Breathe were that rarity, a British pop group who had more success on the American singles charts (five Top 40 hits) than back home (just the one). This was their sole UK Top 40 hit. The ballad was kept from the Billboard Hot 100 summit by another Brit, Steve Winwood's "Roll With It
," which just wouldn't roll over and let "Hands" through. One consolation for the Breathe boys was that the song ranked inside Billboard's 1988 Year-End Top Ten at #9.