Hold On (Wilson Phillips song)

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"Hold On"
Single by Wilson Phillips
from the album Wilson Phillips
B-side "Over and Over"
Released February 27, 1990 (1990-02-27)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:25 (album version)
3:42 (single version)
Label SBK
Writer(s) Chynna Phillips, Glen Ballard, additional lyrics by Carnie Wilson
Producer(s) Glen Ballard
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Wilson Phillips singles chronology
"Hold On"
"Release Me"
Music sample

"Hold On" is a song recorded by American vocal group Wilson Phillips. It was released in February 1990 as the lead single from their album, Wilson Phillips. The song won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for 1990. At the Grammy Awards of 1991, the song received a nomination for Song of the Year, losing to "From a Distance" by Julie Gold and performed by Bette Midler.[1] Kids Incorporated covered "Hold On" in 1991 in the Season 7 episode "That's What Friends Are For".

Track listing[edit]

US single

  1. "Hold On" (single version) 3:42
  2. "Hold On" (album version) 4:25


  1. "Hold On" (single version) 3:42
  2. "Hold On" (album version) 4:25
  3. "Over and Over" 4:27

Germany Maxi-CD

  1. "Hold On"
  2. "Over and Over"
  3. "A Reason to Believe"

Chart performance[edit]

"Hold On" became Wilson Phillips' first number one single, reaching the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 on June 9, 1990 and, despite spending only one week at #1, was ranked the top song of the year by Billboard. (The second and final concurrence of this to date, and first since Stranger on the Shore by 'Mr.' Acker Bilk in 1961) The song also spent a week atop the adult contemporary chart that same year. In addition, "Hold On" peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

Chart (1990-92) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 2
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 1
Canada (RPM) 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 15
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[9] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[10] 1
End of year chart (1990) Position
Australia ARIA chart[11] 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 1

Use in media[edit]


Preceded by
"This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" by Rod Stewart with Ronald Isley
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
April 21, 1990
Succeeded by
"Do You Remember?" by Phil Collins
Preceded by
"Vogue" by Madonna
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
June 9, 1990
Succeeded by
"It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette