Hold My Hand (Hootie & the Blowfish song)

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"Hold My Hand"
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Single by Hootie & the Blowfish
from the album Cracked Rear View
Released July 18, 1994
Format CD single
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 4:15
Label Atlantic
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Don Gehman
Hootie & the Blowfish singles chronology
"Hold My Hand"
(1994)
"Let Her Cry"
(1994)

"Hold My Hand" is the debut single of the American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. All four of the band members (Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim Sonefeld) wrote the song sometime in 1989, and it was released on a self-titled cassette EP the year after. Released in July 1994, "Hold My Hand" charted at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. The song includes a backing vocal from David Crosby.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that the song "has a singalong chorus that epitomizes the band's good-times vibes."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"Hold My Hand" peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.

Chart (1994–1995) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 70
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 36
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 37
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6] 27
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[7] 50
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 10
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 6
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Dan (July 13, 2012). "Toward A Taxonomy of '90s Pop Songs You Kind of Remember". The Riverfront Times. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Cracked Rear View (CD insert). Hootie & the Blowfish. Atlantic Records. 1994. 82613. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cracked Rear View review". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 26 Feb 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Hootie & the Blowfish – Hold My Hand". Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ "Archive Chart: 1995-02-26". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  7. ^ "Official Charts > Hootie & the Blowfish". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Hootie & the Blowfish. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Hootie & the Blowfish. Retrieved 17 November 2010.