There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

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"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
Shawn Mendes - Theres Nothing Holdin Me Back (Official Single Cover).jpeg
Single by Shawn Mendes
from the album Illuminate
Released April 20, 2017 (2017-04-20)
Format Digital download
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:19
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Shawn Mendes singles chronology
"Mercy"
(2016)
"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
(2017)
"In My Blood"
(2018)

"Mercy"
(2016)
"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
(2017)
"In My Blood"
(2018)
Music video
"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" on YouTube

"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Shawn Mendes. Written by Mendes, Teddy Geiger, Geoff Warburton and Scott Harris,[1] and produced by Geiger and Andrew Maury, it was released as a single on April 20, 2017. The song was included in the reissue of his second studio album Illuminate (2016). An accompanying music video was released on June 20, 2017. The single reached the top 10 in several countries, including the US and the UK.

Composition[edit]

"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back'" is a "dance-y" pop rock track.[2] A Billboard editor noted it features some electric guitar and "strained" vocals on the chorus.[3] As the upbeat track progresses, it incorporates handclaps, funky guitar riffs, and foot-tapping bass.[4] The pre-chorus was inspired by early works of Timbaland and Justin Timberlake.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for Billboard, Taylor Weatherby noted "the song's sound falls right in line with the guitar-laced goodness he brought on his sophomore effort, but this time bringing in a little more edge."[3] Allison Bowsher for Much opined the sound "is a return to the earworms that launched Mendes' career back in 2015. Reminiscent of the high energy pop sensibilities of Mendes' "Something Big," today’s new track plays with lifts and falls throughout, allowing Mendes to show off the strength of his voice."[6] In MTV News, Madeline Roth thought the track is "more danceable than anything in his catalog. His voice is gritty and hoarse, especially on the passionate, aggressive hook."[7] TIME chose the song as a contender for one of the songs of the summer, commending the "smart use of both electric guitar and tropical house beat."[8] Billboard considered it the 44th best song of the year,[9] CBC Music named it the 5th.[10]

Live performances[edit]

"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" is featured on the Illuminate World Tour setlist.[5] The singer performed the single on The Graham Norton Show on June 9, 2017,[11] at Capital FM's Summertime Ball 2017 on June 10, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on June 19, at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on August 27,[12] and at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards on 12 November 2017, in which Billboard named his performance the second best of the night.[13][14]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, the song has peaked at number 6, becoming Mendes' third top 10 single on the US Billboard Hot 100. In his native country Canada, the song has reached a peak of 6, becoming his highest charting single in his home country. It has reached top 5 in several other countries such as Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, and the United Kingdom, as well as topping the South Korea charts.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released on June 20, 2017. The clip, filmed in Paris, Amsterdam and the United Kingdom, sees Mendes and his love interest (played by actress Ellie Bamber) exploring Europe while the singer is out on tour. The couple races through transportation hubs, ride trains and trek along the coastline. The video also shows footage from Mendes' concerts.[15]

Usage in media[edit]

The song is heard in the television series The Good Doctor at the closing of Season 1, Episode 4 in a scene set in a bar.[16] It was also the song used by Dancing with the Stars season 25 winners Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold in their first dance, a tango.[17] It can also be heard in national TV ads for Ford Motor Company of Australia.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download (NOTD Remix)[18]
  1. "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" (NOTD remix) – 3:14
  • Digital download (Acoustic)[19]
  1. "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" (Acoustic) – 3:21

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2017 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song Won
MTV Video Music Awards Song of the Summer Nominated
2018 APRA Music Awards International Work of the Year Nominated
BMI Awards Award Winning Songs Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Music Video Nominated
Best Lyrics Nominated
Juno Awards Single of the Year Won
Radio Disney Music Awards Song Of The Year Nominated

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[98] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[99] Diamond 160,000*
Belgium (BEA)[100] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[101] 5× Platinum 400,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[102] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[103] Platinum 150,000*
Germany (BVMI)[104] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[105] 3× Platinum 150,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[106] 2× Platinum 120,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[107] Platinum 30,000*
Portugal (AFP)[108] Gold 10,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[109] Platinum 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[110] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[111] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[112] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
United States April 25, 2017 Contemporary hit radio Original [113]
Worldwide May 12, 2017 Digital download NOTD Remix
  • Island
[18]
France July 6, 2017 Acoustic [19]

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