Break My Stride

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"Break My Stride"
Single by Matthew Wilder
from the album I Don't Speak the Language
A-side "Break My Stride"
B-side Instrumental
Released October 26, 1983
Format 7" vinyl; 12" vinyl
Genre New wave, synthpop, reggae-pop
Length 3:02
Label Private-I
Writer(s) Matthew Wilder, Greg Prestopino
Producer(s) Peter Bunetta, Rick Chudacoff, Bill Elliot
Certification BPI Silver [1]
Matthew Wilder singles chronology
"Break My Stride"
(1983)
"The Kid's American"
(1983)

"Break My Stride" is a reggae/new wave song co-written and performed by American musician Matthew Wilder, released as the first single from his debut album I Don't Speak the Language on October 26, 1983. It was a major hit single for him in 1983 and 1984, becoming a multiformat success in the U.S., charting on the Pop, Black, Dance and Adult Contemporary charts.

The song has been covered by many artists throughout the years, including charting versions from Unique II in 1996 and Blue Lagoon in 2004, and, in interpolations, Puff Daddy in 1997 and Christina Aguilera with Lil' Kim in 2003.

Matthew Wilder version[edit]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Break My Stride" — 3:05
  2. "Break My Stride" (instrumental) — 3:05

Chart performance[edit]

Included on his 1983 album I Don't Speak the Language, the single went to number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in January and February 1984, and went to number four in the UK in January 1984. On the U.S. Cash Box chart, Wilder's single reached the number two position, where it remained for two weeks in early February.

A remix version reached the top 20 on the Dance charts, and the song even hit the Billboard Hot Black Singles charts for four weeks. Though "Break My Stride" was Matthew Wilder's only UK hit, he also reached the U.S. pop chart with his next two singles, "The Kid's American" (#33) and "Bouncing Off the Walls" (#52), before turning to behind-the-scenes work on other artists' recordings.

The song was used in TV advertisements for National Car Rental in 1994.[2]

It was also used in 2014 for a UK and European campaign for Tassimo coffee maker.[3]

Preceded by
"They Don't Know" by Tracey Ullman
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
6/1984 - 8/1984 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"My Oh My" by Slade

Unique II version[edit]

"Break My Stride"
Single by Unique II
from the album Level II
B-side Remixes
Released August 23, 1996
Format CD maxi
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop, dance
Length 3:10
Label Columbia, Dance Pool
Writer(s) Matthew Wilder, Greg Prestopino
Producer(s) Unique II
Unique II singles chronology
"Do What You Please"
(1996)
"Break My Stride"
(1996)
"For Tonight"
(1996)

In 1996, Austrian duo Unique II had its most successful hit by covering "Break My Stride". This dance version of the 1983 Matthew Wilder song was the first international success for the band, peaking in the Australian charts at number 2, and in New Zealand at number 1. The single also charted in Italy, Canada and Scandinavia.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Break My Stride" (FM track) — 3:16
  2. "Break My Stride" (prolongation) — 4:57
  3. "Break My Stride" (native track) — 5:14
CD maxi - The Remixes
  1. "Break My Stride" (Marc McCan Edit) — 5:38
  2. "Break My Stride" (Next Level Edit) — 4:37
  3. "Break My Stride" (radio edit) — 3:16
CD maxi - 2002 remix
  1. "Break My Stride" (re-work 2002 - Panamericana radio edit) — 2:50
  2. "Break My Stride" (re-work 2002 - extended version) — 4:57
  3. "Break My Stride" (re-work 2002 - big club mix) — 4:20
  4. "Break My Stride" (re-work 2002 - original) — 3:16

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[19] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[20] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 1
Chart (2002) 1 Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[20] 55

1 2002 remix

End-of-year chart (1996) Position
Australian Singles Chart[22] 10
Austrian Singles Chart[23] 5

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Australia[24] Platinum 1997 70,000
Austria[25] Platinum November 18, 1996 30,000
Preceded by
"Killing Me Softly" by Fugees
Ö3 Austria Top 40 number-one single
September 8, 1996 (1 week)
September 22, 1996 - October 27, 1996 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Killing Me Softly" by Fugees
"How Bizarre" by OMC
Preceded by
"Lovefool" by The Cardigans
"Cold Rock a Party" by MC Lyte
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
March 16, 1997 (1 week)
March 30, 1997 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Cold Rock a Party" by MC Lyte

Blue Lagoon version[edit]

"Break My Stride"
Single by Blue Lagoon
from the album Club Lagoon
B-side Remix + "Love Is the Key"
Released 9 August 2004
Format CD single, CD maxi
Genre Dance
Length 3:04
Label SME, Universal Music
Writer(s) Gregory Prestopino
Matthew Wilder
Producer(s) Gregory Prestopino
Matthew Wilder
Blue Lagoon singles chronology
"Break My Stride"
(2004)
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
(2005)

In later 2004, "Break My Stride" was covered by German band Blue Lagoon and became a hit in several European countries, including Austria, Germany, Sweden and Denmark where it reached the top ten.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Break My Stride" (radio edit) — 3:04
  2. "Break My Stride" (extended version) — 5:10
  3. "Love Is the Key" — 3:27
CD maxi
  1. "Break My Stride" (radio edit) — 3:01
  2. "Break My Stride" (extended version) — 5:08
  3. "Love Is the Key" — 3:26
  4. "Break My Stride" (a capella reprise) — 1:05
  5. "Break My Stride" (video)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004–05) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[26] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[27] 49
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[28] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[29] 10
France (SNEP)[30] 18
Germany (Media Control Charts)[31] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[32] 45
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 15
End of year chart (2004) Position
Austrian Singles Chart[35] 75
German Singles Chart [36] 16

Certifications for Blue Lagoon version[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Germany (BVMI)[37] Gold 250,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Break My Stride", BPI certification [1] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  2. ^ "New Campaigns For a New Season," Michael Janofsky, New York Times, March 28, 1994. [2] (Retrieved January 26, 2010)
  3. ^ Campaign magazine - Tassimo Coffee Maker launches EU-wide campaign
  4. ^ "Break My Stride", Austrian Singles Chart [3] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  5. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Matthew+Wilder&titel=Break+My+Stride&cat=s
  6. ^ "Break My Stride", Dutch Singles Chart [4] (Retrieved July 27, 2011)
  7. ^ http://www.officialcharts.de/song.asp?artist=Matthew+Wilder&title=Break+My+Stride&country=de
  8. ^ http://irishcharts.ie/search/placement?page=2
  9. ^ "Break My Stride", New Zealand Singles Chart [5] (Retrieved July 27, 2011)
  10. ^ "Break My Stride", Norwegian Singles Chart [6] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  11. ^ "Break My Stride", Swedish Singles Chart [7] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  12. ^ "Break My Stride", Swiss Singles Chart [8] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  13. ^ "Break My Stride", UK Singles Chart [9] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  14. ^ "Matthew Wilder - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Break My Stride", U.S. Hot AC [10] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  16. ^ "Break My Stride", U.S. Hot Black Singles [11] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  17. ^ "Break My Stride", U.S. Hot Dance [12] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  18. ^ "Break My Stride", U.S. Top 100 Singles [13] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  19. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Unique II – Break My Stride". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  20. ^ a b "Unique II – Break My Stride – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  21. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Unique II – Break My Stride". Top 40 Singles.
  22. ^ 1997 Australian Singles Chart Aria.com (Retrieved June 21, 2009)
  23. ^ 1996 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved June 21, 2009)
  24. ^ Australian certifications aria.com (Retrieved June 21, 2009)
  25. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at (Retrieved June 21, 2009)
  26. ^ "Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  27. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  28. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride" (in French). Ultratip.
  29. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride". Tracklisten.
  30. ^ "Lescharts.com – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride" (in French). Les classement single.
  31. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  32. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  33. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride". Singles Top 60.
  34. ^ "Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  35. ^ 2004 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  36. ^ "Single Jahrescharts 2004" (in German). MTV. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  37. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Break My Stride')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 

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