This week marked the 35th Anniversary of the release of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love,’ and it seemed even the X Factor was paying attention as Janet Devlin covered the rock classic, albeit in a more sedate fashion.
The song was penned by lead singer Freddie Mercury and featured on the band’s 1976 album A Day at the Races, and went to number 2 in the UK charts. With a mixture of Queen’s usually guitar rock and the slightly more usually choir group vocals, the song is one of Queen’s most popular and has been covered a number of time.
Janet Devlin wasn’t the first X Factor start to tackle ‘Somebody to Love,’ with acts such as G4, Rhydian Roberts and Joe McElderry all singing it in previous years, it’s clearly a popular song for the UK talent show.
Of course, one obvious cover version is the one done by the Glee crew. What songs haven’t been covered by Glee at this point? Sung with more enthusiasm than Miss Devlin, this version definitely leaves you in a much better mood, even though the lyrics are still quite dark.
A slightly less traditional version of the song, is this lip dub version of the song from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It was performed in a single shot, and shows around 60 students kicking off their school year in style.
Finally, Confused.com, the comparison site which offers car insurance for young drivers used ‘Somebody to Love’ in their television adverts in 2010. The voice of Cara was sung by Louise Dearman, the West End star.
Do you love Somebody to Love as much as we do? Maybe you have another favourite Queen song? Let us know in the comments below!
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