Hold On Tight (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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"Hold On Tight"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Time
B-side "When Time Stood Still"
Released
  • 17 July 1981 (UK)
  • July 1981 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1981 Musicland Studios, Munich
Genre
Length 3:06
Label Jet
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Don't Walk Away"
(1980)
"Hold On Tight"
(1981)
"Twilight"
(1981)
Time track listing
Music video
"Hold On Tight" on YouTube

"Hold On Tight" is a song written and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

The song is track twelve on the band's 1981 album Time and was the first song released as a single. The song went top ten in most countries, hitting the top spot in Spain and Switzerland, number two in Germany, number four in the UK,[2] and number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as number two on the US Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.[3] It has a verse sung in French, which is a reprise of the first verse of the song.

Music video[edit]

At the time, the song's music video was the most expensive ever made, with a budget of approximately £40,000.[4] The mostly black and white video features footage of ELO playing the song in a lounge, intercut with scenes in the style of 1940s serial films featuring the band members.[5]

Uses in other media[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"Love What's Your Face" by Ingrid Kup
Swiss number-one single
13 September 1981 – 27 September 1981 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton

References[edit]

  1. ^ Electric Light Orchestra – Time at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 April 2008). Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 1981-09-05" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Time – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  4. ^ UK Midlands Central TV News, August 1981
  5. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". ELOVEVO. YouTube. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30 : 12 september 1981" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  10. ^ CHART NUMBER 1289 – Saturday, October 03, 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 November 2006). CHUM. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0392." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  12. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Electric Light Orchestra" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Electric Light Orchestra - Hold On Tight search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". VG-lista. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  19. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (E)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  23. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending OCTOBER 3, 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  24. ^ RECORD WORLD 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 15 July 2004). Record World. Geocities.com. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  25. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1981" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1981" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 35, No. 22, December 26, 1981". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1981" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "End of Year Charts 1981". Recorded Music New Zealand. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  31. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1981" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1981". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  33. ^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 18 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 5 June 2014.

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