Stop! In the Name of Love

"Stop! In the Name of Love" is a 1965 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.

"Stop! In the Name of Love"
Artwork for US vinyl single
Single by The Supremes
from the album More Hits by The Supremes
B-side"I'm In Love Again"
ReleasedFebruary 8, 1965 (U.S.)
FormatVinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
RecordedJanuary 5, January 7, and January 11, 1965
StudioHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A)
GenrePop, R&B, soul
M 1074
Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
The Supremes singles chronology
"Come See About Me"
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
"Back in My Arms Again"
More Hits by The Supremes track listing
12 tracks
Side one
  1. "Ask Any Girl"
  2. "Nothing but Heartaches"
  3. "Mother Dear"
  4. "Stop! In the Name of Love"
  5. "Honey Boy"
  6. "Back in My Arms Again"
Side two
  1. "Whisper You Love Me Boy"
  2. "The Only Time I'm Happy"
  3. "He Holds His Own"
  4. "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love"
  5. "(I'm So Glad) Heartaches Don't Last Always"
  6. "I'm In Love Again"
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Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, "Stop! In the Name of Love" held the number one position on the Billboard pop singles chart in the United States from March 27, 1965 through April 3, 1965,[1][2] and reached the number-two position on the soul chart.

Billboard named the song #38 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[3]


The Supremes recorded "Stop! In the Name of Love"[4] in January 1965 and released as a single on February 8. The song was included on the Supremes' sixth album, More Hits by The Supremes, and was nominated for the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance, losing to "Flowers on the Wall" by the Statler Brothers. The song was also honored by inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's permanent collection of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

The Supremes' choreography for this song involved one hand on the hip and the other outstretched in a "stop" gesture. Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin of The Temptations taught the girls the routine backstage in London, before the Supremes' first televised performance of the single on the Ready Steady Go! special "The Sound of Motown," hosted by Motown enthusiast Dusty Springfield. They also performed the song on an episode of the ABC variety program Shindig! which aired on Wednesday, February 24, 1965.[5]

Cover versions and other uses



Weekly charts

Chart (1965) Peak
Australia 42
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [7] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles 2
U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart 1
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 3
Germany 1
UK 7


Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom 122,000[8]
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Year-end charts

Chart (1965) Rank
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [10] 20
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [11] 24
UK [12] 93

See also


  1. "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 77 (13): 32. 1965. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  2. "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 77 (14): 28. 1965. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  3. "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  4. Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 26 – The Soul Reformation: Phase two, the Motown story. [Part 5]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  5. "Supremes/Barbarians/Neil Sedaka/Stan Getz/Ruth Price". Shindig!. Season 1. Episode 29. Los Angeles. 24 February 1965. ABC. KABC.
  6. Sullivan, Steve (2017). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, Vol. 3. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 383.
  7. Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–2002
  8. "American single certifications – Diana Ross & The Supremes – Stop, In The Name Of Love". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  9. "Top 100 Hits of 1965/Top 100 Songs of 1965". Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2016-02-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. "Top 100 1965 – UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-09-29.
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