Throwback Thursday — Somebody to Love | Queen (1976)

Hope O'Dell

Out of Queen’s huge discography, this song could be considered one of the most basic to choose as a jam. I have a reason, hear me out. I was perusing Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist and stumbled upon Troye Sivan’s rendition of this song for the soundtrack of Bohemian Rhapsody, that came out on Nov. 2. It breathed the life back into the song for me. It exuded the complete desperation, the exasperation, in trying to search for someone to love.

There is no denying the almost divine power of Freddie Mercury’s voice crooning the lyrics. “Ooh, each morning I get up I die a little/Can barely stand on my feet/Take a look in the mirror and cry/Lord, what you’re doing to me”. He embodies the monotony and drudgery of living a life devoid of love. Needless to say, the best part of the song is the buildup. The repeating lyric, “Find me somebody to love”, has a beat that feels like a heart on an adrenaline rush. The pressure builds until Mercury breaks the tension with a question, “Can anybody find me somebody to love?”. Just like that, Mercury ends the song as he began it. Searching for someone to help him out of his lonely predicament.