Stop what you're doing and reply to this thread about 'Stop'!
Possible discussion points: the video, the artwork, the lyrics, performances, its chart battle with Run DMC vs Jason Nevins in the UK... discuss anything to do with 'Stop'!
What I wrote about 'Stop' in the Spice Rate from 2014:
'Stop' was released as the third single from the Spice Girls' second album 'Spiceworld'. It's a Motown influenced pop song, which drew a favourable response from critics. The girls had started their 'Spiceworld' tour two weeks prior to the single's UK release, and were performing in Italy, France & Spain throughout the release week.
'Stop' was released in the same week as 'It's Like That' by Run DMC vs Jason Nevins, and early midweeks showed that 'It's Like That' was well ahead of 'Stop'. It seemed certain that the Spice Girls' string of #1 hits was about to come to an end, and sadly it did. 'Stop' achieved first week sales of 115,000 - respectable enough given that it was taken from an album which had already sold over a million copies. 'It's Like That's sold significantly more copies - 247,000, and went on to become a million seller. The fact the Spice Girls had missed out on #1 was actually newsworthy, but #2 was still a great position. The Spice Girls later referenced this chart battle during the Return of the Spice Girls tour (2007/8) - they included the intro of 'It's Like That' at the very start of 'Stop'.
I seem to remember that 'Stop' originally had a UK release date of 2nd March, but it was pushed back to 9th March. If they'd stuck with the original release date then 'Stop' may well have become their 7th UK #1 in a row. Céline Dion was #1 a week earlier with 'My Heart Will Go On', only requiring 112,000 copies to top the charts.
It's anyone's guess how much 'Stop' has sold to date in the UK, for reasons too long-winded to get into here, but it had sold 331,000 copies by the end of 1998. It hasn't sold 400,000 yet though because it hasn't been certified as gold. Hopefully it passes that threshold someday!
'Stop' didn't reach #1 anywhere in the world, but it did make the Top 3 in Canada & Ireland, and #5 in Australia. It peaked at #16 in the US, in the aftermath of Geri Halliwell leaving the group.
Despite 'Stop' being one of their worst selling singles in the UK, it seems to have grown into one of the group's best known signature hits in recent years! I don't think there's a particular reason why, but it's an undeniably catchy tune. One of the most recognisable elements of 'Stop' is its dance routine - with it easy to copy hand gestures, it's probably their best known routine.
Interestingly 'Stop' has ended up in 14th position in both the 2012 & the 2014 rates.
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