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We Will Rock You” is a song written by Brian May and recorded and performed by Queen for their 1977 album News of the World.[2] Rolling Stone ranked it number 330 of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in 2004,[3] and the RIAA placed it at number 146 on its list of Songs of the Century. In 2009, “We Will Rock You” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[4]

Other than the last 30 seconds containing a guitar solo by May, the song is generally set in a cappella form, using only stomping and clapping as a rhythmic beat. In 1977, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” were issued together as a worldwide top ten single.[5] Soon after the album was released, many radio stations began playing the songs back to back without interruption.[6]

Since its release, “We Will Rock You” has been covered, remixed, sampled, parodied, referenced and used by multiple recording artists, TV shows, films and other media worldwide.[7] Its memorable two stomp/one clap motif has been used by sports arenas around the world for decades as a rallying cry for the home team.

 

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