You Used to Hold Me

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"You Used to Hold Me"
Single by Calvin Harris
from the album Ready for the Weekend
Released 8 February 2010
Format CD single, digital download, vinyl
Recorded 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland
Length 3:39
Label Fly Eye, Columbia, Sony
Writer(s) Calvin Harris
Producer(s) Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris singles chronology
"You Used to Hold Me"

"You Used to Hold Me" is a 2010 single release from Scottish Electronic musician Calvin Harris taken from his second studio album Ready for the Weekend. The song was released on 8 February 2010.[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

To Promote "You Used to Hold Me", Harris sang the song on 4Music along with other songs from his new album Ready for the Weekend. He also performed the song on The Big Day Out and features on his set list of his current tour.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "You Used to Hold Me"   3:49
2. "You Used to Hold Me" (Laidback Luke Remix) 7:00

Critical reception[edit]

The BBC commented on the song:-

This is a song which will probably not be the sole reason people rush out to buy 'The Greatest Hits Of Calvin Harris', whenever such a thing appears. It might not even figure in the Top 10 of reasons to rush out and buy 'The Greatest Hits Of Calvin Harris', for all that it has earned the right to be on there in the first place. In fact, it possibly isn't even among the Top 5 of reasons to rush out and buy Calvin's current album 'Ready For The Weekend', from which it is taken. And that's assuming that people still rush out to buy albums, which apparently they do not.

What it is, however, is another of Calvin's hook-heavy dance concoctions which manage to sound light and frothy, and dark and heavy at one and the same time. It has a deceptively short list of ingredients: a mournful one-finger synth refrain; some sneezy drums; some booming drums; flatulent bass; a melody line for the verse and another for the chorus. Oh, and a bit in the chorus which sounds like Calvin singing "beep beep beep", even though he is not. He sounds utterly dedicated to the emotional truth of his words at that point, as if he really needs to get across just how sad he is, that the person who used to hold him no longer wishes to. "Beep," he wails "beep beep".

And which of us, hand on heart, can truly say that we've never been there, never felt what he has felt, never wanted to point that accusing finger, never died inside a thousand times because they just could get the words out? Exactly. He's not just beeping for himself, he's beeping for ALL OF US3/5 stars.[2]

Music video[edit]

The Music Video for You Used To Hold Me was shot in November 2009. The video shows Harris driving around in a monster truck and girls dancing in front of a wall while Harris sings the song while in the truck.

Chart performance[edit]

On 29 January 2010, "You Used To Hold Me" first entered the Irish Singles Chart at #45. The following week, on 5 February 2010, the single climbed to a new peak of #37. The single first entered the UK Singles Chart on 31 January 2010, at #47. On 7 February 2010, it rose to #38. That same week, the single also entered the UK Dance Chart, reaching a current peak of #4.

Chart (2010) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 57
Ireland (IRMA) 30
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6][7] 27
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[8] 4


  1. ^ "live it". hmv. 2005-12-15. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  2. ^ Fraser McAlpine (2010-01-29). "Chart Blog: Calvin Harris - 'You Used To Hold Me'". BBC. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Calvin Harris - You Used To Hold Me - Music Charts". Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Pandora Archive". 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  5. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  6. ^ "Radio 1 - Chart - The Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart". BBC. 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ "UK Singles Top 75 - Music Charts". 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  8. ^ "Radio 1 - Chart - UK Top 40 Dance Singles". BBC. 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 

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