Hold Your Head Up

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"Hold Your Head Up"
Hold Your Head Up - Argent.jpg
Single by Argent
from the album All Together Now
B-side"Closer to Heaven"
ReleasedJanuary 1972
Format7-inch single
GenreHard rock, progressive rock
  • 6:15 (album version)
  • 3:15 (single edit)
  • 2:52 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Rod Argent, Chris White
Producer(s)Rod Argent, Chris White
Argent singles chronology
"Sweet Mary"
"Hold Your Head Up"

"Hold Your Head Up" is a song by the English rock band Argent, released as a single in 1972. The song was a Top 5 hit in both the US and UK, peaking at No. 5 in both countries. Billboard ranked it as the No. 50 song for 1972. The song appeared on the third Argent album All Together Now (1972). The album version is 6:15 while the single version is 3:15. The DJ edit has a run-time of 2:53.[citation needed]

Background and composition[edit]

The song was written by Chris White[1] and credited to the songwriting partnership of White and Rod Argent.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

The song was warmly received by music critics.[citation needed] The Hammond B3 solo on the track was cited by Rick Wakeman as the greatest organ solo ever.[3] The track has remained a staple on AOR-format radio stations for decades after its release.

Chart history[edit]

Other versions[edit]

  • Marc Tanner Band covered the song in 1980 on their album, Temptation.[11]
  • Steppenwolf covered "Hold Your Head Up" on their 1982 album Wolftracks.[12]
  • The Party Boys released a cover in 1987.
  • Phish has covered "Hold Your Head Up" at least 524 times in live performances between 1987 and 2018.[13] The band has never played the song in its entirety, and instead performs a brief version of its instrumental verse melody to introduce humorous cover songs sung by drummer and band namesake Jon Fishman.[14]
  • Uriah Heep also covered the song on their 1989 album Raging Silence.[15]
  • Mother Love Bone also released a cover of this song in 1989 as a non-album single.
  • Jellyfish covered the song in live performances during their first album tour in 1990.
  • Fish performed a version of the song on his 1993 covers album Songs from the Mirror.[16]
  • Lana Lane released a version on the 2003 album, Covers Collection.
  • Mr. Big covered the song during their 2009 reunion tour and is available on Back to Budokan live DVD and CD;[17] a studio version was also recorded as a bonus on the CD version.
  • The Zombies performed the song in 2013 at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in Austin, Texas, introduced as "Hold Your Head Up, Woman".[18]
  • Glass Hammer released a version on their 2017 compilation of studio outtakes and live recordings, Untold Tales.


  1. ^ [https://www.songfacts.com/facts/argent/hold-your-head-up "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent at SongFacts.com]
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "All Together Now review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  3. ^ "Ron Galloway: Interview With the Zombie - Rod Argent On Gershwin, Bill Evans, Miles Davis & The Penny Lane Piano". Huffingtonpost.com. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1972-09-16. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Hold Your Head Up". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  7. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  8. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, September 2, 1972". Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "Musicoutfitters.com". Archived from the original on 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  10. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 30, 1972". Archived from the original on September 28, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "Temptation". Allmusic.
  12. ^ "Wolftracks Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  13. ^ "Phish.net Song Histories". Phish.net. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  14. ^ "Hold Your Head Up History - Phish.net". phish.net. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  15. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Raging Silence review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  16. ^ "Official Fish site: Discography and lyrics - studio albums". Fish-thecompany.com. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  17. ^ "Back to Budokan review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  18. ^ Argent, Rod. "The Zombies - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)". YouTube. YouTube/KEXP. pp. comments start at 21:00. Retrieved 2014-04-13.