Stop and Stare

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"Stop and Stare"
Single by OneRepublic
from the album Dreaming Out Loud
Released March 29, 2007
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:44
Label Mosley, Interscope
Writer(s) Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Andrew Brown, Eddie Fisher, Tim Myers
Producer(s) Greg Wells
OneRepublic singles chronology
"Stop and Stare"
"Say (All I Need)"
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"Stop and Stare" is the second single by American band OneRepublic from their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud. "Stop and Stare" was released to American radio on November 27, 2007. It was later solicited to British radio on December 16, 2007 reaching number-one and to Australian radio on December 17, 2007 reaching number one as well following up on the global success of the previous top ten single "Apologize". The single was released on March 3, 2008 in the United Kingdom. "Stop and Stare" has sold over two million digital downloads worldwide.

The song was written by Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Andrew Brown, Eddie Fisher and Tim Myers. "Stop and Stare" is OneRepublic's first non-remixed single.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for "Stop and Stare" premiered on MTV's TRL on January 28, 2008. The video was directed by Anthony Mandler.[1]

The video was filmed in the desert of Palmdale, California at an old gas station/motel. Throughout the video we see flashes of scenes with multiple versions of the band members Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Eddie Fisher, Brent Kutzle and Drew Brown. As the video begins we see Ryan walking through the desert toward an open grave where a Preacher stands delivering a eulogy. As he walks, we see flashes of scenes with Ryan completely submerged in a bathtub while fully clothed, in motel room #7 staring at a television displaying static, ringing the service bell at the motel desk, and sitting and waiting in the motel lobby. More Ryans are seen wandering around the motel, and again in motel room #7 leaning against the wall listening, while yet another Ryan is seen frantically driving a car with a pregnant woman in the back seat about to give birth. The Ryan standing at the open grave splits into two Ryans with one Ryan staying by the grave appearing to pray, while the second Ryan walks back toward the motel. At one point, we see the band in motel room #13 performing the song and Ryan entering the room and joining them. Outside the motel people from all walks of life have been gathering. Among them are Ryan, Zach, Eddie, Brent and Drew. They are all just standing outside the motel staring. Many of these scenes repeat and continue to flash back and forth, culminating in a scene where the Ryan driving the car comes to a screeching halt almost hitting the Ryan walking back from the grave as he crosses the road and the gathering of staring people look on unmoved. The static TV then bursts into flames, the Ryan in the bathtub emerges from the water, the Preacher is alone at the open grave and the video ends.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single[edit]

  1. "Stop and Stare" - 3:44
  2. "Hearing Voices" - 3:55

Australian CD single[edit]

  1. "Stop and Stare" - 3:43
  2. "Something's Not Right Here" - 3:02

German CD single[edit]

  1. "Stop and Stare" - 3:44
  2. "Something's Not Right Here" - 3:02
  3. "Hearing Voices" - 3:55
  4. "Stop and Stare" (Video) - 3:43

iTunes Stop and Stare EP[edit]

  1. "Stop and Stare" - 3:44
  2. "Last Goodbye" (Stripped Live Mix) - 4:31
  3. "Too Easy" - 3:15

iTunes Hit 3 Pack: Stop and Stare - Video EP (The Stripped Sessions)[edit]

  1. "Too Easy" - 3:45
  2. "Don't Go Away" - 4:02
  3. "Last Goodbye" - 4:32

Chart performance[edit]

"Stop and Stare" has become the band's second top twenty hit in the US so far reaching number twelve on the Hot 100 and number nine on the Pop 100, but climbing as high as number two on the US airplay chart. Its video also reached number one on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown. The song has reached the top twenty in Australia and New Zealand, peaking at number eleven in both countries on the singles chart, and reaching number one on the airplay chart. It has reached the top twenty in most of Europe. In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number eleven on the singles chart and the following week, it reached number nine on the UK Singles Chart still on downloads alone. Upon physical release, "Stop and Stare" has peaked at number four on the chart, earning OneRepublic their second top five hit in Britain. In Ireland the song debuted at number eight due to high downloads and reached number two on the airplay chart. In Germany, the song was rewarded a highest debut upon entering the chart at number seven in its first week, peaking at number six. The song has held steady at number four on the Billboard European Hot 100.


Chart (2007–09) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 11
Austrian Singles Chart 5
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 29
Belgian Tip Chart (Wallonia) 2
Canadian Hot 100 16
Czech Singles Chart 2
Danish Singles Chart[2] 7
Dutch Top 40 18
French Singles Chart 29
German Singles Chart 6
Irish Singles Chart 5
Italian Singles Chart 13
New Zealand Singles Chart 11
Norwegian Singles Chart 15
Poland (Airplay Chart)[3] 2
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[4] 14
Spanish Airplay Chart[5] 8
Swedish Singles Chart 10
Swiss Singles Chart 8
UK Rock Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 4
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 12
US Billboard Pop Songs[7] 6
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs[7] 2
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 19
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[8] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Rank
Canadian Hot 100[9] 29
German Singles Chart[10] 40
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 33

Use in other media[edit]

The song is also used as the hold music at British based insurance company, Liverpool Victoria.


  1. ^ Media |
  2. ^ - OneRepublic - Stop And Stare
  3. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2008-04-07. 
  4. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200815 into search.
  5. ^ "Promusicae (Week: January 1, 2009)". Retrieved July 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ Billboard Singles Charts - Billboard Top 100 Songs - Billboard Top 100 Singles
  7. ^ a b name="billboard"
  8. ^ "Pop Rock". Record Report. 2008-06-21. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. 
  9. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 Year-End 2008". Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Year-End 2008". Retrieved 2012-03-29. 

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