My Sunday Song – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen

For My Sunday Song #225, we are going to dive in to the Queen classic, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” off the band’s 1980 album, ‘The Game’. The song went all the way to #1 on the US Billboard Charts and sold over a million copies making it a platinum selling single. Not too shabby.

The song was written by Freddie Mercury and was a tribute to none other than Elvis Presley. Freddie wrote the song in only about 10 minutes and he wrote it playing a guitar. Freddie also plays rhythm guitar on the song as well which if I’m not mistaken is the first time he had ever done that for one of the band’s songs. In a Melody Maker interview back in 1980, Freddie had this to say about the song…

‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ took me five or ten minutes. I did that on the guitar, which I can’t play for nuts, and in one way it was quite a good thing because I was restricted, knowing only a few chords. It’s a good discipline because I simply had to write within a small framework. I couldn’t work through too many chords and because of that restriction I wrote a good song, I think. (Freddie Mercury)

I would say he did. The song is so simple, yet it is amazingly catchy and bores into your brain where it lives like a welcomed memory. It is almost magical. Once you here those first few notes, you know you are in for a good time as it has that old school rockabilly rhythm that you can’t wait to get to the sock hop and dance your ass off.

I am sure you’ve heard this one before, but who cares, give it another listen and let me know what you think. Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you have a Happy Sunday!!

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

This thing called love
I just can’t handle it
This thing called love
I must get round to it
I ain’t ready
Crazy little thing called love

This thing (this thing) called love (called love)
It cries (like a baby) in a cradle all night
It swings (ooh, ooh), it jives (ooh, ooh)
It shakes all over like a jelly fish,
I kinda like it
Crazy little thing called love

There goes my baby
She knows how to rock-n-roll
She drives me crazy
She gives me hot and cold fever
She leaves me in a cool, cool sweat

I gotta be cool, relax, get hip
Get on my tracks
Take a back seat, hitch-hike
And take a long ride on my motorbike
Until I’m ready
Crazy little thing called love

I gotta be cool, relax, get hip
And get on my tracks
Take a back seat, hitch-hike
And take a long ride on my motorbike
Until I’m ready (Ready Freddie)
Crazy little thing called love

This thing called love
I just can’t handle it
This thing called love
I must get round to it
I ain’t ready
Crazy little thing called love [repeat to fade]

Written by Freddie Mercury

21 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen

      1. Not true! AC/DC was never covered on Idol (probably because the band didn’t want the contestants to destroy their songs). Yeah it’s insane, that show was my first introduction to Queen, Foreigner, Heart, Simple Minds, Aerosmith, and the list goes on and on!

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  1. Great song…it’s funny after all of their complex arrangements on some of their other songs…one of their greatest is this straight ahead fifties rocker.

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  2. If u have an hour to spare maybe check out BJ facebook page for the hour long live concert they did since there is not gonna be a tour. Would love to hear your thoughts on the show since u said u probably won’t be hearing the new songs and will not get the new album. This way the only cost will be your time and hopefully it will not be a total waste. I’m still loving 2020 album.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. I did check it out (skipped a couple songs i don’t like), but all in all it was an enjoyable set. He sounded better than I am used to hearing. Still not a fan of the album though :-). But American Reckoning is a great song.

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