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"Don't Stop"
File:Fleetwood Mac Don't Stop.jpg
Song by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
B-side"Never Going Back Again" (US) / "Gold Dust Woman (UK)
ReleasedMarch 1977 (UK) / July 1977 (US)
Recorded1976
GenreRock
Length3:13 (Album version)
3:34 (Demo version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Christine McVie
Producer(s)Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut & Ken Caillat
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"Don't Stop" is a song by the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, written by vocalist and keyboard player Christine McVie. Sung by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, and McVie, it was a single taken from the band's 1977 hit album, Rumours. It is one of the band's most enduring hits, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard singles chart. In the UK market, "Don't Stop" followed "Go Your Own Way" as the second single from Rumours and peaked at No. 32. In the US, it was the third single released, and peaked at No. 3 in October 1977.

Background[]

"Don't Stop" reflects Christine McVie's feelings after her separation from Fleetwood Mac's bass guitarist, John McVie, after eight years of marriage. "'Don't Stop' was just a feeling. It just seemed to be a pleasant revelation to have that 'yesterday's gone'," she remembers in The Fleetwood Mac Story: Rumours and Lies, "It might have, I guess, been directed more toward John, but I'm just definitely not a pessimist."[1]

Political significance[]

It was used by United States presidential candidate Bill Clinton as the theme for his first campaign, most notably at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Upon winning the election, Clinton persuaded the then-disbanded group to reform to perform it for his inaugural ball in 1993.

At the 2000 convention, he ended his speech by saying, "Keep putting people first. Keep building those bridges. And don't stop thinking about tomorrow!" Immediately after the final sentence, the song began playing over the loudspeakers. The song was also played for Clinton's appearances at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 conventions.

Music video[]

A live performance of the song was used as a music video.

Personnel[]

Chart performance[]

Cover versions[]

A cover by Elton John was included on the 1998 compilation Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.

Status Quo covered the song in their 1996 covers album Don't Stop.

Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist Nina Nesbitt released a cover version of "Don't Stop" on August 23, 2013 in the United Kingdom.

It is included as one of the many songs in "The Official BBC Children in Need Medley".

It was also covered in 2010 by the cast of the TV show Glee in the episode titled "Rumours".

References[]

  1. Brunning, Bob .(2001). Rumours and Lies: The Fleetwood Mac Story. ISBN 978-1-84449-011-0. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
  2. "Ultratop.be – Fleetwood Mac – Don't Stop" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  3. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  4. "Dutchcharts.nl – Fleetwood Mac – Don't Stop" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  5. "Fleetwood Mac: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  6. Cash Box Top 100 Singles, September 17, 1977
  7. "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 14, December 31 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  8. http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1977.htm
  9. Cash Box Year-End Charts: 1977/Top 100 Pop Singles, December 31, 1977

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