On and On (Stephen Bishop song)

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"On and On"
On and On - Stephen Bishop.jpg
Single by Stephen Bishop
from the album Careless
B-side"Little Italy"
ReleasedMay 1977
GenreSoft rock
LabelABC Records
Songwriter(s)Stephen Bishop
Producer(s)Henry Lewy, Stephen Bishop
Stephen Bishop singles chronology
"Save It for a Rainy Day"
"On and On"
"Never Letting Go"

"On and On" is a song by American singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop. The song, from his debut album Careless, became a major hit, peaking at number 11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and spending 28 weeks on the chart.[1] In Canada, the song peaked at number 6.[2]

On the U.S. Easy Listening chart, "On and On" peaked at number two.[3] It reached number three on the corresponding Canadian chart.

Despite failing to crack the top ten, it was the 30th ranked single on the Billboard magazine year-end chart for 1977 as a result of its almost seven-month chart run.[4]

The song was featured in the films Anger Management, How to Deal, The Hitcher, Margot at the Wedding, My Friend Dahmer and Remarkable Power.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Kenny Rankin covered "On and On" in 1977. His version charted concurrently with Stephen Bishop's original, reaching No. 110 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under chart.
  • British reggae group Aswad took their version of the song to No. 25 in the UK in August 1989.
  • Jonathan Coulton covered the song on his album Some Guys, released in 2019.


Track listing[edit]

US 7" single
A. "On and On" - 3:00
B. "Little Italy" - 3:35

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Stephen Bishop - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  2. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 33.
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1977 - Longbored Surfer - Charts". Web.archive.org. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  6. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1977-10-30. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  7. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 10/01/77". Cashboxmagazine.com.
  8. ^ "Obsolete song title page". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1977/Top 100 Songs of 1977". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  10. ^ Billboard. 1977-12-24. p. Front cover. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  11. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1977". Cashboxmagazine.com.

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