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…
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!