Hold On

Album: Wilson Phillips (1990)
Charted: 6 1
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  • Wilson Phillips is a trio of singers from prominent musical families. Chynna Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas, while Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson are the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and Marilyn Rovell of The Honeys. This song was their breakout hit, and it was a huge one, peaking at #1 on June 9, 1990 (25 years earlier, "Help Me, Rhonda" by The Beach Boys was in its second week at #1). Their next single, "Release Me," also went to #1, as did another song from their debut, "You're In Love."
  • It is a "suck it up and carry on" song addressed to a woman who is having romantic troubles, many (though not all) of her own fault. There's some tough love in there ("No one can change your life except for you"), but also plenty of compassion "Things'll go your way if you hold on for one more day"). >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Glen Ballard wrote this song with the trio and also produced the album. Ballard also worked on Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and Dave Matthews Band's Everyday.
  • This song plays a big role in the 2011 film Bridesmaids, where Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph's characters fondly remember the song from their teen years. At the end of the movie, Wilson Phillips shows up to perform the song at the wedding.
  • This song is the basis of an ad for Progressive insurance where Carnie Wilson calls in a claim after a tree falls on her car. She is asked by an automated voice to "hold on." The company spokeswoman, Flo, appears and quotes the song: "I know there's pain. Why do you lock yourself up in these chains?"

    She then explains how things would be so much better if Carnie had Progressive, and says, "Someday, somebody's gonna want to make you turn around and say goodbye."
  • This was prominently featured on TV series Chuck as the favorite song of the smarmy Buy More manager Emmett Milbarge, particularly in the Season 3 premiere "Chuck Versus the Pink Slip."
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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyTwelve completely different records titled "Hold On" have made Billboard's Top 100. Besides Wilson Phillips No. 1 version, the next two most successful were EnVogue's, which peaked at No. 2 in 1990 and Santana's, whick reached No. 15 in 1982!!!
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