Drop the Pilot

"Drop the Pilot" is a song written and originally performed by Joan Armatrading. It was the first single to be released from Armatrading's 1983 album The Key, and was her third and (to date) final UK top 40 hit. It reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart, and spent a total of ten weeks in the Top 40.[1] The single was Armatrading's only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent six weeks, peaking at number 78 on 25 June 1983.[2]

"Drop the Pilot"
Single by Joan Armatrading
from the album The Key
B-side"Business Is Business"
Released22 January 1983
GenrePop rock
Songwriter(s)Joan Armatrading
Producer(s)Val Garay
Joan Armatrading singles chronology
"No Love"
"Drop the Pilot"

Track listing

  1. "Drop the Pilot" – 3:39
  2. "Business Is Business" – 3:08


Chart (1983) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 35
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 78
"Drop the Pilot"
Single by Mandy Moore
from the album Coverage
Released28 October 2003
  • CD single
  • Digital download
RecordedFebruary 2003
GenrePop rock
Songwriter(s)Joan Armatrading
Producer(s)John Fields
Mandy Moore singles chronology
"Have a Little Faith in Me"
"Drop the Pilot"
"Senses Working Overtime"

Mandy Moore version

"Drop the Pilot" was recorded by American singer Mandy Moore, for her fourth studio album Coverage.[8] The song was released as the second single in Brazil and the Philippines, by Epic Records.

Release and reception

Moore's version of "Drop the Pilot" was released as the second single from her fourth album titled Coverage, on 28 October 2003 through Epic Records. In 2004, the label included "Drop the Pilot" in the first compilation of Mandy Moore, The Best of Mandy Moore. Later, in 2007, it included the single in the deluxe edition of the second artist compilation album, Super Hits.

Music video

A video was produced as a demo for Kodak's Vision2 500T series motion picture film. It is included on the demo DVD for the Vision2 line of stocks and used as a product example projected from a print at Kodak product screenings. The video was directed by Nick DiBella.[9]

Track listing

  • Digital download
  1. "Drop the Pilot" – 3:39

Credits and personnel

  • Mandy Moore – vocals
  • Joan Armatrading – songwriter
  • John Fields – producer, keyboards and guitar


  1. "Joan Armatrading". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  2. "Joan Armatrading - Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  3. http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Joan+Armatrading&titel=Drop+The+Pilot&cat=s%5B%5D
  4. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 19. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/248c/Joan-Armatrading-Drop-The-Pilot
  6. "Archived copy". Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  7. http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/15860/JOAN-ARMATRADING/
  8. "Mandy Moore". MTV. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  9. "New 35mm Film 'Pops'!" (PDF). On Location. Rochester/Finger Lakes Films & Video Office Inc. 15 (1). Spring 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
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