I Was Born to Love You (song)

"I Was Born to Love You" is a 1985 song by Freddie Mercury, and was released as a single and on the Mr. Bad Guy album. After Mercury's death, Queen re-worked this song for their album Made in Heaven in 1995, by having the other members play their instrumental parts over the original track, transforming the song from a disco song to a rock song. The Queen version from the Made in Heaven album also includes samples of Mercury's ad-lib vocals taken from "A Kind of Magic" and from "Living on My Own".

"I Was Born to Love You"
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Single by Freddie Mercury
from the album Mr. Bad Guy
B-side"Stop All the Fighting"
Released8 April 1985
Format7" single
Musicland Studios, Munich
GenrePop rock, disco
Length3:37 (7" and album version)
7:03 (12" extended version)
Songwriter(s)Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury singles chronology
"Love Kills"
"I Was Born to Love You"
"Made in Heaven"
Music video
"I Was Born to Love You" on YouTube
"I Was Born to Love You"
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Single by Queen
from the album Made in Heaven
Released28 February 1996[1]
(Japan only)
FormatCD single
Recorded1984, 1993-1995
Hollywood (North America)
Queen singles chronology
"A Winter's Tale"
"I Was Born to Love You"
"Too Much Love Will Kill You"

The song received its live debut on the 2005 tour of Japan, given by Queen + Paul Rodgers. Brian May and Roger Taylor performed the song acoustically. The song was also performed during the concerts given by Queen + Adam Lambert in South Korea and Japan, which was the first time that a full live band was used for the performance.

Music videosEdit

The video for the original Freddie Mercury version of the song was directed by David Mallet and filmed at the now demolished Limehouse Studios, London. The video was choreographed by Arlene Phillips and shows Freddie singing in front of a wall of mirrors, then running through a house with a woman (Debbie Ash of Hot Gossip), before dancing on a podium.

The video for the version used on Made in Heaven was directed by Richard Heslop for the British Film Institute, and included on Made in Heaven: The Films. It shows inhabitants of a block of council flats. Couples kiss, kids play, and teenagers steal and destroy a car in a monochrome film. The audio also uses the vinyl edit. This video is included on Queen Jewels, the 2004 Greatest Karaoke Hits DVD.

The Japanese release of the documentary Days of Our Lives mixes footage of Mercury's original solo video intercut with footage of Queen performing live at Wembley Stadium, "One Vision", "A Kind of Magic" and "Now I'm Here", plus his solo video "Living on My Own".

Appearances in other mediaEdit

The song has appeared in the multiple television advertisements, mainly in Japan. The original version recorded by Mercury appeared in the TV commercial of Japanese cosmetics company Noevia in the mid 1980s. The Queen version was released as a single exclusively in Japan in February 1996, because the song was used in a TV ad for Kirin Ichiban Shibori,[1] one of the best-selling liquors of the country produced by the Kirin Brewery Company. The single became their first song that entered the Japanese chart since "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)", released in 1977.

In 2004, Queen's version was used as the theme for Pride, the successful Japanese drama starring Takuya Kimura and Yūko Takeuchi. Jewels, Queen's tie-in compilation album released only in Japan, includes "I Was Born to Love You".

The song was used in episode 29 of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, during a competitive game of gym-class volleyball.

In Malaysia, Mercury's version, using a different mix, was used by Astro in TV advertisements to promote their coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[2] The advertisement, commissioned by Astro through agency Dentsu LHS Malaysia and created by Pesona Pictures Indonesia, also have an unused version, which used Queen's version of the song.[3]

Cover versions were released by Hannah Jones (singer), Worlds Apart and Andrew W.K. in February 2011.

A cover version based on Queen's version is used in the fourth level of the Nintendo DS video game Elite Beat Agents


Original version
Queen version

Chart historyEdit

Freddie Mercury version
Chart (1985) Peak
German Media Control Chart 10
UK Singles Chart 11
Austrian Singles Chart 20
Swiss Singles Chart 24
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 55
South African Singles Chart [4] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 76
Chart (2016) Peak
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[5] 69
Queen version
Year Chart Peak position
1996 Japanese Oricon Chart 45
2004 1 (Re-Entry)
Chart (2018) Peak
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[6] 63


  1. ^ a b "クイーン アイ・ワズ・ボーン・トゥ・ラヴ・ユー - goo 音楽 (Release information - Queen - I Was Born to Love You)". music.goo.ne.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 23 April 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
  2. ^ Astro Malaysia Facebook page
  3. ^ Hafiz Ibrahim : Astro World Cup 2018
  4. ^ http://rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(M).html Retrieved 6 January 2014
  5. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Queen Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 November 2018.

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