Don’t Stop Me Now

“Don’t Stop Me Now” is a song by the British rock band Queen, featured on their 1978 album Jazz that was released as a single in 1979. Written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, it was recorded in August 1978 at Super Bear Studios in Berre-les-Alpes (Alpes-Maritimes), France, and is the twelfth track on the album.

Musically the song builds on 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.

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 by the Universal Company.

The single reached number 9 in the UK charts but only number 86 in the US; as the album was a top-10 hit, the song got some airplay on U.S. album-oriented rock stations despite its low chart ranking as a single. 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. The song was voted as the third best Queen song by readers of Rolling Stone, who noted that “time has also been very kind to it and it’s widely seen now as one of the group’s best works.” The single also has reached Platinum status in the United Kingdom.

The b-side of the single was “In Only Seven Days” except on the Japanese, USA, Canadian and Australian release, “More Of That Jazz” was the B-side.

Country Format Catalogue Comment
Argentina 7″ PS EMI 0073 Spanish titles
Argentina 7″ EMI 0073 Promo. Spanish titles
Belgium 7″ PS EMI 4C 006-62272 tour dates on front sleeve
Canada 7″ Elektra E-46008
Canada 7″ Elektra E-46008 Promo, white label
Finland 7″ EMI 5E 008 62276
France 7″ PS EMI 2C 008-62276
France 7″ EMI 2C 008-62276 various labels: jukebox style labels; black/white labels
France CD5 PS EMI 881900 2 1994, reissue
France CD5 EMI SPCD 1796 1994 reissue, promo, with insert
France 7″ 1994, reissue. Test press, maybe fake
Germany 7″ PS EMI 1C 006-62276 different back
Germany 7″ PS EMI 1C 006-62276 tour dates on back sleeve
Guatemala 7″ EMI 4469
Ireland 7″ EMI 2910
Italy 7″ PS EMI 3C 006-62272
Japan 7″ PS Elektra P-381E caterpillar labels
Japan 7″ PS Elektra P-381E white labels
Japan CD3 PS Toshiba-EMI TODP 2539 1996, reissue
Mexico 7″ PS EMI 8230 33C 006-62276 Spanish titles
Netherlands 7″ PS EMI 5C 006 62276
New Zealand 7″ Elektra E-46008
Peru 7″ EMI PERU 15667
Portugal 7″ PS EMI 8E 006 62276 F slightly different back
South Africa 7″ EMIJ 4240
United Kingdom 7″ PS EMI 2910
United Kingdom 7″ EMI 2910 Test Press
United Kingdom 7″ EMI 2910 Demo printed on label
United States 7″ Elektra E-46008
United States 7″ Elektra E-46008 mono/stereo promo
United States 7″ E46008 Test press Allied Record Company E46008

UK: standard release.
In many country there’s some difference in the back and/or the front PS. I’ll try to show you all! :) If something missing or wrong, please contact me at alessandro.carugini@libero.itDon't Stop Me Now UK: standard release

BELGIUM: front sleeve with concert date, NETHERLAND, PORTUGAL: back sleeve commercial issue.
Don't Stop Me Now BELGIUM: front sleeve with concert date, NETHERLAND, PORTUGAL: back sleeve commercial issue

ARGENTINA: PS front and back of the commercial issue. Label from the promo version.
Don't Stop Me Now ARGENTINA: PS front and back of the commercial issue. Label from the promo version

GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY: back sleeve commercial issue.
Don't Stop Me Now GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY: back sleeve commercial issue.

MEXICO: PS front and back of the commercial issue. JAPAN.
Don't Stop Me Now MEXICO: PS front and back of the commercial issue. JAPAN

SOUTH AFRICA, GUATEMALA, PERU’.
Don't Stop Me Now SOUTH AFRICA, GUATEMALA, PERU'

UK, USA, FRANCE: test pressing.
Don't Stop Me Now UK, USA, FRANCE: test pressing