Crazy Little Thing Called Love chords



You can learn how to play Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen!

Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a single by Queen from the album The Game. Released in 1980 it became an integral part of the band’s live shows, being the only song Freddie would play guitar on.

Witten on the guitar by Mr. Mercury who is a great pianist but intermediate guitarist, contained “only chords I knew” as he put it himself.

According to the man himself, he felt being limited helped him write this simple song as it restricted him. Freddie has also mentioned how it is a song that pays tribute to two of his heroes, Elvis and Cliff Richard.

Apparently, it took him only ten minutes to write, how long will it take you to learn Crazy Little Thing Called Love’s chords?


Crazy Little Thing Called Love chords and lyrics


||: D (Dsus4) :|| x4

| D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) | G | C G/B |
This thing called love, I just can’t handle it.
| D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) | G | C G/B |
This thing called love, I must get ’round to it.
| D (Dsus4) | Bb C | D (Dsus4) | D N.C |
I ain’t ready, crazy little thing called love.

| D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) | G | C G/B |
This thing (this thing) called love (called love). It cries (like a baby), in a cradle all night.
| D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) | G | C G/B |
It swings (woo), it jives (woo). Shakes all over like a jellyfish.
| D (Dsus4) | Bb C | D (Dsus4) | D N.C |
I kinda like it, crazy little thing called love.

| G | G |
There goes my baby.
| C | G | Bb | Bb |
She knows how to rock and roll, she drives me crazy. 
| E7 | A N.C | (D C# C) | (A G# G) | E7 | A N.C |
She gives me hot and cold fever, she leaves me in a cool, cool sweat.

| D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) | G | C G/B |
I gotta be cool, relax, get hip, and get on my tracks.
| D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) | G | C G/B |
Take a back seat, hitchhike, and take a long ride on my motorbike.
| D (Dsus4) | Bb C | D (Dsus4) | D N.C |
Until I’m ready, crazy little thing called love.

| Bb | Bb | D | D |
| Bb | Bb | E7 | A N.C |
| (D C# C) | (A G# G) | E7 | A N.C |
Yeah

| N.C | N.C | N.C | N.C |
I gotta be cool, relax, get hip and get on my tracks.
| N.C | N.C | N.C | N.C |
Take a back seat, hitchhike, and take a long ride on my motorbike.
| N.C | N.C | N.C | (A G F# E) |
Until I’m ready (ready Freddie), crazy little thing called love.

| D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) | G | C G/B |
This thing called love, I just can’t handle it
| D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) | G | C G/B |
This thing called love, I must get ’round to it.
| D (Dsus4) | Bb C | D (Dsus4) |
I ain’t ready, crazy little thing called love.

||: Bb C | D (Dsus4) :|| x8
||: Crazy little thing called love (yeah, yeah) :|| x8


Crazy Little Thing Called Love chord progression

Being in the key of D, this is where we start off in the intro and verse. The D chord is varied with sus4 extension being added and taken away twice per bar. To avoid writing too many chords, I put the Dsus4 in brackets.

After this simple opening chord we move to chord IV (G) then bVII (C) a very rock-n-roll chord. This is followed by a fast G/B, before we’re back at D and Dsus4 again.

At the end of the verse, we move to Bb and C. This is a modal interchange, making us feel as if in Dm temporarily.

The bridge is a mix between D major and Dm chords too as we have G, C, and Bb again. The final line of the bridge moves from E7 – A – D, a cycle of 4th movement taking us to D.

The chromatic bass line that follows (D C# C | A G# G) is simply genius and creates yet another great, memorable hook for the song.

What makes this song is the simplicity of its writing, the great vocal, and straightforward lyrics. However, without Brian May’s sophisticated licks, it wouldn’t have worked – so much for sticking to the basics!


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