"Stop" is a song by the Spice Girls, released as their seventh single in the United Kingdom (sixth in the United States) and the third release from their second album, Spiceworld. The song is reminiscent of Supremes singles and other classic girl group songs and was chiefly penned by Geri Halliwell, although as with all their songs the other girls had a great deal of input. Though not the last single to include Geri Halliwell's vocals, it was the last single to be released before her departure.
In the UK, "Stop" ended the run of the pieces of the Spice Girls' consecutive #1 songs, at six (from "Wannabe" to "Too Much"), but still allowed them to become the first act in history to have their first six singles make number 1 in the UK. This record was eventually overtaken by Westlife, whose first 7 singles went to number 1 in the UK. The song debuted at #2, being kept off the top spot by the million-selling Jason Nevins remix of Run DMC's 1983 hit "It's Like That".
The first section including the knocking on the door scenes at the beginning were shot on Carnew Street (a street also used for scenes in Angela's Ashes, The Bogwoman and Michael Collins) in Dublin. The second half of the video for "Stop" is set in the small town of Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan in Ireland, in around the late 1950s or early 1960s, with the girls running around the streets dancing, jump roping, hula hooping, and participating in competitions of various kinds. At the end, they all sing on stage at a bar.
During the song's chorus, the video shows the girls performing a simple "hand-action" dance, which was often performed along to the song by Spice Girls fans.
The girls performed the song for Children In Need and the Victoria's Secret fashion show on 16 November 2007 in Los Angeles. It was their first performance as a quintet in 9 years. The Victoria's Secret performance aired December 4, 2007 on CBS.
The introduction of the song on the reunion concerts is the first verse of "It's Like That" by Run DMC, the song that reached the number one instead of Stop in 1998, breaking the Spice Girls' tradition of having all the singles going to number one.
Stop was performed at The 1998 Brit Awards, where the girls emgered on a vintage car.
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