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Under Pressure

“Under Pressure” is a 1981 song by the British rock band Queen which was written and recorded in collaboration with the singer David Bowie. It was included on Queen’s 1982 album Hot Space. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the group’s second number-one hit in their home country (after 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which topped the chart for nine weeks), and Bowie’s third UK number-one. The song only peaked at No. 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and would re-chart for one week at No. 45 in the US following Bowie’s death in January 2016. It was also number 31 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s.[1]

The song was played live at every Queen concert from 1981 until the end of Queen’s touring career in 1986.[2][3][4] It is recorded on the live albums Queen Rock Montreal and Live at Wembley ’86.[5][6] The song was included on some editions of Queen’s first Greatest Hits compilations, such as the original 1981 Elektra release in the US. It is included on the band’s compilation albums Greatest Hits II, Classic Queen, and Absolute Greatest[7] as well as Bowie compilations such as Best of Bowie (2002),[8] The Platinum Collection (2005) and Nothing Has Changed (2014).

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