I Want It All
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|"I Want It All"|
|Single by Queen|
|from the album The Miracle|
|B-side||"Hang on in There"|
|Released||2 May 1989|
|Format||7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD single, Compact Cassette|
|Genre||Hard rock, Heavy metal|
|Length||4:42 (album), 3:57 (single)|
|Producer||Queen, David Richards|
|Queen singles chronology|
"I Want It All" ( sample (help·info)) is a song by English rock band Queen, featured on their 1989 thirteenth studio album The Miracle. Written by guitarist and backing vocalist Brian May (but credited to Queen) and produced by David Richards, the song was released as the lead single from the album on 2 May 1989. "I Want It All" reached number three on both the UK Singles Chart and the American Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one in other European territories.
The song is notably heavy for Queen and features themes relating to rebellion and social upheaval. Songwriter May, however, claims that it is about having ambitions and fighting for one's own goals; because of this, the song became an anti-apartheid song in South Africa and has also been used as a gay rights protest theme and a rallying anthem for African-American youth.
Style and reception
In reviewing The Miracle for Allmusic, Greg Prato suggested that the song, like title track "The Miracle", "reflect[s] on [...] the state of the world in the late '80s," summarising the song stylistically as "heavy rock." Melville-based newspaper Newsday mentioned "I Want It All" as one of "The best" of the album, describing it as "colored by May's rocking guitar rolls and Mercury's rough-boys vocals." In reviewing the album, The Dallas Morning News described "I Want It All" in some depth, explaining how it "starts off with a Bowiesque guitar part, picks up a heavy cargo of steel, quickly lays down the hard line implied by the title, then takes flight along Mr. May's greased fretboard."
The music video features the band performing in a studio that used halogen lighting. This was done in an attempt to disguise Freddie's gaunt appearance due to his battle with AIDS. It was directed by David Mallet.
Video game appearances
Guitar Hero series
Rock Band series
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