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"Don't Stop Me Now"
Single by Queen
from the album Jazz
B-side"In Only Seven Days"
"More of That Jazz"
Released5 January 1979
Format7", Cassette tape
RecordedAugust – September 1978
LabelEMI, Elektra
Writer(s)Freddie Mercury
ProducerQueen and Roy Thomas Baker
Queen singles chronology

"Don't Stop Me Now" is a 1979 song by English rock group Queen, featured on their 1978 album Jazz. Written by vocalist Freddie Mercury, it was recorded in August/September 1978 at Super Bear Studios in Berre-les-Alpes (Alpes-Maritimes), France, and is the twelfth track on the album.[1]

Musically, the song is based around Mercury's piano playing, with John Deacon and Roger Taylor providing a bass guitar and drums backing track. The song also provides an example of Queen's trademark style of multitrack harmony vocals for the chorus lines.[2]

On the studio version, Brian May's only guitar playing is in his guitar solo, but on live versions performed on the band's 1979 Jazz and Crazy tours, May would also play rhythm guitar throughout the rest of the song to give more of a rock feeling to it. A live version of the song features in the band's 1979 album Live Killers.[3] The song also appears in the band's 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits, and in June 2011, as part of Queen's 40th anniversary celebrations, an old take of the song containing more guitar parts was included on the bonus EP of the re-released and remastered Jazz album.[4][5]


The single reached number 9 in the UK charts but only number 86 in the US. Viewed at the time of release as one of the lesser songs in the Queen canon, it was only performed live during 1979, with the last performance in the Crazy Tour.[6] Despite this the song has grown in stature with time and has been popularised not only by consistent airplay, but by its use in advertisements, television programmes and films, and through cover versions. It has subsequently become one of Queen's most popular songs.[7][8][9] It was the first single by Queen to be released on a cassette tape. Previously, each single was released on a Vinyl Record or 7".The single also has reached Sliver status in the United Kingdom.

Music Video

The video for the song was directed by J. Kliebenstein and filmed at the Forest Nationale, Brussels, Belguim on 26 January 1979.

In popular culture

  • In 2005, this song was voted as "The Greatest Driving Song Ever" by viewers of the BBC television program Top Gear.[10]
  • The song's use in a scene for the zombie film parody Shaun of the Dead was well-received by critics.[11][12]
  • In 2011, on what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday, this song was used by Google in their Google Doodle homage to him.[13]
  • In 2012, boy band Union J performed "Don't Stop Me Now" on the first live show of the ninth series of The X Factor
  • In 2012, mashup artist DJ Earworm utilized the vocal track from the song as part of a "Speed and Strength" mix which was played between events at the various venues of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Cover versions

Notable cover versions include:

  • McFly, the cover is the official song for Sport Relief 2006. It reached Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart on the week ending 29 July 2006.[14]
  • The Vandals, on their 2004 album Hollywood Potato Chip. A music video filmed for the song features guitarist and producer Warren Fitzgerald busking in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre while in costume as Freddie Mercury.[15]
  • In the European release of the drumming game Donkey Konga (2004)
  • The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.[16]
  • Katy Perry performed the song twice on her Hello Katy Tour.[17]
  • Unibet in Scandinavia featured a cover by Fibes, Oh Fibes! in autumn 2009[18]
  • Olly Murs sang this on 14 November during "Queen Week" of The X Factor 2009
  • Parts of the "Weird Al" Yankovic song, "Ringtone" (2009) resemble this song's melody, along with several other Queen songs.[19]
  • Sally Chatfield covered this song in the Australian version of the X-Factor.
  • Kitty Brucknell sang this on 12 November during "Lady Gaga vs Queen Week" of The X Factor 2011
  • Sean (Kamasean Y. Matthews), an Indonesian Idol 2012 contestant sang this song on the second of her two performances at the Indonesian Idol (season 7) Top 6 Spectacular show 2012.[20]
  • A cover version of the song appears with The Incredibles float at Disney's Pixar Play Parade at the Disney California Adventure.[21]
  • Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson covered the song for Glee in the episode "Diva".[22]

Chart positions

  • Number 9
  • Number 10
  • Number 14
  • Number 35
  • Number 37
  • Number 86


  1. ^ Jazz - Don't Stop Me Now Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 2 July 2011
  2. ^ Donald A. Guarisco, "Don't Stop Me Now". Allmusic. Retrieved July 12, 2011
  3. ^ Live Killers Allmusic. Retrieved July 12, 2011
  4. ^ Queen Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 Allmusic. Retrieved July 12, 2011
  5. ^ Jazz (Remastered) Queen iTunes. Retrieved July 12, 2011
  6. ^ Queen live on tour: Crazy tour Queen Concerts. Retrieved 2 July 2011
  7. ^ Official: Top 25 karaoke songs The Telegraph. Retrieved May 28, 2011
  8. ^ Queen interview: Brian May on Don't Stop Me Now Absolute Radio. Retrieved 21 December 2011
  9. ^ Don't Stop Me Now Tops HMV Lyric Poll Queen Online. Retrieved 21 December 2011
  10. ^ Queen win Top Gears Best Driving Song ever poll Queen Zone. Retrieved May 28, 2011
  11. ^ Delingpole, James (30 March 2004). "Masters of the comic horror". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Knapp, Alex (13 January 2012). "The Geek Playlist: Fight Songs!". Forbes. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Inc, Google. "Freddie Mercury Google Doodle". Video. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Unstoppable McFly top music chart BBC News. Retrieved May 28, 2011
  15. ^ "The Vandals - 'Don't Stop Me Now' Kung Fu Records". Youtube. Kung Fu Records. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  16. ^ Don't Stop Me Now Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  17. ^ Katy Perry - Don't stop me now, seattle showbox YouTube
  18. ^ Katy Perry - Don't stop me now, seattle showbox Unibet Love The Game TVC 30 Sec Swe YouTube
  19. ^ Weird Al Yankovic releases a Queen-influenced song Queen Zone. Retrieved 6 September 2011
  20. ^ Indonesian Idol 2012 Top 6 Spectacular Show
  21. ^ "Pixar Play Parade". Magic
  22. ^ "‘Dont Stop Me Now’ ft Darren Criss from Glee 4.13 ‘Diva’.

External links

  • Official music video on YouTube

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