Innuendo (song)

song by Queen (1990)

Innuendo is the first single from the 1991 album Innuendo, by the English rock band Queen. This single is one of the longest released by Queen. The video is contains animation and clips from other Queen songs, like "The Miracle", "Breakthru", "The Invisible Man", "Scandal" and "I Want It All". The single "Innuendo" reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1991.[4]

Single by Queen
from the album Innuendo
Released14 January 1991 (1991-01-14)[2]
RecordedEarly 1989 – mid 1990
GenreProgressive rock[3]
  • 6:30 (album version)
  • 6:46 (12-inch explosive version)
  • 3:28 (promo version)
Songwriter(s)Queen (Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor)
Queen singles chronology
"The Miracle"
"I'm Going Slightly Mad"
Music video
"Innuendo" on YouTube

Music video


A very elaborate music video was created to accompany the single and released on 10 December 1990, combining stop motion animation with rotoscoping and featuring creepy dolls in a detailed miniature cinema set. The band members only appear as illustrations and images, mainly taken from earlier Queen music videos (such as "The Miracle", "Scandal", "Breakthru", "The Invisible Man", "I Want It All", and clips from "Live at Wembley Stadium 1986"), on a cinema screen in the same manner as in the film Nineteen Eighty-Four, with Mercury drawn in the style of Leonardo da Vinci, May in the style of Victorian etchings, Taylor in the style of Jackson Pollock, and Deacon in the style of Pablo Picasso.[5] It also featured a montage of historical stock footages. The interlude of Flamenco music showed some claymation figures of jesters, tumbling, clapping and juggling, which were animated by Klaybow Films. The video won production company DoRo (who also produced the videos to all other singles from the Innuendo album) a Monitor Award for Best Achievement in Music Video.




Country Certification
United Kingdom(BPI) Silver
Chart (1991) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 28
Austrian Singles Chart 12
Dutch Singles Chart 4
German Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 4
Italian Singles Chart[6] 4
New Zealand Singles Chart 10
Swiss Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart 1
US Mainstream Rock Chart 17


  1. "Queen UK Singles Discography 1984-1991".
  2. "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music Week. 12 January 1991. p. vi. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  3. "Queen - Innuendo". Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2015. "The opening self-titled track has the band doing their tourist bit reminiscent of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' harking back to their progressive rock roots."
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 523. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. Queen - Champions of the World video (1995)
  6. "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: Q". Retrieved 2014-03-30.

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