Written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” was the first single from Queen’s 1980 album The Game. It was a big hit written in a remarkably short amount of time. Who says the creative process has to take forever?
In 1981, Freddie Mercury told Melody Maker magazine that he wrote the two-minute and 42-second song on a guitar, which he barely knew how to play, in just five to ten minutes. Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor, confirmed that, saying that Mercury wrote it in ten minutes while in the bathtub at his hotel room during one of the band’s recording sessions in Munich.
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” went on to top the charts in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands. It sounds like it could have been written in the 1950s and is, in fact, Freddie Mercury’s tribute to Elvis Presley. Both the song and the video have a ’50s rockabilly vibe.