Drop the Pilot

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"Drop the Pilot"
Single by Joan Armatrading
from the album The Key
B-side "Business Is Business"
Released January 22, 1983
Recorded 1982-1983
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 3:39
Label A&M
Writer(s) Joan Armatrading
Producer(s) Val Garay
Joan Armatrading singles chronology
"No Love"
"Drop the Pilot"

"Drop the Pilot" is a song written and originally performed by Joan Armatrading. It was the first single to be released from Armatrading's 1983 album The Key, and was her third and (to date) final UK top 40 hit. It reached Number 11 in the UK Singles Chart, and spent a total of ten weeks in the Top 40.[1] The single was Armatrading's only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #78 on June 25, 1983.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Drop the Pilot" - 3:39
  2. "Business Is Business" - 3:08


Chart (1983) Position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[3] 35
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 11
US Billboard Hot 100 [6] 78
"Drop the Pilot"
Single by Mandy Moore
from the album Coverage
Released October 28, 2003
Recorded February 2003
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:39
Label Epic
Writer(s) Joan Armatrading
Producer(s) John Fields
Mandy Moore singles chronology
"Have a Little Faith in Me"
"Drop the Pilot"
"Senses Working Overtime"

Mandy Moore version[edit]

"Drop the Pilot" was recorded by American singer Mandy Moore, for her fourth studio album Coverage.[7] The song was released as the second single in Brazil and the Philippines, by Epic Records.

Release and reception[edit]

Moore's version of "Drop the Pilot" was released as the second single from her fourth album titled Coverage, on October 28, 2003 through Epic Records. In 2004, the label included "Drop the Pilot" in the first compilation of Mandy Moore, The Best of Mandy Moore. Later, in 2007, included the single in the deluxe edition of the second artist compilation album, Super Hits.

Music video[edit]

A video was produced as a demo for Kodak's Vision2 500T series motion picture film. It is included on the demo DVD for the Vision2 line of stocks and used as a product example projected from a print at Kodak product screenings. The video was directed by Nick DiBella.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Drop the Pilot" - 3:39

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Mandy Moore – vocals
  • Joan Armatrading - songwriter
  • John Fields - producer, keyboards and guitar


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