Hold On (Wilson Phillips song)

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"Hold On"
Wilson Phillips Hold On single cover.jpg
Single by Wilson Phillips
from the album Wilson Phillips
B-side "Over and Over"
Released February 27, 1990 (1990-02-27)
Format 7" single, Cassette, CD
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 4:27 (album version)
3:42 (single version)
Label SBK
Songwriter(s) Chynna Phillips, Glen Ballard, additional lyrics by Carnie Wilson
Producer(s) Glen Ballard
Wilson Phillips singles chronology
"Hold On"
"Release Me"
"Hold On"
"Release Me"
Audio sample

"Hold On" is a song recorded by American vocal group Wilson Phillips. It was released on February 27, 1990 as the lead single from their debut studio album, Wilson Phillips (1990).

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".

The song was featured in the finale of the 2011 film Bridesmaids, performed by the band members as themselves, bringing renewed recognition to the band.[2][3]

Billboard named the song #15 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[4]

Commercial 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. (This was the second and final concurrence of this to date, and the 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.

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 (1990–92) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 2
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 1
Canada (RPM) 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 15
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[12] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[13] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[13] 1
End of year chart (1990) Position
Australia ARIA chart[14] 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 1


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