Solid (song)

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"Solid"
Single by Ashford & Simpson
from the album Solid
B-side "Solid (Dub version)"
Released November 9, 1984
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 5:12 (album version)
3:46 (single version)
3:21 (radio edit)
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
Producer(s) Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
Ashford & Simpson singles chronology
"I'm Not That Tough"
(1984)
"Solid"
(1984)
"Babies"
(1985)
"I'm Not That Tough"
(1984)
"Solid"
(1984)
"Babies"
(1985)

"Solid" is a hit single recorded by the husband-and-wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson. It was featured on the 1984 album Solid, and released as a single in November of that year.

It was written by the two and follows a similar template of most of their hits for other artists, except with a slight 1980s inflection to the music. In the lyrics, the narrators of the song celebrate the fact that, through all the difficulties and problems their relationship has faced, they made their love stronger by learning how to forgive and trust each other, and their love for one another remains "solid as a rock".

In 2009, Ashford & Simpson remade the song in honor of President Barack Obama, calling it "Solid (As Barack)".[1]

Music video[edit]

The video is set on a rainy afternoon in a park. Valerie Simpson exits a taxi in a park on a cloudy day, and escapes from a sudden downpour underneath a bridge. As she sings the opening of the song a cappella, she's joined by Nick Ashford, who joins in. As the video progresses, they're joined by others, including a cyclist in yellow spandex, a gang who just want to sing, and several bongo players, also trying to escape the downpour.[2]

Filming location[edit]

The video is shot in New York City in Central Park at the Willowdell Arch (40°46′12″N 73°58′16.4″W / 40.77000°N 73.971222°W / 40.77000; -73.971222).

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984/85) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 21
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 12

In other media[edit]

The song was featured during the closing credits of the 208th episode of Santa Barbara from 20 May 1985.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner
New Zealand Singles Chart
15 March 1985 – 22 March 1985
Succeeded by
"Shout" by Tears for Fears