Hold On Tight (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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"Hold On Tight"
Hold On Tight.jpg
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 at Musicland Studios, Munich
Genre Rock and roll[1]
Length 3:06
Label Jet
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Don't Walk Away"
(1980)
"Hold On Tight"
(1981)
"Twilight"
(1981)
"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 Tracks chart the week of 12 September 1981.[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][better source needed] 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, including violinist Mik Kaminski, who was no longer a band member nor had actually played on this song, playing a guitar.

Uses in other media[edit]

It was the theme song for the National Coffee Association's "Join the Coffee Achievers" television commercials which ran in 1983 and 1984.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra – Time". Archived from the original on 17 April 2008. . Rolling Stone.
  2. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Rock Albums & Top Tracks". Billboard. 12 September 1981. p. 30. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ UK Midlands Central TV News, August 1981
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1983/09/02/business/advertisingn-r-kleinfield-campaign-seeks-lift-for-coffee.html (September 2, 1983). "Advertising N. R. Kleinfield Campaign Seeks Lift for Coffee". The New York Times. 
  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. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0392." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Le Détail par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Electric Light Orchestra" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Hold On Tight". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Electric Light Orchestra - Hold On Tight search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". VG-lista. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  17. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (E)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. 3 October 1981. p. 68. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  22. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending October 3, 1981". Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. . Cash Box magazine.
  23. ^ "Record World Singles" (PDF). Record World. 26 September 1981. p. 23. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  24. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1981" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1981" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 1981". RPM. Vol. 35 no. 22. 26 December 1981. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  28. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1981" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "End of Year Charts 1981". Recorded Music New Zealand. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  30. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1981" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1981". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1981". Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. . Cash Box magazine.

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