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Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now}}"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" is a song co-written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, recorded by the American rock band Starship in 1986. It is a power ballad duet featuring Starship vocalists Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas. It is the theme to the romantic comedy Mannequin along with a themed music video. The song hit No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 and became Warren's first number one single. The song was also featured in the dramedy movie The Skeleton Twins (2014).

Development

In a radio interview, Albert Hammond said that the idea for the song came from his impending marriage to his live-in girlfriend of seven years, after his divorce from his previous wife was finalized. He had said to Diane Warren, "It's almost like they've stopped me from marrying this woman for seven years, and they haven't succeeded. They're not gonna stop me doing it." The song has been considered "feel good" propelled by a strong synthesizer beat.

Music video

The song's music video was released in 1987. It shows Mickey Thomas pursuing a mannequin come to life, played by Grace Slick, wrapped around footage from the film Mannequin. Meshach Taylor makes a cameo from his role in the film as window dresser Hollywood Montrose, as does Narada Michael Walden, who appears with the band.

Track listing

# "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" – 4:29 # "Layin' It on the Line" (live at Stopher Gym, Louisiana State University) – 4:15 [Stopher Gym is in Thibodaux at Nicholls State University]

Charts and certifications

The song hit No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 on April 4, 1987 and reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks the following month and became the UK's second-biggest-selling single of 1987. The song also reached the top 10 in six European countries. It became the first number one single by songwriter Diane Warren. At the time, it made the 47 year old Grace Slick the oldest woman to have a number-one single in the United States, surpassed only by Cher, who was 52 when her song "Believe" reached #1 in early 1999. It received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Original Song" at the 60th Academy Awards. It is on the Mannequin soundtrack, and on Starship's album No Protection in July 1987.

Weekly charts

Year-end charts

All-time charts

Certifications



| Canada | Gold | 50,000 |- | Sweden | Gold | 10,000 |- | United Kingdom | Gold | 957,336 |- | United States | Gold | 500,000

Personnel

  • Mickey Thomas – vocals
  • Grace Slick – vocals
  • Donny Baldwin – drums, vocals
  • Craig Chaquico – guitar
  • Pete Sears - bass

    Additional personnel

  • Walter "Baby Love" Afanasieff – keyboards, synth bass
  • Narada Michael Walden – drums
  • Corrado Rustici – Charvel MIDI guitar
  • Robert "Bongo Bob" Smith – drum sampling and percussion
  • Karen "Kitty Beethoven" Brewington, Jim Gilstrap – background vocals

    Other versions

    The song has been recorded twice by Filipino artists: one by MYMP from their album New Horizon (2006), and another one by Daniel Padilla and Morissette Amon as a soundtrack for the movie Crazy Beautiful You (2015). This version also appears on Padilla's compilation album DJ Greatest Hits (2016).