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"Take On the World"
Single by Judas Priest
from the album Killing Machine
B-side"Starbreaker (live)"
Released5 January 1979 (UK) [1]
Genre Heavy metal
Label Columbia
Judas Priest singles chronology
"Before the Dawn"
"Take On the World"
" Evening Star"

"Take On the World" is a song by English heavy metal band Judas Priest, originally released on their 1978 album Killing Machine, and released as a single in January 1979. It was the first Judas Priest single to chart in the UK top 40, reaching number 14. The song was an attempt at producing a stadium shoutalong tune in the mould of Queen's " We Will Rock You". It was also covered by new wave band The Human League on their 1980 tour. [2] According to guitarist K.K. Downing, the song was used by Wolverhampton Wanderers football club as their club song. [3] As a single it sold around 400,000 copies.[ citation needed]



Chart (1979) Peak
Ireland ( IRMA) [4] 11
UK Singles ( OCC) [5] 14


  1. ^ "Judas Priest singles".
  2. ^ "THE HUMAN LEAGUE – CONCERTS". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  3. ^ Downing, K.K. (20 September 2018). HEAVY DUTY : days and nights in judas priest. CONSTABLE. ISBN  978-1-47212-867-6.
  4. ^ " The Irish Charts – Search Results – Take On the World". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 September 2022.