of an iron giant.
  • Gentle Giant: On the album cover.
  • Genre Roulette: "Who Needs You" has a Spanish guitar arrangement, complete with some Gratuitous Spanish by Freddie.
  • Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: Subverted on the album cover.
  • Grief Song: "All Dead, All Dead", about Brian May's cat. "My Melancholy Blues", a sad about feeling blue.
  • Heavy Meta: "Sheer Heart Attack", penned by Roger Taylor, is notably a Take That! at the emerging punk scene... in the form of a punk song!
  • Incredibly Long Note:
    • "Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer Heart Attack".
    • The "of the wooooooooooooooooooooooooooorld" at the end of the first chorus of "We Are The Champions", and at the end of its live renditions.
      • If one listens to any of the available Rock Band stems note  of this particular song, Freddie holds the note for so long that it seeps into the recording studio's reverb and disappears. Technically, in the final mix, the note never ends.
  • Intercourse with You: "Get Down, Make Love".
    Make love inside your bed, everybody get down make love.
  • Ironic Echo: "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" also has this: "I may get hungry but I sure don't wanna go home [...] I don't get hungry and I sure don't wanna go home [...] I may get hungry and I sure do wanna go home".
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: "All Dead, All Dead", about one of Brian May's dead cats.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Who Needs You?", a cosy, relaxing Spanish guitar track about Freddie claiming he doesn't need a former lover anymore. Even more dissonance stems from the fact that the song was written by John Deacon, who also penned such "break-up with you" songs as "Another One Bites The Dust" and "I Want to Break Free", while being the only one in the group to have had a singular, long, happy marriage (1975 - present).
  • New Sound Album: While not outright ditching the Glam Rock base of Queen's sound, News of the World shifts their material into a more commercially-accessible direction, a response to the fading popularity of Progressive Rock and concurrent rise of Punk Rock.
  • No Ending: "Sheer Heart Attack" kind of just...stops. Not to the effect of the band just abruptly stopping, but...imagine if you were listening to the song and someone came over and turned off the device that was playing it immediately after the chorus.
  • Non-Appearing Title: The album title. Unusual for Queen, this is actually averted for every song on the album.
  • Non-Indicative Name: "My Melancholy Blues" is in fact, a jazzy, piano-driven torch ballad. The one true blues song on the album is "Sleepin' On The Sidewalk".
  • Pep-Talk Song: "We Will Rock You", "We Are The Champions", "Spread Your Wings", "Fight From The Inside" are all songs about beating people who bring you down and triumphing in the end.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Freddie on "Get Down, Make Love", Roger on "Fight from the Inside", Brian on "Sleeping on the Sidewalk".
  • The Power of Love: "Sheer Heart Attack" about love for somebody that is so powerful that it borders a heart attack.
  • Questioning Title?: "Who Needs You?"
  • Siamese Twin Songs: "We Will Rock You", "We Are The Champions" fade almost directly into each other. They were also released on single that way. During concert shows, sport manifestations and parties the songs are usually played directly after one another (except during the 1986 "Magic" tour, which had "Friends Will Be Friends" played between them).
  • Something Blues: "My Melancholy Blues".
  • Sudden Musical Ending: "Sheer Heart Attack" ends this way.
  • Take That!:
    • "We Are the Champions" was described by Freddie as being a "take that" directed to the music press, which almost always gave the band horrendous reviews (ex: Rolling Stone describing Queen as "the first fascist rock band" etc.) yet they continued to be one of the world's most popular and best selling bands. When the rest of the band heard Freddie do the first run-through of the song they "fell out laughing", knowing exactly whom he was slagging.
    • "Fight from the Inside" and "Sheer Heart Attack" (both written by Roger) are Take Thats at the then-emerging punk scene.
  • Title Track: "Sheer Heart Attack" is one for a completely different album, being an outtake from it that was repurposed here.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The wide-eyed giant robot on the album cover doesn't seem to understand why its new playthings have stopped moving.

Alternative Title(s): News Of The World