Don't Stop (Fleetwood Mac song)

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"Don't Stop"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
B-side "Never Going Back Again" (US) / "Gold Dust Woman (UK)
Released March 1977 (UK) / July 1977 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock
Length 3:13 (Album version)
3:34 (Early version)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Christine McVie
Producer(s) Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut & Ken Caillat
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Go Your Own Way"
(1976 UK)

"Dreams"
(1977 USA)
"Don't Stop"
(1977)
"Dreams"
(1977 UK)

"You Make Loving Fun"
(1977 USA)
Rumours track listing

"Don't Stop" is a song by the rock group Fleetwood Mac, written by vocalist and keyboard player Christine McVie. Sung by Christine McVie and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, it was a single taken from the band's 1977 hit album, Rumours. It is one of the band's most enduring hits, peaking at number three on the Billboard singles chart. In the UK market, "Don't Stop" followed "Go Your Own Way" as the second single from Rumours and peaked at #32. In the U.S, it was the third single released, and peaked at #3 in October 1977.

Background[edit]

"Don't Stop" reflects Christine McVie's feelings after her separation from Fleetwood Mac's bass guitarist, John McVie, after eight years of marriage. "'Don't Stop' was just a feeling. It just seemed to be a pleasant revelation to have that 'yesterday's gone'," she remembers in The Fleetwood Mac Story: Rumours and Lies, "It might have, I guess, been directed more toward John, but I'm just definitely not a pessimist."[1]

Political significance[edit]

It was used by U.S. presidential candidate Bill Clinton as the theme for his first campaign, most notably at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Upon winning the election, President Clinton persuaded the then-disbanded group to reform to perform it for his inaugural ball in 1993. At the 2000 DNC, he ended his speech by saying, "Keep putting people first. Keep building those bridges. And don't stop thinking about tomorrow!" Immediately after this sentence, the song began playing over the loudspeakers.

The theme was played again for Clinton's appearances at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 events.

Music video[edit]

A live performance of the song was used as a music video.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[2] 4
Germany (Media Control Charts)[3] 41
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 32

Cover versions[edit]

A cover by Elton John was included on the 1998 compilation Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.

Status Quo covered the song in their 1996 covers album Don't Stop.

Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist Nina Nesbitt released a cover version of "Don't Stop "on August 23, 2013 in the United Kingdom.

It is included as one of the many songs in The Official BBC Children in Need Medley.

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