Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
|"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"|
|Single by Starship|
|from the album No Protection|
|B-side||"Layin' It on the Line"|
|Released||January 30, 1987|
|Format||7" single & 12" single|
|Songwriter(s)||Albert Hammond, Diane Warren|
|Producer(s)||Narada Michael Walden for Perfection Light Productions|
|Starship singles chronology|
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" is a song co-written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, recorded by the American rock band Starship in 1986. It is a duet featuring Starship vocalists Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas. Featured as the theme to the romantic comedy film Mannequin, it hit No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 on April 4, 1987 and reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks the following month and became the UK's 2nd biggest selling single of 1987. The song also reached the top 10 in six European countries. The single became the first number one single by songwriter Diane Warren. At the time, it made Grace Slick (aged 47) the oldest woman to have a number one single in the United States though the record was later broken by Cher's "Believe" in 1999 (aged 52).
The power ballad also received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Original Song" at the 60th Academy Awards. In addition to appearing on the Mannequin soundtrack, the song was also released on Starship's album No Protection in July 1987. The music video was released in late 1986 to promote Mannequin.
Background and writing
In a radio interview, Albert 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 Diane 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." The song has been considered "feel good" propelled by a strong synthesizer beat.
A music video (released in 1986) was produced for the song. It shows Mickey Thomas pursuing a mannequin come to life, played by Grace Slick, wrapped around footage from the film. Meshach Taylor, who plays window dresser Hollywood Montrose in the film, makes a cameo. It has more than 25 million views on YouTube as of October 20, 2017.
In popular culture
The song had played a major role in 1993 for the Montreal Canadiens NHL team during their 24th conquest of the Stanley Cup. While driving home after a lost game, head coach Jacques Demers heard the song playing on the radio and realized it was an empowering song. The next day, he brought to the Montreal Forum a cassette tape with the song on it and distributed among players a small card saying "We're on a mission, nothing's gonna stop us". They soon started to win. He played the song throughout all the playoff games and they eventually won the Stanley Cup that year, over Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings in the Finals.
The song was also used frequently during the Portland Trail Blazers' 1990 NBA playoff run to the NBA Finals. It was usually played during critical time outs during the 4th quarter of home games at the Portland Memorial Coliseum.
In 2013, the song was used in an advertising campaign by UK telecommunication company Talk Talk. As a result, on September 8, 2013 (Sunday), it charted at number 39 on the Official UK Chart.
In late 2016, the song was used in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode Skyfire Cycle.
The song was licensed for use in a commercial for Chick-fil-A that first aired during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2017. Grace Slick later wrote that she agreed to the licensing so she could donate her proceeds to Lambda Legal "in direct opposition to Chick-fil-A’s causes" against the LGBTQ community.
In June 2017, the song was used in the Season 6 finale of Veep in a flashback scene depicting Selina Meyer's concession speech ending her first campaign for president.
- "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" – 4:29
- "Layin' It on the Line" (live at Stopher Gym, Louisiana State University) – 4:15
Charts and certifications
"Lean on Me" by Club Nouveau
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 4 – 11, 1987
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
by George Michael and Aretha Franklin
"Mandolin Rain" by Bruce Hornsby and The Range
|Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
April 11, 1987
"The Finer Things" by Steve Winwood
"The Irish Rover" by The Pogues and The Dubliners
|Irish IRMA number-one single
May 2 – 9, 1987
"Hold Me Now" by Johnny Logan
"La Isla Bonita" by Madonna
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
May 10 – 31, 1987
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
by Whitney Houston
- Mickey Thomas – Vocals
- Grace Slick – Vocals
- Donny Baldwin – Drums, Vocals
- Craig Chaquico – Guitar
- Pete Sears - Bass
- Additional personnel
- Walter Afanasieff – keyboards, additional synth bass
- Narada Michael Walden – additional drums
- Corrado Rustici – charvel MIDI guitar synthesizer
- Robert "Bongo Bob" Smith – drum sampling and percussion
- Karen "Kitty Beethoven" Brewington, Jim Gilstrap – additional background vocals
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