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 November 22, 1983
Format 7" vinyl; 12" vinyl
Genre New wave, synthpop
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"
(1984)

"Break My Stride" is a song by American artist Matthew Wilder. It was released in 1983 as the lead single from his debut album, I Don't Speak the Language, and became a major hit single for him in 1983 and 1984.

The song has been covered by many artists throughout the years, including Unique II in 1996 and Blue Lagoon in 2004 (whose versions both charted highly in various places) and, in interpolations, Puff Daddy in 1997 and Christina Aguilera with Lil' Kim in 2003 (particularly the line, "I got to keep on movin'").

In 2014 a sample of this song featured in a UK television advert for the "Bosch Tassimo" coffee maker.

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 US Billboard Hot 100 and number four in the UK in January/February 1984. On the US 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 chart, and the song additionally hit the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, staying there for four weeks. Though "Break My Stride" was Matthew Wilder's only UK hit, he also reached the US 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.

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
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 — Re-Work 2002
  1. "Break My Stride" (Panamericana Radio Edit) — 2:50
  2. "Break My Stride" (Extended Version) — 4:57
  3. "Break My Stride" (Big Club Mix) — 4:20
  4. "Break My Stride" (Original) — 3:16

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Australia[25] Platinum 1997 70,000
Austria[26] 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
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 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]

Certifications for Blue Lagoon version[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[38] Gold 250,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Break My Stride", Austrian Singles Chart [2] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
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  4. ^ "Break My Stride", Dutch Singles Chart [3] (Retrieved July 27, 2011)
  5. ^ http://www.officialcharts.de/song.asp?artist=Matthew+Wilder&title=Break+My+Stride&country=de
  6. ^ http://irishcharts.ie/search/placement?page=2
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  8. ^ "Break My Stride", Norwegian Singles Chart [5] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  9. ^ "Break My Stride", Swedish Singles Chart [6] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  10. ^ "Break My Stride", Swiss Singles Chart [7] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  11. ^ "Break My Stride", UK Singles Chart [8] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
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  13. ^ "Break My Stride", US Hot AC [9] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  14. ^ "Break My Stride", US Hot Black Singles [10] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  15. ^ "Break My Stride", US Hot Dance [11] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  16. ^ "Break My Stride", US Top 100 Singles [12] (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  17. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Unique II – Break My Stride". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  18. ^ a b "Austriancharts.at – Unique II – Break My Stride" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  19. ^ Canada AC peak
  20. ^ Canada Dance peak
  21. ^ Canada Top Singles peak
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  23. ^ 1997 Australian Singles Chart Aria.com (Retrieved June 21, 2009)
  24. ^ 1996 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved June 21, 2009)
  25. ^ Australian certifications aria.com (Retrieved June 21, 2009)
  26. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at (Retrieved June 21, 2009)
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  28. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  29. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride" (in French). Ultratip.
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  31. ^ "Lescharts.com – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride" (in French). Les classement single.
  32. ^ "Musicline.de – Blue Lagoon Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  33. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  34. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride". Singles Top 100.
  35. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Blue Lagoon – Break My Stride". Swiss Singles Chart.
  36. ^ 2004 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved July 20, 2008)
  37. ^ "Single Jahrescharts 2004" (in German). MTV. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  38. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Break My Stride')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 

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