Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now


Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

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"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"
Single by McFadden & Whitehead
from the album McFadden & Whitehead
B-side "I Got the Love"
Released 1979
Format 7", 12"
Recorded Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre Disco
Length 7:02 (album version)
3:38 (single edit)
10:45 (12" version)
Label Philadelphia International
Writer(s) Jerry Cohen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead
Producer Jerry Cohen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead
McFadden & Whitehead singles chronology
  "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"
"I've Been Pushed Aside"

"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" is a disco song performed by R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead from their debut album, McFadden & Whitehead. They wrote and produced this along with keyboard player Jerry Cohen.[1] Released from their self-titled debut album in 1979, the song spent a week at number one on the R&B singles chart. It also proved to be a successful crossover hit, peaking at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number 5 in the UK.[2] The single also made it to number ten on the disco charts.[3] The bass hook was played by Philadelphia International Records house musician Jimmy Williams. The song eventually sold over 2 million copies and went platinum. In 1979 New York radio station WBLS 107.5 fm used this song as their Summer Anthem. This was a creative feature that was done by radio personality and also program director Frankie Crocker when the station became number one in arbitron radio ratings that year.

McFadden & Whitehead would revisit the song in their 1984 single, "Ain't No Stoppin' (Ain't No Way)."


Popular usage

The song is frequently played at sporting and political events, and TV shows often use it.

  • "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" was played at the 2008 Democratic National Convention on the night Illinois Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party (United States) nomination for President of the United States.
  • "Ain’t No Stoppin' Us Now" is the Theme Song for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Marching Band, Known As "The Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South also known as "M4". The UAPB Marching Band,under the direction of Professor John R.Graham,Jr. performed the song as they marched by the viewing stand for the 56th Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama..
  • The song served as the 1980 theme song for the Philadelphia Phillies, 1980-81 Philadelphia Eagles and 2000-2001 Philadelphia 76ers. (McFadden and Whitehead sung a Phillies, Eagles and Sixers version of Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now. For example, "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now, the Phillies got the groove").
  • The song is played at the end of Detroit Red Wings games when they're victorious.
  • The song served as the theme song for former heavyweight champion of the world and boxing hall-of-famer Larry Holmes.
  • Davidson samples this song in his song "All I Wanna Do", heard on the Grand Theft Auto 2 soundtrack.
  • This song is also the ring walk song of the former WBA Heavyweight title holder and former The Ring WBA,WBC & WBO Cruiserweight champion of the world, David Haye
  • This song was also featured in the movie Boogie Nights.
  • Colson Whitehead refers to the song in his novel Sag Harbor as "the black national anthem" during the 1980s.
  • Diddy-Dirty Money references the song in their song "Coming Home"[8]
  • Jocko Henderson samples this song in his 1979 single "Rhythm Talk"
  • Lethal P used this song on his 2005 mixtape 'Always Outnumbered, Always Scarper'


  1. ^ Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now Songfacts
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 390.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 172.
  4. ^ "Songs overview".
  5. ^ "The Rippingtons : Discography : Brave New World".
  6. ^ "Hang Time overview".
  7. ^ "Wayman Tisdale Continues Retro Run".
  8. ^ "Coming Home (Diddy-Dirty Money song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". Retrieved 2011-11-04.


Author:Bling King
Published:Apr 5th 2013
Modified:Apr 5th 2013

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