Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

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"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.png
Single by Starship
from the album No Protection
B-side"Layin' It on the Line"
ReleasedJanuary 30, 1987[1]
RecordedSeptember 1986
GenreSoft rock[2]
Length4:29
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Narada Michael Walden
Starship singles chronology
"Before I Go"
(1986)
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
(1987)
"It's Not Over Til It's Over"
(1987)
Music video
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" on YouTube

"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" is a song co-written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond,[3] recorded by American rock band Starship for their second studio album, No Protection (1987). It is a power ballad[4] duet featuring Starship vocalists Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas. It is the theme to the romantic comedy film Mannequin.[5][6]

The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Warren's first chart-topper. Elsewhere, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" topped the charts in Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom. In the latter country, it became the second best-selling song of 1987. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 60th Academy Awards.

Background[edit]

In a radio interview, Hammond said that the idea for the song came from his impending marriage to his live-in girlfriend of seven years, after his divorce from his previous wife was finalized. He had said to Warren, "It's almost like they've stopped me from marrying this woman for seven years, and they haven't succeeded. They're not gonna stop me doing it."[7] The song has been considered "feel good" propelled by a strong synthesizer beat.[8]

Reception[edit]

Cash Box called it "an emotional duet by Mickie Thomas and Grace Slick."[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 on April 4, 1987. In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at the top of the UK Singles Chart for four weeks and became the UK's second best-selling song of 1987 behind "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley. The song also reached the top 10 in six other European countries. It became the first chart-topping song to be written by Warren.[10] At the time, Grace Slick became, at age 47, the oldest woman to attain a number-one single in the United States,[11] surpassed only by Cher, who was 52 when her song "Believe" reached number one in early 1999.[12]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" was released in 1987. It features Kim Cattrall and shows Mickey Thomas pursuing a mannequin who comes to life, played by Grace Slick, and is intercut with scenes from the film Mannequin. Meshach Taylor makes a cameo playing his role in the film as window dresser Hollywood Montrose, as does Narada Michael Walden, who appears with the band.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7-inch single
A. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" – 4:29
B. "Layin' It on the Line" (live at Stopher Gym, Nicholls State University)[a] – 4:15
  • 12-inch single
A1. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" – 4:29
A2. "Layin' It on the Line" – 4:15
B1. "We Built This City" (special club mix) – 7:00
B2. "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" – 3:41

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales for "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[53] Gold 50,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[54] Gold 45,000double-dagger
Sweden (GLF)[55] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[57] Platinum 957,336[56]
United States (RIAA)[1] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The liner notes incorrectly list Louisiana State University as the location of Stopher Gym.

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