Stay Too Long

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"Stay Too Long"
Single by Plan B
from the album The Defamation of Strickland Banks
B-side"Spend My Money"
Released8 January 2010 (2010-01-08)
Miloco Studios, London[1]
Songwriter(s)Ben Drew
Producer(s)Paul Epworth
Plan B singles chronology
"End Credits"
"Stay Too Long"
"She Said"

"Stay Too Long" is the first single from British musician Plan B's second album The Defamation of Strickland Banks. The single was released on 8 January 2010. Drum and bass group Pendulum also produced a remix, their first in three years,[2] which was used as runway-soundtrack for the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The Pendulum remix was also used on the video game Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, and a short version is used on the video game The Sims 3: Pets trailer. The song was also used in part of episode two of the sixth series of Doctor Who Confidential.[3] The song was also used in The Inbetweeners Movie. BBC also use this as their theme for tennis.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Stay Too Long" was directed by Daniel Wolfe[4] and shows the soul singer Strickland Banks on the night after one of his concerts. It was first aired online and on music channels in December 2009. British actress Kaya Scodelario plays the lead female role in the video. The video also includes the British actor Elliott Tittensor who is involved in a fight scene with Plan B.


Plan B performed the remix of the song alongside Pendulum at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards at Belfast City Hall during the backstage show.

Chart performance[edit]

On 17 January 2010, "Stay Too Long" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 9, which currently marks Plan B's second most successful single. The following week, the single fell to number 18, meaning it only spent one week within the top 10. On its third week in the chart, the single fell to number 19 and then to number 23 on its fourth week. On 14 February 2010, the single fell 9 places to number 32, before falling out of the Top 40 to number 45 the following week. Following the release of the album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, the single rocketed back into the Top 40 on 26 April 2010 to number 37 for one week, bringing the total of weeks spent in the Top 40 to six. The single also managed to debut at number 2 on the UK R&B Chart, being beaten only by Iyaz's "Replay". The song has sold over 190,000 sales in the UK.

Track listing[edit]


  • Plan B – vocals[11]
  • Paul Epworth – producer
  • Mark "Top" Rankin – engineer, mixing
Additional musicians[11]
  • Tom Wright-Goss – guitar
  • Eric Appapoulay – bass
  • Richard Cassell – drums
  • Aleysha Gordon – backing vocals
  • Hannah Kemoh – backing vocals
  • Jennifer Dawodu – backing vocals
  • Marvin Cottrell – backing vocals


Chart (2010) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[12] 9
UK Hip Hop/R&B (OCC)[13] 2


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 400,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[15] 8 January 2010 Digital download, CD single 679 Recordings


  1. ^ "Plan B". Miloco. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Stay Too Long by Plan B - Songfacts".
  3. ^ Doctor Who Confidential, Series 6, Episode 2, BBC
  4. ^ "Plan B's Stay Too Long by Daniel Wolfe". Promo News. Archived from the original on 26 December 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Plan B - Stay Too Long at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Plan B (4) - Stay Too Long". Discogs.
  7. ^ "Stay Too Long" – via Amazon.
  8. ^ "". Amazon UK.
  9. ^ "Stay Too Long (Pendulum Remix) - Single by Plan B". AppleMusic. 8 January 2010.
  10. ^ "Stay Too Long - Single by Plan B". AppleMusic. 10 January 2010.
  11. ^ a b c "Relationships for track: Stay Too Long". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  12. ^ "Plan B: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Official Hip Hop and R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "British single certifications – Plan B – Stay Too Long". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  15. ^ "Get millions of songs. All ad-free". AppleMusic.

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