“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.
|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||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|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY: back sleeve commercial issue.
MEXICO: PS front and back of the commercial issue. JAPAN.
SOUTH AFRICA, GUATEMALA, PERU’.
UK, USA, FRANCE: test pressing.