Hold On (Santana song)

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"Hold On"
Single by Santana
from the album Shangó
B-side Oxun (Oshun)
Released August 1982
Genre Rock
Length 4:33
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ian Thomas
Santana singles chronology
"The Sensitive Kind"
"Hold On"
"Nowhere to Run"

"Hold On" is a song written and first recorded by the Canadian singer and songwriter Ian Thomas, on his 1981 album The Runner.

In 1982 the Latin rock band Santana, featuring lead vocalist Alex Ligertwood, covered the song for their album Shangó. It is the second track on the album and was released as the album's first single. The song reached number 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it Santana's ninth most successful US hit. It also peaked at number 17 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart. On the Cashbox chart, it reached number nine.

In Canada, "Hold On" peaked at number four for two weeks, becoming their greatest Canadian hit to that date.

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