Meaning of “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen

“Fat Bottomed Girls” is the title of a 1978 single by the renowned British rock band Queen. Lyrically, this track is all about the appreciation of women endowed with large derrières. That’s all there is to the lyrics of this song. To the narrator, big women are the epitome of beauty.

Lyrics of Fat Bottomed Girls

According to Queen’s legendary guitarist Brian May, he penned this song with Freddy Mercury (lead singer of Queen) in mind. Why? Because Mercury liked fat bottomed “girls… or boys”. May revealed this during a 2018 interview with Mojo magazine.

Brian May's interview with Mojo Magazine

That said, it is important to note that May also told Mojo that a part of the song’s inspiration also came from “stuff” he saw in both his and Mercury’s life. We can’t help but wonder what this “stuff” is.

Facts about “Fat Bottomed Girls”

  • Brian May solely penned this track.
  • The production of the song was done by Queen in collaboration with English record producer and songwriter Roy Thomas Baker. FYI: Baker also produced Queen’s iconic song “Bohemian Rhapsody“.
  • On October 13, 1978, “Fat Bottomed Girls” was released as a double A-side single along with Mercury-penned “Bicycle Race”. Owing to this, radio stations tend to play both songs together. After “Fat Bottomed Girls”, they play “Bicycle Race” or vice versa.
  • A line from “Fat Bottomed Girls” references the Queen single “Bicycle Race”. The line in question is “Get on your bikes and ride!”. It’s noteworthy that a line from “Bicycle Race” also references this song.
  • The lead vocals on this track were handled solely by Mercury.  Roger Taylor and Brian May took care of the backing vocals.
  • The original artwork for this single was so offensive that it was banned. Queen was forced to alter it in order to remove the ban on it.
  • This single was a chart success. In the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number 24. In the UK Singles Chart, it performed better, peaking at number 11.

Did Queen make a music video for this classic?

Yes, they did. The official clip for this song was shot in Texas, United States. To be precise, it was filmed at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (formerly called the Dallas Convention Center) in Dallas, Texas.

Which album is “Fat Bottomed Girls” on?

It was released as one of the singles from Queen’s seventh studio album Jazz.

15 Responses

  1. dumbquestion says:

    Meaning? How more clear cut can it get? Take it as you want it lol Goes both ways… Especially due to the fact that it’s sang by a [expletive].

  2. Terry Mac says:

    American underground comix legend Robert “R.” Crumb was also a huge fan of “fat bottomed girls”! Check out his 70’s artwork to find put what the attraction of a “fat bottomed girl” is!

  3. Anonymous says:

    It really doesn’t matter what the sexual orientation of the singer was. Brian May who was very much a heterosexual male, was the writer of the song. Freddie was Bi. The actual love of his life was in fact a female named Mary Austin.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you feel the need to virtue signal about the group that sang a song titled “Fat Bottomed Girls” you’ve got way too much time on your hands

  5. Kathy says:

    Love this song, another Queen song that stood the test of time.

  6. Ben Hamilton says:

    It sounds to me like this is a song about a guy who was sexually assaulted by his overweight nanny as a child. He lost his virginity to her and continued to have sex with overweight women as an adult.

    • Mark Stahl says:

      OMG Hahahahaha! Yup, you hit the nail on the head. That is exactly how I interpret this song. I also agree the sexuality of the singer bears no weighing effect on the meaning of the song. Freddie was actually bi. But he still LOVED something every single male, straight or gay LOVES………big ol’ butts!

  7. Neviss says:

    Bingo! This song’s about p*dophi*ia, plain and simple. It’s amazing and hypocritical that it’s so popular; if the lyrics were “left alone with my daddy, he was such a ho*ny fatty, you made a bad girl out of me” and sung by a woman, people would be outraged, and rightly so.

  8. great big wobbly boobies says:

    i truthfully always believed that this was a taboo song, been with, or been attracted to larger women or men is seen as taboo by the media and at the time been gay was very taboo, especially with the aids epidemic, so i thought the song was saying im a guy i like men, but in a equally taboo way, saying im a skinny guy and i like big girls.

    like the song ‘big girl you are beautiful’ it annoys me that a gay good looking guy can say ye i like big women, if you like big women then be with them, you cant tell someone your attracted to them, when really your not because your gay, you could say you understand why people would think they were attactive, but nothing more, like me im a straight larger female but i can see why men and gay women would love great big wobbly boobies.

    just saying

  9. Bunda Lover says:

    If there is a brazilian here would understand. We love “traseiros” aka “bunda” too.

  10. J says:

    Previous comments already said it all. This song is about sexual abuse in childhood. It’s so messed up, shows how male sexual abuse was a taboo at that time (and it still is)

  11. Inquiring Mind says:

    Doesn’t “bottom” in English slang mean “pu**y”?

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