Hammer to Fall


"Hammer to Fall" is a 1984 song by the band Queen. It was taken from their 11th studio album The Works and is the fourth and final single. It went to number 3 in South Africa, number 13 in the United Kingdom and number 24 in Poland. It was performed at Live Aid in 1985.

"Hammer to Fall"
Single by Queen
from the album The Works
A-side"Hammer to Fall" (Extended Version) (12" single only)[1]
B-side"Tear It Up"
Released10 September 1984 (UK)
12 October 1984 (US)
RecordedJanuary 1984
  • 4:28 (album version)
  • 3:40 (single version)
  • 5:25 (12" Headbanger's version)
Songwriter(s)Brian May
Queen singles chronology
"It's a Hard Life"
"Hammer to Fall"
"Thank God It's Christmas"
Music video
"Hammer to Fall" at YouTube

Track listings


7" Single

  • A Side. "Hammer to Fall" (Single Version) - 3:40
  • B Side. "Tear It Up" - 3:24[4]

12" Single

  • A Side. "Hammer to Fall" (Extended Version) - 5:25
  • B Side. "Tear It Up" - 3:24


  1. "Queen UK Singles Discography 1984-1991". www.ultimatequeen.co.uk.
  2. Purvis, Georg (2007). Queen: Complete Works. Reynolds & Hearn. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-905-28733-8. Brian's love of hard rock is evident in 'Hammer To Fall'
  3. "The Ten Heaviest Queen Songs Ever - Metal Hammer". TeamRock. 22 June 2017.
  4. "Queen "The Works" album and song lyrics". www.ultimatequeen.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-12-10.