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"
ReleasedJanuary 12, 1981
Format12" Single
GenreR&B, boogie, Synth-Pop
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"

"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 1981.

The song reached number 26 on the dance charts, number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 number 7 in the UK and fared even better on the US R&B chart, where it hit number one,[1] helping to earn a gold record for the duo. Radio promotion for the record was handled in Los Angeles by independent marketing firm Dudley-Gorov,[2] while a young Russell Simmons shopped the record to New York club DJs as one of his early jobs.[3]

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.

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered multiple times, most notably in 1989 by Simon Harris. In 1998, the song made a flurry of cover appearances, in altered form. Jagged Edge included the song as "Ain't No Stoppin'" on their album A Jagged Era, and Puff Daddy (Sean Combs) reworked the song as "Don't Stop What You're Doin'" for the album No Way Out. The group Playa stayed faithful to the original version on their album Cheers 2 U. The song was included on the soundtrack to the film Soul Food[4]


The song has been sampled numerous times: In 1994, the song was sampled by rapper K7, in a remix of his song "Zunga Zeng". In the fall of 1994, TLC sampled the song during the breakdown on the track "Let's Do It Again" from their LaFace Records album CrazySexyCool. The same year Hip-Hop duo Quo sampled the song, which is based on their single "Blowin' Up (Don't Stop the Music)" featuring Aaron Hall that was produced by Teddy Riley (both from Guy). Then in 1995 the R&B girl group Nuttin Nyce lifted the hook for their track "Froggy Style." The song's bassline was sampled by Tichina Arnold on her track "I Want to Know Your Name" on her album "One Love". In 2002, the song's chorus was used on the top 5 single "Gangsta Lovin'" by Eve and Alicia Keys, and then by Keyshia Cole for the song "Let It Go" from her album Just Like You, released in 2007. The song was also sampled in Fat Pat's "Tops Drop" on his 1998 debut album Ghetto Dreams and went on to hit #46 and #5 on U.S. R&B and Rap charts, respectively.[5]

2Pac also sampled this record In 1996 on the unreleased original version of the song "Don't Stop". However this song was remixed for his 2006 Pac's Life album. The original song can be found on the internet under the name "Don't Stop the Music".

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 73
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 4
Canada RPM Top Singles 40
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 18
Netherlands [9] 2
UK Singles Chart[10] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 19
US R&B Singles[12] 1
Dance/Club Play Singles[13] 26
US Cash Box Top 100[14] 17


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85.
  2. ^ Cary Darling (July 25, 1981). "Dudley-Gorov Niche: Mass Appeal". Billboard. p. 18.
  3. ^ Russell Simmons (2011). Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All. Penguin. p. 49. ISBN 9781101445983.
  4. ^ Irv Lichtman (August 1, 1998). "Words & Music". Billboard. p. 35.
  5. ^ "Fat Pat (rapper)", Wikipedia, 2019-01-02, retrieved 2019-01-04
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ " – Yarbrough and Peoples – Don't Stop The Music" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Don't Stop the Music". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  9. ^'t+Stop+The+Music&cat=s
  10. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Pop Singles: 1955-2006. Record Research.
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85.
  13. ^ allmusic
  14. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, April 25, 1981