Hold My Hand (Hootie & the Blowfish song)

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"Hold My Hand"
Single by Hootie & the Blowfish
from the album Cracked Rear View
Released July 18, 1994
Format CD single
Genre Rock
Length 4:15
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Mark Bryan
Dean Felber
Darius Rucker
Jim Sonefeld
Producer(s) Don Gehman
Hootie & the Blowfish singles chronology
"Hold My Hand"
(1994)
"Let Her Cry"
(1995)

"Hold My Hand" is the debut single of the American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. All four of the band members (Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim Sonefeld) wrote the song sometime in 1989, and it was released on a self-titled cassette EP the year after. Released in July 1994, "Hold My Hand" charted at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. The song includes a backing vocal from David Crosby.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that the song "has a singalong chorus that epitomizes the band's good-times vibes."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Hold My Hand" peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 70
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 36
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 37
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 50
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 10
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 6
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cracked Rear View (CD insert). Hootie & the Blowfish. Atlantic Records. 1994. 82613. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cracked Rear View review". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Hootie & the Blowfish – Hold My Hand". Top 40 Singles.
  4. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Hootie & the Blowfish. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Hootie & the Blowfish. Retrieved 17 November 2010.