Holdin' Heaven

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"Holdin' Heaven"
Single by Tracy Byrd
from the album Tracy Byrd
B-side"Edge of a Memory"[1]
ReleasedMay 18, 1993[2]
FormatCD Single
Songwriter(s)Bill Kenner
Thom McHugh
Producer(s)Tony Brown
Tracy Byrd singles chronology
"Someone to Give My Love To"
"Holdin' Heaven"
"Why Don't That Telephone Ring"

"Holdin' Heaven" is a song written by Bill Kenner and Thom McHugh, and recorded by American country music artist Tracy Byrd that reached the top of the Billboard, giving Byrd his first Number One single. It was released in May 1993 as the third single from his self-titled debut album.

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song by calling it "a brassy, hard-driving rhythm and a tale of monumentally lucking out."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video takes place at a Wild West Rodeo. It was directed by Gerry Wenner.

Chart performance[edit]

This song debuted at number 72 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated June 19, 1993. It climbed to Number One in September 1993, holding the top spot for one week. In addition, this was Tracy's first Billboard Number One, and his only Number One single until mid-2002, when he topped the charts again with "Ten Rounds with José Cuervo".[1]


Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 66
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 16


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 73. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/byrd_tracy/611324/album.jhtml
  3. ^ Billboard, June 12, 1993
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2268." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 16, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Tracy Byrd Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.

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