We Will Rock You was written by the incredible Brian May and performed by himself and his buddies in Queen before coming one of the most popular songs in the whole world.

A popular choice for sports teams and to get people in the mood for some big event, We Will Rock You is easily recognised from the first clap of the song and see's any dancefloor fill up from the offset.

The stamping effects were created by the band overdubbing the sounds of themselves stomping and clapping many times and adding delay effects to create a sound as though there was a whole crowd of people participating.

When performed live, the song is typically followed by We Are The Champions which was on the same album as the two songs were designed to run together.

On the 45 of the song's original vinyl record release, the song was actually the flip side of "We Are the Champions" in Britain, however the American record company requested to put the two songs together as a "double A-side" because American radio stations were playing them back to back.

However, it's not just on radio and in concert that this song has found an incredible reputation. The Texas Rangers use the song to get the crowd going ahead of their games and the Detroit Pistons used the song as their theme during the Bad Boys era of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

People have also tried to cash in on the sucess of the record with Eminem sampling the track on his album The Eminem Show. Also, rappers Chamillionaire and Lil Wayne sampled the song's well known intro for their own song, "Rock Star", found on Chamillionaire's album, Ultimate Victory.

Slightly less ceremoniously, in an episode of Friends, Ross Geller recorded the audio message of the answering machine using this song, but changing the lyrics to "We will, we will, call you back" as well as another play on words in the 1994 movie D2: The Mighty Ducks, when, during a montage of a hockey game the audience cheers "We Will Quack You" as the Mighty Ducks go onto victory.

Who could forget the Brian May collaboration with boyband 5ive in 2000 where the guys teamed up to produce a newer version of the song for the UK charts which ended up sitting pretty at number one.

But if you want to live the joy of the song now, then check out the We Will Rock You musical which is rocking up London's West End at the Dominion Theatre and was written by Ben Elton and Queen.

Femalefirst - Ruth Harrison