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Don't Stop the Music (Yarbrough and Peoples song)

"Don't Stop the Music" is a song by Yarbrough and Peoples, from the duo's 1980 debut album, The Two of Us. It was released as a single on Mercury Records in 1981.

"Don't Stop the Music"
Single by Yarbrough and Peoples
from the album The Two of Us
B-side "You're My Song"
Released January 12, 1981
Format 12" Single
Recorded 1980
Genre Synth-Pop, Post-Disco · funk[1]
Length 7:49
4:08 (7")
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Jonah Ellis, Alisa Peoples and Cavin Yarbrough
Producer(s) Jonah Ellis
Lonnie Simmons
Yarbrough and Peoples singles chronology
"Don't Stop the Music"
"Don't Waste Your Time"

"Don't Stop the Music"
"Don't Waste Your Time"

The song reached #26 on the dance charts, #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 #7 in the UK and fared even better on the US R&B chart, where it hit number one,[2] helping to earn a gold record for the duo.

The music video for the song featured hand puppets singing "You don't really wanna stop? No!" The duo also used them for many of their live performances.


Cover VersionsEdit

The song has been covered multiple times, most notably in 1989 by Simon Harris.

The production team, Bugz In the Attic, also has a cover version featured on their studio album, Back in the Doghouse.


The song has been sampled numerous times: In 1994, the song was sampled by rapper K7, in a remix of his song "Zunga Zeng". In the fall of 1994, TLC sampled the song during the breakdown on the track "Let's Do It Again" from their LaFace Records album CrazySexyCool. The same year Hip-Hop duo Quo sampled the song, which is based on their single "Blowin' Up (Don't Stop the Music)" featuring Aaron Hall that was produced by Teddy Riley (both from Guy). Then in 1995 the R&B girl group Nuttin Nyce lifted the hook for their track "Froggy Style." In 1997, the song was sampled by P. Diddy (then known as Puff Daddy) in the song "Don't Stop What You're Doin'," from the album No Way Out and also included on the soundtrack to the film Soul Food and Playa (which is the group that is features singer/rapper/producer Static Major and producer/composer/singer Smoke E. Digglera) in the song's chorus for "Don't Stop the Music", from their debut, Cheers 2 U. The song's bassline was sampled by Tichina Arnold on her track "I Want to Know Your Name" on her album "One Love". In 2002, the song's chorus was used on the top 5 single Gangsta Lovin' by Eve and Alicia Keys, and then by Keyshia Cole for the song "Let It Go" from her album Just Like You, released in 2007. The song was also sampled in Fat Pat's "Tops Drop."

2Pac also sampled this record In 1996 on the unreleased original version of the song "Don't Stop". However this song was remixed for his 2006 Pac's Life album. The original song can be found on the internet under the name "Don't Stop The Music".

Chart historyEdit

Chart (1981) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 4
US R&B Singles[4] 1
UK Singles Chart[5] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 19
Dance/Club Play Singles[7] 26


  1. ^ "Song Genre". Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85. 
  3. ^ " – Yarbrough and Peoples – Don't Stop The Music" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Pop Singles: 1955-2006. Record Research. 
  7. ^ allmusic