‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ bw ‘In Only Seven Days released’ in the UK (12th UK single) – highest position on the UK charts, #9 and #86 on US charts.
Also, 26 January 1979 – Queen filmed the video for ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ before their scheduled concert at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium – the video was directed by Jorgan Kliebenstein
This brilliant song was penned by Freddie Mercury for Queen’s 1978 (seventh studio) album, ‘Jazz’ while staying in Montreux, Switzerland. It’s the 12th song on the album.
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.
💥Four decades later, “Don’t Stop Me Now” is not only one of the band’s most treasured cuts, but one of the most popular songs of its entire era. On Sunday, March 3, 2019, it eclipsed 500 million plays on Spotify — nearly double that of any Rolling Stones, U2 or Led Zeppelin song on the service. It’s the highest streaming figure for any Queen song not called “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which holds the record for the most streams of any tune released in the 20th century.
💥From there, the song’s visibility began to snowball. Viewers of the British TV show Top Gear ranked “Don’t Stop Me Now” as the “Greatest Driving Song of All Time” in 2005, and a year later, the pop-rock group McFly covered the song with It reaching Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart on the week ending 29 July 2006.
💥In 2011, Queen fans voted the chorus of “Don’t Stop Me Now” as the band’s best ever lyric. The survey, conducted by HMV, found they liked the lyric “Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball” best. The second favorite lyric came from “The Show Must Go On” and was “My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies, fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die, I can fly my friends.”
💥Brian May shared his thoughts on this song when he spoke with Absolute Radio in 2011: “I thought it was a lot of fun, but I did have an undercurrent feeling of, ‘aren’t we talking about danger here,’ because we were worried about Freddie at this point. That feeling lingers, but it’s become almost the most successful Queen track as regards to what people play in their car or at their weddings. It’s become a massive, massive track and an anthem to people who want to be hedonistic. It was kind of a stroke of genius from Freddie.”
The enduring appeal of the sentiment couldn’t be denied. It has since become one of Queen’s best-loved songs, also a rather poignant posthumous statement about the man who wrote it. The amazing guitar solo is another reason why this vaults into many a fan’s top ten tracks.
Here’s the mood lifting song