Hangin' Tough

Album: Hangin' Tough (1989)
Charted: 1 1


  • The New Kid's producer and writer Maurice Starr wrote this song with the tough time the boy band had getting things off the ground in mind. He recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "We needed a song that symbolized what we had been through, so I came up with this title, Hangin Tough."
  • This flopped in the UK when it was first released and only reached the top after being re-released the following year in lieu of the success of "You Got It (The Right Stuff)."
  • Donnie Wahlberg, who sings lead on the track, says this was written with the Boston Celtics in mind. "We literally set out to do a song that could be a theme song for the Celtics. That was the idea: blatantly trying to sound like Queen's 'We Will Rock You.'"

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  • Bryan from Spring, TxThis song brings back childhood memories.
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