“Who Wants to Live Forever” by Queen was written by their lead guitarist Brian May for the soundtrack to the film Highlander, the fantasy film directed by Russell Mulcahy. The single was released on September 15, 1986 with “Killer Queen” on the B-side. The song is included on the band’s twelfth studio album “A Kind Of Magic”. The song is known for its dramatic and emotional sound.
“Who Wants to Live Forever” is characterized by its grand orchestral arrangement, featuring Freddie Mercury’s powerful vocals and Brian May’s distinctive guitar work. The song explores the theme of mortality and the desire for eternal life, reflecting on the idea that living forever may come with its own challenges and hardships. The song’s production creates a sense of melancholy and contemplation, adding to its emotional impact. “Who Wants to Live Forever” is often celebrated for its moving and introspective lyrics and is considered one of Queen’s standout ballads.
While it was not released as a single in all regions, the song has remained a fan favorite and is appreciated for its timeless and emotive quality. It’s often performed at Queen concerts and is considered a classic track in the band’s discography.
The video was directed by British director David Mallet and filmed in the warehouse at Tobacco Wharf in London. It featured the National Philharmonic Orchestra with forty choirboys.