Stop! (Sam Brown song)

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Single by Sam Brown
from the album Stop!
B-side "Poor Frank", "Blue Soldier", "Bones"
Released 1988 (1988)
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded 1988 (1988)
Genre R&B, blues
Length 4:02 (edit)
4:55 (album version)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Sam Brown, Gregg Sutton, Bruce Brody
Producer(s) Sam Brown, Pete Brown
Sam Brown singles chronology
"Walking Back to Me"
"This Feeling"

"Stop!" is a song by English singer Sam Brown.

The single was originally released in 1988, missing the UK top forty and peaking at number fifty-two. It was not until 1989, however, that the single became a hit, when it peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart. "Stop!" became Brown's biggest hit to date, spending twelve weeks on the UK chart. It was the 35th best-selling single of 1989 in the UK.

Sam Brown version[edit]

Track listings[edit]

CD single – UK
  1. "Stop!" (edit)
  2. "Blue Soldier"
7" single – UK
  1. "Stop!" (edit)
  2. "Blue Soldier"
12" single – UK
  • Side A
  1. "Stop!" (album version)
  2. "Poor Frank"
  • Side B
  1. "Blue Soldier"
  2. "Bones"

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Tribute (Right On)" by The Pasadenas
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
10 September 1988 – 24 September 1988 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Only Way Is Up" by Yazz and the Plastic Population
Preceded by
"Downtown" by One 2 Many
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
20 December 1988 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"First Time" by Robin Beck

Jamelia version[edit]

Single by Jamelia
from the album Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason soundtrack
A-side "DJ"
B-side "Last Christmas"
Released 1 November 2004
Format CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 3:37
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Sam Brown, Gregg Sutton, Bruce Brody
Producer(s) Jimmy Hogarth
Jamelia UK/Australian singles chronology
"See It in a Boy's Eyes"
"Something About You"
Jamelia European singles chronology
"Universal Prayer"
"Something About You"

Jamelia covered the song when the makers of the 2004 film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason approached her to record it to illustrate an integral part of the film. Jamelia instantly accepted the offer and explained how much she was a fan of the character and of the first film.[11] Her cover version was met with critical acclaim, especially for her vocal performance on the track.[12] The exclamation mark at the end of the title was dropped for the Jamelia release.

"Stop" was released as a double A-side with the song "DJ" on 1 November 2004, one of the busiest release weeks of the year competing with Eminem (who got number one with Just Lose It), Destiny's Child (who got number two with Lose My Breath), Britney Spears (who got number three with My Prerogative), Christina Aguilera (who got number four with Car Wash featuring Missy Elliott) and Usher (who got number five with My Boo, a duet with Alicia Keys). However, the single still managed to get a UK top ten place at number nine, despite the stiff competition and became her fourth consecutive top ten hit, spending twelve weeks inside the UK Singles Chart, one week longer than "See It in a Boy's Eyes", despite having a lower peak. The single also became her fourth consecutive top forty hit in Australia, peaking at number thirty-seven there.

The formats of "DJ" and "Stop" received a staggered release. On 1 November 2004 the two-track CD one was released along with the "DJ" CD release. Due to time constraints, the "Stop" video (directed by Alex Hemming) could not be added in time to make the 1 November release date and so the CD two was released a week later on 8 November 2004. This was also the first DVD single release from Jamelia. It is rumoured that the DVD single was released because the "DJ" video was not finished in time to be added to the Thank You – Live DVD release. The single release also contained a cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas".

Track listings[edit]

  1. "DJ" (radio edit)
  2. "Stop"
  1. "DJ" (radio edit)
  2. "Stop"
  3. "Last Christmas"
  4. "Stop" (video)


Chart (2004) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[13] 1 37
Belgian Ultratop 50 Singles (Flanders)[13] 1 46
French Singles Chart[13] 1 26
German Singles Chart[14] 56
Irish Singles Chart[13] 1 12
Swiss Singles Chart[13] 1 36
UK Singles Chart[13] 1 9

1 "Stop"/"DJ".

Other versions[edit]

Blues rocker Joe Bonamassa recorded a seven-minute version of the song for inclusion on his 2009 longplayer The Ballad of John Henry.

Norwegian singer Ane Brun released a version (as a duet with Liv Widell) on her 2005 album Duets.

In France, a cover version of the song was used in a TV advert for Maxwell House.

Icelandic indie pop darling Hafdís Huld recorded an a cappella version which was used for a pan-European TV commercial for Mercedes-Benz in the summer of 2008. A fully instrumented version was released as a single in Iceland on 24 October 2008 with a full iTunes release on 24 November via Red Grape Records.

In Vietnam singer Mỹ Tâm covered this song on her 10 Years Anniversary Liveshow 2011: Mỹ Tâm Melodies of time

Paul Dempsey, frontman of the Australian group Something For Kate, covered the song as a bonus track on the deluxe version of the group's 2012 album 'Leave Your Soul to Science'

Jazz singer Laura Zakian, covered the song on her 2014 album Songs For Modern Lovers


  1. ^ "Stop!", UK Singles Chart (Retrieved 16 September 2008)
  2. ^ "Dutch Singles chart". Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  3. ^ "Stop!", UK Singles Chart (1989 release) (Retrieved 16 September 2008)
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved 16 September 2008)
  5. ^ "1988 Belgian Flanders Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Single top 100 over 1988" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  7. ^ 1988 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved 17 September 2008)
  8. ^ 1989 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved 17 September 2008)
  9. ^ 1989 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved 17 September 2008)
  10. ^ "Les certifications depuis 1973, database" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  11. ^ :: Jameila :: Stop
  12. ^ "UKMIX – Reviews – Jamelia – DJ / Stop". 2004-11-01. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "DJ"/"Stop" – chart positions. α Retrieved 5 March 2007.
  14. ^ "Stop" – chart positions. α Retrieved 5 March 2007.

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