Don't Stop Me Now

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"Don't Stop Me Now"
Single by Queen
from the album Jazz
Released 5 January 1979
Format 7"
Recorded August 1978 at Super Bear Studios (Berre-les-Alpes, France)
  • 3:29 (7" / Album version)
Writer(s) Freddie Mercury
Queen singles chronology
"Bicycle Race" /
"Fat Bottomed Girls"
"Don't Stop Me Now"
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"Don't Stop Me Now" is a song by the British rock band Queen, featured on their 1978 album Jazz that was released as a single in 1979. Written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, it was recorded in August 1978 at Super Bear Studios in Berre-les-Alpes (Alpes-Maritimes), France, and is the twelfth track on the album.[1]

Musically the song builds on Mercury's piano playing, with John Deacon and Roger Taylor providing a bass guitar and drums backing track. The song also provides an example of Queen's trademark style of multitrack harmony vocals for the chorus lines.[2]

On the studio version, Brian May's only guitar playing is in his guitar solo, but on live versions performed on the band's 1979 Jazz and Crazy tours, May would also play rhythm guitar throughout the rest of the song to give more of a feel of rock music. A live version of the song features in the band's 1979 album Live Killers.[3] The song also appears in the band's 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits, and in June 2011, as part of Queen's 40th anniversary celebrations, an old take of the song containing more guitar parts was included on the bonus EP of the re-released and remastered Jazz album.[4][5]

The electronics company Alba conducted a survey of 2000 UK adults, which asked respondents to name their favourite uplifting song, and 'Don't Stop Me Now' was the most commonly said.[6]


The single reached number 9 in the UK charts but only number 86 in the US. Viewed at the time of release as one of the lesser songs in the Queen canon, it was only performed live during 1979, with the last performance in the Crazy Tour.[7] Despite this the song has grown in stature with time and has been popularised not only by consistent airplay, but by its use in advertisements, television programmes and films, and through cover versions. It has subsequently become one of Queen's most popular songs.[8][9][10] The single also has reached Gold status in the United Kingdom.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was directed by J. Kliebenstein and filmed at the Forest National, Brussels, Belgium on 26 January 1979.[11]


On the Japanese, USA, Canadian and Australian release, "More Of That Jazz" was the B-side.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the musical We Will Rock You, the song is used in the scene where Killer Queen prematurely begins to celebrate, thinking that Galileo and Scaramouche have been captured.
  • Episode 5 of the 2004 BBC miniseries Blackpool featured the recording, accompanied on screen by the singing and dancing of the characters, as part of the story.
  • In 2005, this song was voted as "The Greatest Driving Song Ever" by viewers of the BBC television program Top Gear.[12]
  • The song's use in a scene for the zombie/comedy film Shaun of the Dead, where the main characters attack a zombie to the song's beat was well received by critics.[13][14]
  • The song was used in an episode of American Dad! when Roger and Stan go on a wild night out in Atlantic City.
  • In 2011, on what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday, this song was used by Google in their Google Doodle homage to him.[15]
  • The song was featured as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series.
  • In 2015, Thomas Cook advert featured the song for Real Good Times.
  • In October 2014 the singer Foxes performed the song in the style of a 1920s jazz number aboard a starship in the Doctor Who episode "Mummy on the Orient Express". Her cover was used again in the episode "Hell Bent".
  • The song featured as the requested funeral music for Jonny Kennedy in the Channel 4 documentary The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off.
  • UMK3 player legend Mgo, uses the song in a highlights video "UMK3 Don't Stop Me Now".
  • The song appears in the 2016 video game Just Dance 2017.
  • In September 2015, a spoof version of the track (with suitably amended lyrics) called 'The 111 Song' was published on YouTube to promote Britain's telephone health advice service.
  • The song was used in the launch trailer for the video game Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
  • The song was used in the film Hardcore Henry.
  • "Don't Stop Me Now" features as the music to the intro credits sequence of Video Games: The Movie. The visuals in this sequence match the lyrics to the song.
  • The song was used in one of Cadbury "Glass and a half full production" Advert. When few airports vehicles appeared to race each other on the highway.
  • This song was included in the list of songs for use in the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow, and released that same year alongside Queen's "Jealousy" single in the Soviet Union.
  • A cover of the song was used in the opening credits for the short-lived Rebel Wilson sit-com Super Fun Night.

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Italy (FIMI)[16] Gold
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold


Cover versions[edit]

Notable cover versions include:

Chart positions[edit]

  • United Kingdom - #9
  • Ireland - #10
  • Netherlands - #14
  • Germany - #35
  • Sweden - #37
  • United States - #86
  • Australia (2008) - #85[28]


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  2. ^ Donald A. Guarisco, "Don't Stop Me Now". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2011
  3. ^ Live Killers Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2011
  4. ^ Queen Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2011
  5. ^ Jazz (Remastered) Queen Archived 17 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine. iTunes. Retrieved 12 July 2011
  6. ^ "Science Unveils Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' As The Most Feel-Good Song Of All Time". Huffington Post. 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  7. ^ Queen live on tour: Crazy tour Queen Concerts. Retrieved 2 July 2011
  8. ^ Official: Top 25 karaoke songs The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 May 2011
  9. ^ Queen interview: Brian May on Don't Stop Me Now Absolute Radio. Retrieved 21 December 2011
  10. ^ Don't Stop Me Now Tops HMV Lyric Poll Queen Online. Retrieved 21 December 2011
  11. ^ "Queen Promo Videos". Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  12. ^ Queen win Top Gears Best Driving Song ever poll Queen Zone. Retrieved 28 May 2011
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  14. ^ Knapp, Alex (13 January 2012). "The Geek Playlist: Fight Songs!". Forbes. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Inc, Google. "Freddie Mercury Google Doodle". Video. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Italian single certifications – Don't Stop Me Now" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana.  Select Online in the field Sezione. The certification will load automatically
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Don't Stop Me Now". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Don't Stop Me Now in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Don't Stop Me Now". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 8 April 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ Unstoppable McFly top music chart BBC News. Retrieved 28 May 2011
  20. ^ "The Vandals - 'Don't Stop Me Now' Kung Fu Records". YouTube. Kung Fu Records. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  21. ^ Don't Stop Me Now Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  22. ^ Katy Perry - Don't stop me now, seattle showbox YouTube
  23. ^ Katy Perry - Don't stop me now, seattle showbox Unibet Love The Game TVC 30 Sec Swe YouTube
  24. ^ Weird Al Yankovic releases a Queen-influenced song Queen Zone. Retrieved 6 September 2011
  25. ^ Indonesian Idol 2012 Top 6 Spectacular Show
  26. ^ "Pixar Play Parade"[permanent dead link]. Magic
  27. ^ "‘Dont Stop Me Now’ ft Darren Criss from Glee 4.13 ‘Diva’".
  28. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 

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