"Can't Stop" is a song by American rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 2002 album, By the Way. It is the third single from the album. Since its release, the song has rarely been left off of a live set.
It is one of the only tracks on By the Way which revisits the original Chili Peppers method of short, rapped verses, containing fewer amounts of implemented texture. "Can't Stop" is unique, however, as it contains melodic and layered guitar and lyrical progressions, which the band's earlier work did not.
The song was the Chili Peppers' seventh number one Billboard Modern Rock Hit, and peaked at number fifty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The song influenced various other charts Worldwide, as well as Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, respectively.
Inspiration for the video was attributed to Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. The lighting was positioned in order to provide a clean-cut, contemporary atmosphere which would integrate with the video's concept. Orange was chosen to be the backsplash color by Romanek. His creative hand attempted to mirror Wurm's abstract "One Minute Sculptures", by having the band perform random scenes, which seem to fit no purpose. However, in retrospect, they were not intended to be anything more than arbitrary actions, fitting with the ideas expressed in Wurm's work.
Can't Stop is the only song on By The Way to feature Flea's trademark 'Popping and slapping' style albeit in a much less aggressive manner, allegedly due to Frusciante's discouragement of funk/rhythmic basslines. Flea switches to the more melodic finger-picking style for the chorus.
Lyrically, Can't Stop is a prime example of the band's occasional use of writing lyrics to a rhythm rather than rhythms to established lyrics. There is no consistent or definitive connotation evident in the song, as it more blatantly appears to be an indecisive incorporation of poetic phrases in order to achieve the rapidly sung verses. Themes are, thus, indistinguishable from a possible metaphoric meaning integrated within the track.
The song itself is distinct, especially when in comparison to the various other tracks on ‘'By the Way''. Many consider the song to be among the only true punk/funk sounds on the entire album, along with "Throw Away Your Television "Can't Stop" was considered to be "energetic" and melodically encompassing, by combining textured, melodic, and funky themes together into one.
The song was the Chili Peppers' 7th number one Modern Rock Hit, and second from the album By the Way, peaking at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100. Even while The Zephyr Song influenced a wider selection of musical charts, "Can't Stop" was considerably more successful in the three domestic charts it did influence, by taking a substantial lead over its predecessor. On the Worldwide Top 40, the song peaked at number 15, and also fared well on the Ireland Top 40, by peaking at number 36. Regardless of the moderate recognition it received on the Billboard Hot 100, the song is, during live performances, a staple. The band has never left the song out of a live set, recently acclimating it into the beginning, often using an intro to segue in.
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|Billboard Hot 100||57|
|UK Singles Chart||22|
|Irish Singles Chart||36|
|Austrian Singles Chart||65|
|German Singles Chart||58|
|Dutch Top 40||23|
|Dutch Singles Chart||23|
|Worldwide Singles Top 40||15|
|Swedish Singles Chart||70|