30 Years Ago Today: Starship's 'Never Gonna Stop Us Now' Hits #1!

Starship hit #1 in 1987 with the Diane Warren ballad "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now".

Two years after returning to prominence from near-oblivion with the much-derided, but insanely successful Knee Deep In The Hoopla album, which spawned mega-hits "We Built This City" and "Sara", Starship were now back on top of the rock heap. Being that this was not their first trip to the big dance, the members of the band knew that they were only as good as their follow-up.

So when No Protection hit stores in 1987, it was immediately obvious that the band and their label fully intended on staying on top, which meant adhering to the exact same formula of Hoopla by first re-enlisting Peter Wolf (the producer, not the J. Geils singer) and, secondly, relying upon material from outside writers.



Much like Hoopla had featured outside contributions from Wolf, Kimberley Rew & Vince De La Cruz (Katrina & The Waves), Martin Page and Bernie Taupin, No Protection boasted tracks by Johnny Warman, Robbie Nevil, and Late Night drummer Anton Fig, but it was this Diane Warren-Albert Hammond ballad that sped to #1 on the singles chart and ensured that this album would go platinum.

Even so, for Starship, it would be their last trip to the #1 spot. For songwriter Diane Warren, it would be her first of nine chart-topping U.S. singles.

Amazingly, though their 1989 effort Love Among The Cannibals bombed, even that album spawned a Top 20 hit called, ironically, "It's Not Enough".

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