Don't Stop Me Now

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This article is about the 1979 Queen single. For other uses, see Don't Stop Me Now (disambiguation).
"Don't Stop Me Now"
Single by Queen
from the album Jazz
B-side "In Only Seven Days"
"More of That Jazz"
Released 5 January 1979
Format 7"
Recorded August 1978
Genre Glam rock
Length 3:29 (7" / Album)
4:57 (Extended version)
Label EMI, Elektra
Writer(s) Freddie Mercury
Producer(s) Queen and Roy Thomas Baker
Queen singles chronology
"Bicycle Race" /
"Fat Bottomed Girls"
(1978)
"Don't Stop Me Now"
(1979)
"Mustapha "
(1979)
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"Don't Stop Me Now" is a 1979 song by the English rock band Queen, featured on their 1978 album Jazz. Written by vocalist Freddie Mercury, it was recorded in August 1978 at Super Bear Studios in Berre-les-Alpes (Alpes-Maritimes), France, and is the twelfth track on the album.[1]

Musically, the song is based around Mercury's piano playing, with Roger Taylor and John Deacon providing a bass guitar and drums backing track. The song also provides an example of Queen's trademark style of multitrack harmony vocals for the chorus lines.[2]

On the studio version, Brian May's only guitar playing is in his guitar solo, but on live versions performed on the band's 1979 Jazz and Crazy tours, May would also play rhythm guitar throughout the rest of the song to give more of a rock feeling to it. A live version of the song features in the band's 1979 album Live Killers.[3] The song also appears in the band's 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits, and in June 2011, as part of Queen's 40th anniversary celebrations, an old take of the song containing more guitar parts was included on the bonus EP of the re-released and remastered Jazz album.[4][5]

Reception[edit]

The single reached number 9 in the UK charts but only number 86 in the US. Viewed at the time of release as one of the lesser songs in the Queen canon, it was only performed live during 1979, with the last performance in the Crazy Tour.[6] Despite this the song has grown in stature with time and has been popularised not only by consistent airplay, but by its use in advertisements, television programmes and films, and through cover versions. It has subsequently become one of Queen's most popular songs.[7][8][9] The single also has reached Silver status in the United Kingdom.

Music Video[edit]

The video for the song was directed by J. Kliebenstein and filmed at the Forest National, Brussels, Belgium on 26 January 1979.[10]

Single[edit]

On the Japanese, USA, Canadian and Australian released "More Of That Jazz" was the B-side.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the musical We Will Rock You, the song is used in the scene where Killer Queen prematurely begins to celebrate, thinking that Galileo and Scaramouche have been captured.
  • Episode 5 of the 2004 BBC miniseries Blackpool featured the recording, accompanied on screen by the singing and dancing of the characters, as part of the story.
  • In 2005, this song was voted as "The Greatest Driving Song Ever" by viewers of the BBC television program Top Gear.[11]
  • The song's use in a scene for the zombie/comedy film Shaun of the Dead was well received by critics.[12][13]
  • In 2011, on what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday, this song was used by Google in their Google Doodle homage to him.[14]
  • In 2012, boy band Union J performed "Don't Stop Me Now" on the first live show of the ninth series of The X Factor
  • In June 2012, the track was used for the Beit Shemesh protest flashmob against segregation and attacks on women in the city.[15]
  • In June 2013, the track was used as the musical background of the Visa Inc. commercial, titled Feel Faster, Flow Faster.
  • Also in June 2013, the track was used for extended advertisements for series 7 of Australia's Got Talent on the Nine Network.
  • A Maltese television singing talent show which airs on various channels is called "Don't Stop Me Now" and uses the song as its title music.
  • Darren Criss covered the song on the American television series "Glee" Season 4 Episode 13 titled "Diva"
  • In the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V a subacheivement in the mission "By The Book" is titled "Don't Stop Me Now" and has been confirmed as a reference to the song.
  • The cast members of the American television sitcom Super Fun Night perform this as the series' theme song.
  • Paul Rudd lip synched the song for The Tonight Show. [16]
  • The song was featured as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series.
  • Don't Stop Me Now was also used as the theme tune for the Trafford Centre adverts in the United Kingdom.
  • Darts Player Ronnie Baxter uses the song as his walk on song.
  • The British sci-fi series of Doctor Who featured guest star Foxes singing Don't Stop Me Now in the Series 8 episode, Mummy on the Orient Express. The BBC subsequently released a music video of her complete performance of the song.

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Italy (FIMI)[17] Gold
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Gold
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Notable cover versions include:

Chart positions[edit]

  • United Kingdom - #9
  • Ireland - #10
  • Netherlands - #14
  • Germany - #35
  • Sweden - #37
  • United States - #86

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jazz - Don't Stop Me Now Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 2 July 2011
  2. ^ Donald A. Guarisco, "Don't Stop Me Now". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2011
  3. ^ Live Killers Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2011
  4. ^ Queen Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2011
  5. ^ Jazz (Remastered) Queen iTunes. Retrieved 12 July 2011
  6. ^ Queen live on tour: Crazy tour Queen Concerts. Retrieved 2 July 2011
  7. ^ Official: Top 25 karaoke songs The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 May 2011
  8. ^ Queen interview: Brian May on Don't Stop Me Now Absolute Radio. Retrieved 21 December 2011
  9. ^ Don't Stop Me Now Tops HMV Lyric Poll Queen Online. Retrieved 21 December 2011
  10. ^ Queen Promo Videos
  11. ^ Queen win Top Gears Best Driving Song ever poll Queen Zone. Retrieved 28 May 2011
  12. ^ Delingpole, James (30 March 2004). "Masters of the comic horror". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Knapp, Alex (13 January 2012). "The Geek Playlist: Fight Songs!". Forbes. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Inc, Google. "Freddie Mercury Google Doodle". Video. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  15. ^ Beit Shemesh women dance for change yNet.com
  16. ^ Paul Rudd & Jimmy Fallon's Lip Sync Battle Is Hilariously Epic
  17. ^ "Italian single certifications – Don't Stop Me Now" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Click Avvia la ricerca
  18. ^ "British single certifications – Don't Stop Me Now". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Don't Stop Me Now in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Don't Stop Me Now". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 8 April 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  20. ^ Unstoppable McFly top music chart BBC News. Retrieved 28 May 2011
  21. ^ "The Vandals - 'Don't Stop Me Now' Kung Fu Records". YouTube. Kung Fu Records. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  22. ^ Don't Stop Me Now Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  23. ^ Katy Perry - Don't stop me now, seattle showbox YouTube
  24. ^ Katy Perry - Don't stop me now, seattle showbox Unibet Love The Game TVC 30 Sec Swe YouTube
  25. ^ Weird Al Yankovic releases a Queen-influenced song Queen Zone. Retrieved 6 September 2011
  26. ^ Indonesian Idol 2012 Top 6 Spectacular Show IndonesianIdol.com
  27. ^ "Pixar Play Parade". Magic Music.net.
  28. ^ "‘Dont Stop Me Now’ ft Darren Criss from Glee 4.13 ‘Diva’". DarrenCriss.com.

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