Stand! (song)

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side-A label
Side A of the US single
Single by Sly and the Family Stone
from the album Stand!
B-side"I Want to Take You Higher"
ReleasedMarch 1969
GenrePsychedelic soul, funk
Songwriter(s)Sly Stone
Producer(s)Sly Stone
Sly and the Family Stone singles chronology
"Everyday People" / "Sing a Simple Song"
"Stand!" / "I Want to Take You Higher"
"Hot Fun in the Summertime"
Music video
"Stand!" (audio) on YouTube
Audio sample

"Stand!" is a 1969 song by the soul/rock/funk band Sly and the Family Stone Issued as a single that year by Epic Records, it reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 14 on the Hot Soul Songs charts.[1][2][3]


The song's title and lyrics are a call for its listeners to "stand" up for themselves, their communities, and what they believe in. Like nearly all of Sly & the Family Stone's songs, Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart was credited as the sole songwriter.

The original mix of "Stand!" garnered a warm, yet unenthusiastic, reaction when Sly Stone had an early acetate of the record played in a San Francisco club. As a result, Stone went back into the studio and had the song's final section, a fevered gospel music-styled break, rerecorded. Most of the Family Stone was unavailable for the session, and Stone resorted to using mostly studio musicians for the rerecorded section.

"I Want to Take You Higher", the b-side of "Stand!", was also a hit single in 1969/1970.

In 2004 the song was ranked #241 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[4]

In 2015, "Stand!" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[5]


Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Sly & The Family Stone: Stand!. Epic Records. 1969.
  2. ^ "Stand!: Sly & The Family Stone (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Stand!: Sly & The Family Stone (Hot Soul Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Sly and the Family Stone, 'Stand!'". 11 December 2003.
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  6. ^ "Jun 13, 1997 Setlist -". Retrieved 2020-01-29.