Hangin' Tough (song)

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"Hangin' Tough"
Hangin' Tough single.jpg
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album Hangin' Tough
ReleasedJuly 3, 1989
FormatCD single, 12" vinyl, cassette, 7" vinyl
Recorded1988
GenrePop rock, dance rock
Length3:54 (single remix) 4:18 (album version)
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Maurice Starr
Producer(s)Maurice Starr
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)"
(1989)
"Hangin' Tough"
(1989)
"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)"
(1989)

"Hangin' Tough" is a 1989 single from New Kids on the Block which was released on Columbia Records. It was the fourth single from the group's second album of the same name. The lead vocals were sung by Donnie Wahlberg.

"Hangin' Tough" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart on September 9, 1989, and it topped the UK Singles Chart where it became the first No. 1 single of the 1990s. It was their only No. 1 single in the Republic of Ireland and made the Top 10 in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.[1]

Background[edit]

There are two distinct renditions of the song: the original album version, which includes a keyboard solo; and the remixed version, which is arguably more recognizable and is commonly included on Greatest Hits albums. The remixed version features a guitar solo and heavier instrumentation.

"Hanging Tough" was used in the 1989 film The Wizard as well as on the Regular Show episode "High Score." In 1991 it was used as the entrance theme for the tag team of Tony Williams and Brian Lawler in the Memphis, Tennessee-based United States Wrestling Association. Alvin and the Chipmunks released a cover version in 1991 for their album The Chipmunks Rock the House.[2]

Track listings[edit]

US /UK / Netherlands Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM

  • A Hangin' Tough [7 Remix] 3:51
  • B Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) 4:24

UK Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

  • A Hangin' Tough [Tougher Mix] 3:32
  • B1 Hangin' Tough [LP Version] 4:16
  • B2 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) 4:24

UK Maxi-CD

  1. Hangin' Tough [7 Remix] 3:51
  2. Hangin' Tough [Tougher Mix] 3:32
  3. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) 4:24

UK Vinyl, 12"

  • A1 Hangin' Tough [Tougher Mix] 3:32
  • A2 What'cha Gonna Do (About It) 3:54
  • B1 Hangin' Tough [LP Version] 4:16
  • B2 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) 4:24[3]

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[17] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 509–10. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "The Chipmunks Rock the House". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  3. ^ "New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  4. ^ "New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – New Kids on the Block – Hangin' Tough". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – New Kids on the Block – Hangin' Tough" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6606." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – New Kids on the Block – Hangin' Tough" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Hangin' Tough". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – New Kids on the Block – Hangin' Tough". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – New Kids on the Block – Step by Step". VG-lista. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  12. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "New Kids on the Block Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – New Kids on the Block – Hangin' Tough". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6684." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  17. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  18. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Hangin' Tough – Step by Step". Music Canada. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  19. ^ "American single certifications – New Kids On The Block – Hangin' Tough". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 13 March 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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