"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]


 [hide*1 Reception


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] The single also has reached Silver status in the United Kingdom.

Music Video[edit]Edit

The video for the song was directed by J. Kliebenstein and filmed at the Forest National, Brussels, Belgium on 8 December 1978.

In popular culture[edit]Edit

  • In the musical We Will Rock You, the song is used in the scene where Killer Queen prematurely begins to celebrate, thinking that Galileo and Scaramouche have been captured.
  • Episode 5 of the 2004 BBC miniseries Blackpool featured the recording, accompanied on screen by the singing and dancing of the characters, as part of the story.
  • 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/comedy film 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 June 2012, the track was used for the Beit Shemesh protest flashmob against segregation and attacks on women in the city.[14]
  • In June 2013, the track was used as the musical background of the Visa Inc. commercial, titled Feel Faster, Flow Faster.
  • Also in June 2013, the track was used for extended advertisements for series 7 of Australia's Got Talent on the Nine Network.
  • Maltese television singing talent show which airs on various channels is called "Don't Stop Me Now" and uses the song as its title music.
  • Darren Criss covered the song on the American television series "Glee" Season 4 Episode 13 titled "Diva"
  • In the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V a subacheivement in the mission "By The Book" is titled "Don't Stop Me Now" and has been confirmed as a reference to the song.
  • The cast members of the American television sitcom Super Fun Night perform this as the series' theme song.

Sales and Certifications[edit]Edit

Region Certification
Italy (FIMI)[15] Gold
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold


Cover versions[edit]Edit

Notable cover versions include:

Chart positions[edit]Edit

  • Number 9 (UK)
  • Number 10 (Ireland)
  • Number 14 (Netherlands)
  • Number 35 (Germany)
  • Number 37 (Sweden)
  • Number 86 (US)
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