Hold On to the Nights

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Not to be confused with Hold On 'til the Night.
"Hold On to the Nights"
Richard Marx - Hold on to the Nights.jpg
Single by Richard Marx
from the album Richard Marx
Released May 3, 1988 (Debuted on the Hot 100 the week ending May 21)
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 5:14
4:31 (US single edit)
4:23 (Acoustic version)
Label EMI
Writer(s) Richard Marx
Producer(s) Richard Marx, David Cole
Richard Marx singles chronology
"Endless Summer Nights"
"Hold On to the Nights"
This unique ballad is without a rhythm pulse for most of the track. The rhythm finally enters as the song peaks with a dramatic drum fill by session drummer, Tris Imboden.

"Hold On to the Nights" is a power ballad and number-one hit for American rock singer/songwriter/musician Richard Marx.[2] This was the fourth and final single released from his self-titled debut album, and the first to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Written by Richard Marx, "Hold On to the Nights" reached the Billboard Hot 100 number 1 position on July 23, 1988, preventing Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" from reaching the top spot that same week. The song was on the chart for twenty-one weeks, and left the chart at number 65.[3] From Marx' debut 1987 album, Richard Marx, the song also reached number three on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[4] "Hold On to the Nights" has been re-released on numerous albums [2] and is included on Marx's live performance DVD A Night Out with Friends (2012).[5]


Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1 [3]
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3 [4]
Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles 24
UK Singles Chart (1990) 60 [6]


  1. ^ "VH1's 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs". Stereogum. SpinMedia. May 31, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Hold On to the Nights". AllMusic. 1967. Retrieved 23 July 2013. Hold on to the Nights Composed by Richard Marx 
  3. ^ a b "Richard Marx, Charts". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Richard Marx Charts". Hold On to the Nights. AllMusic. 1988. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Overview". A Night Out With Friends. AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Richard Marx". Hold On to the Night. Official Charts Company. 1990. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 01/09/1990 ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS/HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS RICHARD MARX (EMI-USA MT 89) 

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Preceded by
"The Flame" by Cheap Trick
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
July 23, 1988
Succeeded by
"Roll with It" by Steve Winwood