Open-mic Song­book: Queen – Crazy Lit­tle Thing Called Love

Add Fred­die Mer­cury’s strum-along to your reper­toire. Just a hand­ful of easy chords and a sim­ple strum­ming pat­tern are needed…

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This much-loved Queen strum­mer topped the charts around the world in 1979 and 1980 – which is re­ally not bad con­sid­er­ing Fred­die Mer­cury al­legedly wrote it in about five min­utes! The orig­i­nal record­ing is quite bare by Queen’s stan­dards; there are no pi­anos or key­boards and those trade­mark multi-lay­ered vo­cals make only brief ap­pear­ances in verses 2 and 4.

The song opens with an acous­tic riff that avoids the usual rock ’n’ roll clichéd chug­ging, and is based in­stead on an open D chord with your fourth fin­ger chang­ing to a sus4 on beat 2 of each bar. With­out get­ting too bogged down in the­ory, sus4 chords are nei­ther ma­jor nor mi­nor, hav­ing their al­limpor­tant 3rd in­ter­vals re­placed (or to use the tech­ni­cal term, ‘sus­pended’) with the fourth note from the ma­jor scale – hence the name ‘sus4’.

How­ever, don’t worry if you don’t un­der­stand. The Dsus4 here is re­ally easy to play. You’ll be jam­ming along in no time!

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