Hold On Tight (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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"Hold on Tight"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Time
B-side "When Time Stood Still"
Released
  • 17 July 1981 (UK)
  • July 1981 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1981 Musicland Studios, Munich
Genre
Length 3:06
Label Jet
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
  • "Hold on Tight"
  • (1981)
Time track listing

"Hold on Tight" is a song written and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

The song is track twelve on the band's 1981 album Time and was the first song released as a single. The song went top ten in most countries, hitting the top spot in Switzerland, number two in Germany, number four in the UK,[2] and number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as number two on the US Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.[3] It has a verse sung in French, which is a reprise of the first verse of the song.

Music video[edit]

At the time the music video was the most expensive ever made at around £40,000.[4] It was filmed in black-and-white and pays homage to old serial films with ELO playing in the scenes.[5]

Uses in other media[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"Love What's Your Face" by Ingrid Kup
Swiss number-one single
13 September 1981 – 27 September 1981 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton

References[edit]

  1. ^ Electric Light Orchestra – Time at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 April 2008). Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 1981-09-05" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Time – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  4. ^ UK Midlands Central TV News, August 1981
  5. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". ELOVEVO. YouTube. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30 : 12 september 1981" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  10. ^ CHART NUMBER 1289 – Saturday, October 03, 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 November 2006). CHUM. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0392." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  12. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Electric Light Orchestra" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Electric Light Orchestra - Hold On Tight search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". VG-lista. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  19. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (E)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  23. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending OCTOBER 3, 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  24. ^ RECORD WORLD 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 15 July 2004). Record World. Geocities.com. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  25. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1981" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1981" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 35, No. 22, December 26, 1981". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1981" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1981" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1981". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  32. ^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 18 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 5 June 2014.

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