"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.

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,[1] helping to earn a gold record for the duo.

Cover Versions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

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.

Sampling[edit source | editbeta]Edit

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 1997, the song was sampled by P. Diddy (then known asPuff 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. 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 history[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1981) Peak


US R&B Singles[2] 1
UK Singles Chart[3] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 19
Dance/Club Play Singles[5] 26
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