Holding On (Steve Winwood song)

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"Holding On"
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Roll with It
Released 1988
Genre R&B, blue-eyed soul, Rock
Label Island - IS 288
Writer(s) Steve Winwood
Will Jennings
Producer(s) Russ Titelman
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"Roll with It" (1988) "Holding On" (1988) "Hearts on Fire" (1988)

"Holding On" is a 1988 single by Steve Winwood from the album Roll with It.[1] The song was written by Winwood along with Will Jennings. "Holding On" was the last of four number ones for Winwood on the Adult Contemporary chart. The single went to number one for two weeks and peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video (directed by David Fincher) opens with an unidentified photographer taking out camera equipment. The rest of the video is shown in motion, with flashes indicating candid snapshots of various people from different walks of life: people walking on the street, patrons of a diner, women in formal dress, a dinner suggesting an underworld boss and his girlfriend (although they pose for the camera, others cover their faces or move to leave the table), a soldier just home from the war (presumed to be World War II) embracing his son, and an elderly couple in high spirits on a park bench.

Interspersed with these images are occasional scenes of Winwood playing solitaire in his room, then going out for a walk, having his shoes shined, having coffee at a diner, then finally returning to his room and lying on his bed as the sun shines through his window.


  1. ^ Pond, Steve (1988-08-11). "Roll with It". Rolling Stone. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 262. 
Preceded by
"As Long as You Follow" by Fleetwood Mac
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
February 4 – 11, 1989
Succeeded by
"When I'm with You" by Sheriff

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