Hangin' Tough (song)

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"Hangin' Tough"
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album Hangin' Tough
Released July 3, 1989
Format CD single, 12"
Recorded 1988
Length 3:54
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maurice Starr
Producer(s) Maurice Starr
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)"
"Hangin' Tough"
"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)"

"Hangin' Tough" is a 1989 single from New Kids on the Block. It was released on Columbia Records. The fourth single from the group's second album of the same name, the lead vocals were sung by Donnie Wahlberg. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart on September 9, 1989. It also topped the UK Singles Chart, and the song became the first number one single of the 1990s.[1]


There are two distinct renditions of the song. The original album version which includes a keyboard solo and the remixed version, which is arguably more recognizable and commonly appears on Greatest Hits albums, which includes a guitar solo and heavier instrumentation. The song was used in the 1989 film The Wizard as well as the Regular Show episode "High Score". In 1991, the song was used as the entrance theme for the tag team of Tony Williams and Brian Lawler in the Memphis, Tennessee-based United States Wrestling Association. In 1991, Alvin and the Chipmunks released a cover version for their album The Chipmunks Rock the House.[2]

Track listings[edit]

US /UK / Netherlands Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM

  • A Hangin' Tough [7 Remix] 3:51
  • B Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) 4:24

UK Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

  • A Hangin' Tough [Tougher Mix] 3:32
  • B1 Hangin' Tough [LP Version] 4:16
  • B2 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) 4:24

UK Maxi-CD

  1. Hangin' Tough [7 Remix] 3:51
  2. Hangin' Tough [Tougher Mix] 3:32
  3. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) 4:24

UK Vinyl, 12"

  • A1 Hangin' Tough [Tougher Mix] 3:32
  • A2 What'cha Gonna Do (About It) 3:54
  • B1 Hangin' Tough [LP Version] 4:16
  • B2 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) 4:24[3]


Chart (1989/90) Peak
Australian Singles Chart
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)
Canadian Singles Chart
Dutch Singles Chart
German Singles Chart
Irish Singles Chart
New Zealand Singles Chart
Norwegian Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart[1]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100
Preceded by
"Cold Hearted" by Paula Abdul
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 9, 1989 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Don't Wanna Lose You" by Gloria Estefan
Preceded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid II
Irish Singles Chart
January 18, 1990 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor
Preceded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid II
UK number one single
January 7, 1990 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tears on My Pillow" by Kylie Minogue


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 509–10. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "The Chipmunks Rock the House". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  3. ^ "New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  4. ^ "New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 

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