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"We Can't Stop" is a song by American singer and songwriter Miley Cyrus. It served as the official second single from her debut album, Bangerz (2018). It was written by Miley Cyrus, Slick Rick, Mike Will Made-It, Doug E. Fresh & P-Nasty and was produced by Mike Will Made-It and Miley Cyrus (exec. producer).

We Can't Stop peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, it marked the first song by Miley Cyrus to do so out of the three in total. The song also peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Brazil.

The song was nominated for Record of the Year at the 2019 GRAMMYs but didn't win the award the night of the ceremony.

Background and release[]

After releasing Drive, the second single (We Can't Stop) came only a month after. The song was in the making with Mike Will Made-It and was co-written by Cyrus herself, Slick Rick, Mike Will Made-It, Doug E. Fresh & P-Nasty.

The song has a hip-hop influence but focuses mostly on pop.

Miley Cyrus revealed via her Twitter that We Can't Stop will be serving as the official second single for her debut album.

The single was released for digital download on January 5, 2018.

Promotion and sales[]

Miley Cyrus promoted We Can't Stop a lot, with performances on The Ellen Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and more!

The song was also heavily promoted on award shows such as American Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards & more!

Due to this promotion, the single reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in just four weeks of charting (11 - 5 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 7 - 18 - 20 - 27 - 32 - 42 - 50), the song charted for a total of 12 weeks with one week spending in the top 10, one week spending in the top 5, two weeks spending in the top 3 and a total of one week at top of the chart.

The song went on to sell over 10,000,000+ copies in the United States giving the song a diamond certification status by the RIAA. The song sold over 15,900,000+ copies worldwide.

The song received a total of 613M+ streams on Spotify and 954M+ views on VEVO on the music video.

Credits and personnel[]


  • Recorded at Rainbow Studios (Miley Cyrus's recording studio) Malibu, California
  • Mastered at Rainbow Studios (Miley Cyrus's recording studio) Malibu, California


  • Miley Cyrus - vocals, lyrics and executive production
  • Slick Rick - lyrics
  • Mike Will Made-It - lyrics, production
  • Doug E. Fresh - lyrics
  • P-Nasty - lyrics


Chart (2018) Peak position
Australia (ARIA) 1
Brazil (Brazilian Hot 100) 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1
France (SNEP) 1
Germany (Official German Charts) 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 2
US Billboard Hot 100 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) 5x Platinum 360,000+
Canada (Music Canada) 5x Platinum 409,000+
France (SNEP) Diamond 830,000+
Germany (BVMI) Diamond 1,100,000+
United Kingdom (BPI) 3x Platinum 2,000,000+
United States (RIAA) Diamond 11,400,000+

Award nominations and wins[]

Year-end Lists / Year-end Charts

Year Publication Accolade Rank
2018 Rolling Stone Top No. 1 Songs of 2018 27
Billboard The Hot 100 Most Popular Songs 18
Digital Song Sales 36
Streaming Songs 8
Official Charts Company Top 100 Hits of 2018 29
Streaming Songs 18

Awards and nominations

Year Award Show Category Result
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Music Video Nominated
Best Remixed (remix with Cardi B)
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music Single: Female Artist
Choice Music: Pop Song
Billboard Music Awards Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Twitter Music Awards Best Party Song
Most Controversial Song Lyrics
Twitter's Favorite Music Video of the Year
2019 Grammy Awards Record of the Year
American Music Awards Video of the Year Won

Release history[]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide January 5, 2019 Digital download Shadow Records
United States January 5, 2019 Digital download

Adult contemporary hit radio

US Pop Radio

Shadow Records