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Hold On (Wilson Phillips song)

"Hold On"
Single by Wilson Phillips
from the album Wilson Phillips
B-side "Over and Over"
Released February 27, 1990 (1990-02-27)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:25 (album version)
3:42 (single version)
Label SBK
Writer(s) Chynna Phillips, Glen Ballard, additional lyrics by Carnie Wilson
Producer(s) Glen Ballard
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Wilson Phillips singles chronology
"Hold On"
"Release Me"
Music sample

"Hold On" is a song recorded by American vocal group Wilson Phillips. It was released in February 1990 as the lead single from their album, Wilson Phillips. The song won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for 1990. At the Grammy Awards of 1991, the song received a nomination for Song of the Year, losing to "From a Distance" by Julie Gold and performed by Bette Midler.[1] Kids Incorporated covered "Hold On" in 1991 in the Season 7 episode "That's What Friends Are For".


  • Track listing 1
  • Chart performance 2
  • Use in media 3
  • References 4

Track listing

US single

  1. "Hold On" (single version) 3:42
  2. "Hold On" (album version) 4:25


  1. "Hold On" (single version) 3:42
  2. "Hold On" (album version) 4:25
  3. "Over and Over" 4:27

Germany Maxi-CD

  1. "Hold On"
  2. "Over and Over"
  3. "A Reason to Believe"

Chart performance

"Hold On" became Wilson Phillips' first number one single, reaching the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 on June 9, 1990 and, despite spending only one week at #1, was ranked the top song of the year by Billboard. (The second and final concurrence of this to date, and first since Stranger on the Shore by 'Mr.' Acker Bilk in 1961) The song also spent a week atop the adult contemporary chart that same year. In addition, "Hold On" peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

Chart (1990-92) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 2
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 1
Canada (RPM) 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 15
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[9] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[10] 1
End of year chart (1990) Position
Australia ARIA chart[11] 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 1

Use in media


  1. ^ "Rock On The Net: 33rd Annual Grammy Awards - 1991". Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ " – Wilson Phillips – Hold On". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ " – Wilson Phillips Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  4. ^ " search results". Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Wilson Phillips search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  6. ^ " – Wilson Phillips – Hold On". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ " – Wilson Phillips – Hold On". Singles Top 60.
  8. ^ " – Wilson Phillips – Hold On". Swiss Singles Chart.
  9. ^ "Chart Stats - Wilson Phillips - Hold On". Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "allmusic - Wilson Phillips - Billboard singles". Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1990". Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  13. ^ "Phillips Drag Spoof, Parodies Fast Food Chain's 'Anti-Gay' Controversy (VIDEO)".  
  14. ^ Bridesmaids (2011)"'". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
Preceded by
"This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" by Rod Stewart with Ronald Isley
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
April 21, 1990
Succeeded by
"Do You Remember?" by Phil Collins
Preceded by
"Vogue" by Madonna
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
June 9, 1990
Succeeded by
"It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette
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