Don't Stop the Music (Yarbrough and Peoples song)

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"Don't Stop the Music"
Single by Yarbrough and Peoples
from the album The Two of Us
B-side"You're My Song"
ReleasedOctober 1980[1]
GenreR&B, boogie
4:08 (7")
Songwriter(s)Jonah Ellis, Alisa Peoples and Cavin Yarbrough
Producer(s)Jonah Ellis
Lonnie Simmons
Yarbrough and Peoples singles chronology
"Don't Stop the Music"
"Don't Waste Your Time"
Official audio
"Don't Stop the Music " on YouTube

"Don't Stop the Music" is a song by Yarbrough and Peoples, from the duo's 1980 debut album, The Two of Us. It was released as a single on Mercury Records in 1980.

Chart performance[edit]

The song reached number 26 on the dance charts, number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, and fared even better on the US R&B chart, where it hit number one,[2] Outside the US, "Don't Stop the Music" went to number 7 in the UK. The song's success helped to earn a gold record for the duo. Radio promotion for the record was handled in Los Angeles by independent marketing firm Dudley-Gorov,[3] while a young Russell Simmons shopped the record to New York club DJs as one of his early jobs.[4]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 73
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 4
Canada RPM Top Singles 40
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 18
Netherlands [8] 2
UK Singles Chart[9] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 19
US R&B Singles[11] 1
Dance/Club Play Singles[12] 26
US Cash Box Top 100[13] 17

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song featured hand puppets singing "You don't really wanna stop? No!" The duo also used them for many of their live performances.

Samples and covers[edit]

"Don't Stop the Music" has been heavily sampled by other artists, primarily in the hip hop genre, on songs including "Gangsta Lovin'" by Eve, "All Night Long" by Common, "Let It Go" by Keyshia Cole, and "Crazy in Love" (Rockwilder Remix) by Beyoncé and "Let's Do It Again" by TLC.


  1. ^ "Yarbrough and Peoples - Don't Stop the Music".
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85.
  3. ^ Cary Darling (July 25, 1981). "Dudley-Gorov Niche: Mass Appeal". Billboard. p. 18.
  4. ^ Russell Simmons (2011). Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All. Penguin. p. 49. ISBN 9781101445983.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Yarbrough and Peoples – Don't Stop The Music" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Don't Stop the Music". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "Dutch Charts -".
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness.
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Pop Singles: 1955-2006. Record Research.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85.
  12. ^ allmusic
  13. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, April 25, 1981". Archived from the original on June 3, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2019.