Crazy Little Thing Called Love chords by Queen


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Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: D (Dsus4) :|| x4

Verse 1

| 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.

Chorus 1

| D (Dsus4) | Bb C | D (Dsus4) | D N.C |
I ain’t ready, crazy little thing called love.

Verse 2

| 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.

Chorus 2

| D (Dsus4) | Bb C | D (Dsus4) | D N.C |
I kinda like it, crazy little thing called love.

Bridge 1

| G (G6) | G (G6) |
There goes my baby.
| C | G (G6) | Bb | Bb |
She knows how to rock and roll, she drives me crazy. 
| E7 | A5 N.C | (D C# C) | (A G# G) | E7 | A5 N.C |
She gives me hot and cold fever, she leaves me in a cool, cool sweat.

Verse 3

| 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.

Chorus 3

| D (Dsus4) | Bb C | D (Dsus4) | D N.C |
Until I’m ready, crazy little thing called love.

Solo

| Bb | Bb | D | D |
| Bb | Bb | E7 | A N.C |
| (D C# C) | (A G# G) | E7 | A5 N.C |
Yeah

Verse 4

| 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.

Chorus 5

| N.C | N.C | N.C | (A G F# E) |
Until I’m ready (ready Freddie), crazy little thing called love.

Verse 5

| 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.

Chorus 5

| D (Dsus4) | Bb C | D (Dsus4) |
I ain’t ready, crazy little thing called love.

Outro

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



Crazy Little Thing Called Love Chords: Learn the progressions


Crazy Little Thing Called Love Analysis + TAB T

Crazy Little Thing Called Love is in the key of D, and this is where we start in the intro and verse.

The D chord is varied with the sus4 extension being added and taken away twice per bar. To avoid writing too many chords, I put the Dsus4 in brackets.

After this D chord riff, 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.

Here are all of Crazy Little Thing Called Love‘s verse chords:

| D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) | G | C G/B |
| D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) | G | C G/B |

To play this on the acoustic guitar without a band, I would suggest you play the chords like this:

Crazy Little Thing Called Love chords and TAB verse acoustic

Listen to the recording and you can hear that Freddie plays this more like a beginner (hitting all strings) which is fine if you have the band around you.

However, if you are playing this as the only instrument, that would sound very annoying after a while so I’ve divided the strumming up in the TAB above.

Should you play this on the electric in a band as the only guitarist, try playing the chords of Crazy Little Thing Called Love like this:

Crazy Little Thing Called Love chords and TAB verse electric

This is a more focused part, using an A shape for the D chord riff rather than an open position D chord makes it easier to get to the C-shaped G.

For the chorus, we move to Bb and C. This is a modal interchange, making us feel as if in the key of Dm temporarily, like this:

| D (Dsus4) | Bb C | D (Dsus4) | D N.C |

Members get acoustic and electric TAB for how to play the chorus as well.

The bridge is a mix between D major and D minor chords too as we have G, C, and Bb again. The final line of the bridge moves from E7AD, a cycle of 4th movement taking us to D.

The chromatic bass line that follows, D C# C, and A G# G, is simply genius and creates yet another great memorable hook for the song. Here are all of Crazy Little Thing Called Love’s bridge chords:

| G (G6) | G (G6) | C | G (G6) | Bb | Bb |
| E7 | A N.C | (D C# C) | (A G# G) | E7 | A5 N.C |

The bridge is the most sophisticated part of this tune, I’ve arranged an acoustic part that incorporates the bass line for you. You also get an electric part in TAB.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love was the only song Freddie Mercury wrote on the guitar!

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, it contained “only chords I knew” as he put it.

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?

What makes this song is the simplicity of its writing, the great vocals, and the 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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Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords like Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


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Queen

Queen wrote Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Formed in 1970 in London when Freddie Mercury added himself to the band Smile, Queen was destined for greatness, eventually selling 300 million albums.

Their impressive catalogue includes Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You, Don’t Stop Me Now, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.


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