Don't Stop Me Now

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This sprightly Freddie Mercury composition stands alongside "Bicycle Race" as one of Jazz’s most engaging songs. The lyrics are tailor-made for a concert setting as they present Mercury exhorting the listener to stand back while he struts his stuff: "Don’t stop me now/I’m having such a good time, I’m havin’ a ball/Don’t stop me now/If you wanna have a good time, just give me a call." The music captures the exuberance of the lyrics by marrying verses that slowly build into a frenzy of flowery melodic phrases to a punchy, sing-along chorus that takes the song’s energy through the roof. Queen’s recording of "Don’t Stop Me Now" is a model of energy and craft: it starts with Mercury singing over flowery piano lines and soon builds into stomping pop-rocker anchored by rumbling piano lines and cymbal-crashing drum work. Brian May contributes an exciting yet very fluid guitar solo and the band sweetens the chorus up with their exuberant vocal harmonies. The end result was a smart fusion of pop hooks and rock energy. While it never caught on as a single in the U.S., "Don’t Stop Me Now" became a top-ten hit in the U.K. and a long-time showstopper in Queen’s live set. It remains a favorite with Queen fans today thanks to its never-say-die exuberance.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Jazz 1978 Island / Universal 3:29
Queen 40: Limited Edition Collector's Box Set, Vol. 2 2012 Hollywood / Hollywood Records (UK) / Universal Distribution 3:35