Don't Stop (Fleetwood Mac song)
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|Single by Fleetwood Mac|
|from the album Rumours|
|B-side||"Gold Dust Woman"|
|Format||7-inch 45 rpm|
|Producer(s)||Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat|
|Fleetwood Mac singles chronology|
|Rumours track listing|
"Don't Stop" is a song by the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, written by vocalist and keyboard player Christine McVie. Sung by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and McVie, 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 No. 3 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 No. 32. In the US, it was the third single released, and peaked at No. 3 in October 1977.
"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."
It was used by United States presidential candidate Bill Clinton as the theme for his first campaign, most notably at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Upon winning the election, Clinton persuaded the then-disbanded group to reform to perform it for his inaugural ball in 1993.
At the 2000 convention, he ended his speech by saying, "Keep putting people first. Keep building those bridges. And don't stop thinking about tomorrow!" Immediately after the final sentence, the song began playing over the loudspeakers. The song was also played for Clinton's appearances at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 conventions.
A live performance of the song was used as a music video.
Uses in popular culture
- Christine McVie – acoustic piano, tack piano, Vox Continental, lead vocals
- Mick Fleetwood – drums
- John McVie – bass guitar
- Lindsey Buckingham – electric guitars, lead vocals
- Stevie Nicks – tambourine, backing vocals
A cover by Elton John was included on the 1998 compilation Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.
It was also covered in 2010 by the cast of the TV show Glee in the episode titled "Rumours".
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