Don't Stop (Fleetwood Mac song)

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"Don't Stop"
Fleetwood Mac Don't Stop.jpg
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
B-side"Gold Dust Woman" (UK) "Never Going Back Again" (US)
ReleasedMarch 1977
Format7-inch 45 rpm
Recorded1976
GenreRock
Length3:13
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Christine McVie
Producer(s)Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Go Your Own Way"
(1976)
"Don't Stop"
(1977)
"Dreams"
(1977)
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.

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]

The song was the theme music for United States presidential candidate Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, and was played at the 1992 Democratic National Convention during its final night balloon drop. 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.

Music video[edit]

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


Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brunning, Bob .(2001). Rumours and Lies: The Fleetwood Mac Story. ISBN 978-1-84449-011-0. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Fleetwood Mac – Don't Stop" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  4. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Fleetwood Mac – Don't Stop". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Fleetwood Mac – Don't Stop" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Fleetwood Mac – Don't Stop". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, September 17, 1977
  9. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 14, December 31 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  10. ^ http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1977.htm
  11. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: 1977/Top 100 Pop Singles, December 31, 1977
  12. ^ "British single certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Don't Stop". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Don't Stop in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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