"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. The single was Armatrading's only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent six weeks, peaking at number 78 on 25 June 1983.
Moore's version of "Drop the Pilot" was released as the second single from her fourth album titled Coverage, on 28 October 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, it included the single in the deluxe edition of the second artist compilation album, Super Hits.
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.