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82 Songs With Hold in the Title

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Whether you're holding hands, holding back, holding out, holding on, or holding your own, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs with hold in the title.

Whether you're holding hands, holding back, holding out, holding on, or holding your own, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs with hold in the title.

Don’t Hold Back

Holding hands can telegraph warmth and caring when words falter. Interlaced fingers or a gentle squeeze of the palm are their own brand of comfort, reassurance, and understanding. Sometimes it is enough to simply be present, reach out to another person (especially if they are hurting), and let them know that you care.

Whether you're holding hands, holding back, holding out, holding on, or holding your own, there are so many uses of the word hold in popular music. Explore them all and make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs with hold in the title.

1. "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler

With her penchant for drama and awesome pipes, Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler laments the lack of a good man in her life. Holding out for a hero, she refuses to settle for anything less than what she deserves, as described in this 1984 rock anthem from the Footloose soundtrack.

The man she is looking for must be strong, confident, larger than life, and fresh from the fight, and she needs him pronto. Although she's holding out, don't make her wait too long.

2. "Hold My Hand" by Lady Gaga

None of us walks this world alone. From the soundtrack to the major motion picture Top Gun: Maverick, this 2022 power ballad features a strong female narrator who provides support and comfort to her partner who is going through a difficult time.

The woman encourages her lover not to give up and offers up her hand in a show of support and love. She demonstrates that she is in it for the long haul. Each of us could use a hand to hold to ease our burdens.

3. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles

Expressing a gush of aww-golly emotion, the fella in this 1963 rock song with exceedingly simple lyrics describes his hyped-up attraction for his crush, as touching her makes him "feel happy inside." Then he requests 13 times to hold her hand. (A little over the top, if you ask me, but hey.)

The song was the first American number-one hit for the Beatles, marking Beatlemania and the British Invasion. In addition, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was recognized by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, and it was lauded with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

4. "Hold On" by Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber freely acknowledges that he has made his share of mistakes, including an infamous DUI arrest and drag racing incident; spitting on fans from a balcony; and visiting the Anne Frank house where he wrote in the guestbook that the Holocaust teen would have been a "Belieber." Surely, these cringeworthy incidents were not his best moments.

We have all done things we sincerely regret, am I right? In this 2021 synthpop tune, the song's protagonist empathizes with his friend for their missteps in life, identifying with them for losing their way. Encouraging them to hold on, he reassures his friend that it's okay to make mistakes. He offers to be there 24/7 to provide any support necessary.

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5. "Hold My Hand" by Hootie & the Blowfish

This 1994 rock tune is a low-key, laid back love song. Rather than shouting his devotion from the mountaintop, the narrator extends his hand to his partner so that they may run through life together. He doesn't aim to change the world but instead simply claims, "I wanna love you the best that . . . the best that I can."

Hootie & the Blowfish went on hiatus in 2008, but in 2019, the Grammy Award-winning group reunited for a tour and new music. In the intervening years, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Darius Rucker became a prominent country musician. Most notably, in 2009, Rucker became the first Black artist to receive the Country Music Association's New Artist Award.

6. "Help Me Hold On" by Travis Tritt

Remember all of those warning signs and complaints to pick up dirty underwear on the floor and stop ogling other women? The guy in this angst-filled 1990 country track either missed them or wasn't listening. Now, however, he's all ears and begs his sweetheart to help him hold on to what they used to have because it's worth saving.

He has probably waited too late to get right with his significant other. As she now packs her suitcase to leave, he beseeches her to stop and talk this thing over.

He can't believe their love affair actually might be over and is willing to do anything to make her stay. Is it worth a discussion, or should she keep packing?

7. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" by The Miracles

In the 1960s, toxic love was airbrushed, painted bittersweet. This 1962 soul number, for example, features a man whose love interest treats him poorly and does him wrong, but rather than leave he stays for more of the bad stuff. His girl has a hold on him like a magnet pulling him her way.

Although he says he doesn't like her or want to kiss her, he claims to need her and love her "madly." Unfortunately, this can only end badly. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" is both a Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner and one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

8. "Hold On" by Adele

Adele sings of a battle with herself after the divorce with her husband in this deeply personal 2021 gospel-inspired ballad. During her most difficult emotional times, friends encouraged her to just hold on.

The song includes self-encouragement to keep moving forward during what troubles the singer so that she may ultimately persevere:

Let time be patient, let pain be gracious
Just hold on.

9. "Hold On Loosely" by .38 Special

When you find the love of your life, the natural inclination may be to behave possessively. However, the narrator in this upbeat 1981 rock ditty urges resistance of that impulse. Years ago, an ex-girlfriend advised this guy to

Just hold on loosely
But don't let go
If you cling too tightly
You're gonna lose control.

Being overprotective or hovering will not achieve the desired end. For better results, trust and believe in one another.

10. "Holding Her and Loving You" by Earl Thomas Conley

The conflicted man in this 1983 country tune is in despair because he knows that it is surely possible to be in love with two people at the same time. While officially committed to one woman, his heart belongs to another and circumstance is forcing him to choose one.

He and his wife share years of history together and she's given him no reason to leave, particularly since she's been such a good partner to him through the difficult times. However, there's another woman he thinks of when he's holding his wife, someone he loves more.

Something has happened in this love triangle to force the issue. After confessing his infidelity to his wife, this song finds him in anguish as he leaves his mistress. He's staying with his wife out of both love and duty.

11. "Hold On" by Chord Overstreet

The narrator of this sorrowful country-tinged song from 2017 finds a loved one on the bathroom floor close to death. Imploring her to hold on to life, he paints a picture of unconditional acceptance, no matter how broken and imperfect they are.

As he waits at the hospital to see whether they'll pull through the suicide attempt, he attempts to bargain with fate. The narrator desperately wants to make this right, but it's not possible.

12. "Hold On to Me" by Lauren Daigle

In this 2021 contemporary Christian single, the narrator asks God to hold on to her when life is at its bleakest and provide her with comfort and security when most needed. We can all identify with feeling vulnerable, unworthy, lost, angry, overwhelmed, at the end of one's rope. Such difficult times are when the narrator particularly needs to feel the respite and sweet relief that God's love offers. As she holds on to God, God is also holding on to her.

13. "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips

Chynna Phillips' experience with drug and alcohol addiction, plus the "one day at a time" principles of Alcoholics Anonymous inspired the lyrics of "Hold On." The 1990 chart-topping pop song about perseverance through difficult times points out the protagonist's personal accountability in getting themselves into their current problem situation.

Sage advice is offered up with compassion: "No one can change your life except for you." No matter how lost the protagonist may feel now, hope exists on the horizon if they can just continue to hold on. When they finally decide to make a change, life will start to go their way.

Wilson Phillips is a trio that consists of the daughters of notable musicians. Carnie and Wendy Wilson are the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. Their childhood friend and bandmate, Chynna Phillips, is the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas.

14. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" by Mel Carter

Uh oh! When it comes to falling in love, someone is moving way too fast!

Feeling the rush of newfound love, the fella in this 1965 soul hit has already brushed aside friends' well-intentioned advice to take this new romance slow. (What do others know anyway?) Engulfed in his feelings for his new lady friend, the young man earnestly pleads with his love interest to hold him forever and never let him go.

15. "Hold Me Now" by Thompson Twins

People often hold on too long to an unsalvagable relationship, even when it is dragging both partners down. The long-term love affair at the center of this 1983 new wave number has almost run its course.

The couple in the song have known much better times and have been arguing yet again:

But look at our life now, all tattered and torn
We fuss and we fight and delight in the tears that we cry until dawn.

During a pause in their noisy discord, the man asks his partner to just hold him, warm his weary heart, and let loving start.

16. "Hold My Beer" by Trace Adkins

This comical 2010 country ditty depicts a redneck wedding and was inspired by singer Trace Adkins' own experience of having a drunk preacher at his second wedding in Tahoe. (The country star has been married four times.) Not only during the reception but also during the ceremony beer plays a prominent role in this song as the couple ties the knot.

Several of the hammered wedding participants take turns with this refrain:

Hold my beer
This won't take long
And I want it back
And I don't want it gone.
I trust you, buddy.
Here, hold my beer.

17. "Hold Each Other" by A Great Big World (Featuring Futuristic)

You don't hear too many songs involving a man gushing about their romantic love for another man. Although this tender love song from 2015 began like many others (i.e., heterosexual), it morphed into a coming out song for Chad King of the duo A Great Big World.

In the name of authenticity, King modified the song's pronouns about holding a female partner to "him" and "he" to reflect his sexual identity:

Something happens when I hold him
He keeps my heart from getting broken
When the days get short
and the nights get a little bit
We hold each other.

As a result, the track features both singing buddy Ian Axel detailing his deep affection for his girlfriend while King proclaims his love for his male partner. Both of them sing their truth.

18. "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" by Shawn Mendes

Forgetting all inhibitions, the guy in this danceable, worldwide pop hit from 2017 is mesmerized by his love interest. "There's nothing holdin' me back," he confesses to the vixen who has captivated his attention. He is dizzy with an edgy attraction, having let himself follow his partner mentally wherever she leads him.

19. "Baby Hold On" by Eddie Money

When Eddie Money released this hit rock song in 1977, he was a struggling young working class musician who was trying to convince his sorority girlfriend to believe in him and stay with him against the urges of her mother:

Baby hold on to me
Whatever will be, will be
The future is ours to see
So baby hold on to me.

The protagonist's sweetheart has been making statements behind his back about wanting a better life, so he promises her that if she holds on to him they will go places together.

20. "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake (Featuring Majid Jordan)

Love entails unconditionally accepting who a person is, as well as helping them to envision what they might become. A lovestricken man identifies "the one" for him in this old-styled 2013 R&B tune.

The narrator would do anything for the woman he believes in. Being with her feels like the comfort of home, and he senses the need to repeatedly reassure his sweetheart that she is a "good girl." Rihanna is rumored to be the inspiration for this song. Friendzoned Drake fell hard for the Barbadian singer whom he referred to as his "ultimate fantasy."

"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go." - Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss writer

"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go." - Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss writer

Even More Songs with Hold in the Title

SongArtistYear Released

21. Hold On My Heart



22. Hold On to the Nights

Richard Marx


23. Hold Me

Fleetwood Mac


24. Hold the Line

Avicii (Featuring Arizona)


25. Hold My Hand

Sean Paul


26. If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me

The Bellamy Brothers


27. Hold On

En Vogue


28. Hold On Tight

Electric Light Orchestra


29. Hold On to Me

John Michael Montgomery


30. Hold My Hand

Jess Glynne


31. Hold On

Alabama Shakes


32. Hold the Line



33. Something's Got a Hold on Me

Etta James


34. Hold Me Tight

Johnny Nash


35. Hold My Heart

Lindsey Stirling (Featuring ZZ Ward)


36. Baby Can I Hold You

Tracy Chapman


37. Hand to Hold on To

Britney Spears


38. Hold Me While You Wait

Lewis Capaldi


39. Hold Back the Night

The Trammps


40. Hold On

Jonas Brothers


41. Hand to Hold on To

John Mellencamp


42. I Won't Hold You Back



43. Hold You Down

Jennifer Lopez


44. Hold My Hand

Michael Jackson and Akon


45. Hold On



46. Hold No Grudge



47. Hold On to the Memories



48. Hold On (A Little Longer)

Steve Wariner


49. Hold Up



50. Hold Your Head Up

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


51. I Can't Hold Back



52. Hold On

Tom Waits


53. Holding on to You

Twenty One Pilots


54. Hold Me

Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston


55. Hold Us Together



56. Holdin' My Own

Eric Church


57. Hold Me Down



58. Holding Things Together

Merle Haggard


59. Hold Me

Savage Garden


60. Hold Out Your Hand

Brandi Carlisle


61. Holding the Other

Lauren Alaina


62. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me



63. Hold You High

Smash Mouth


64. Hold You, Kiss You, Love You

Toby Keith


65. Hold Back the Rain

Duran Duran


66. Holding You

Gretchen Wilson


67. Holdin' On

Rascal Flatts


68. Hold Your Horses

Terri Clark


69. Hold Whatcha Got

Nitty Gritty Dirty Band


70. Holding Up the Sky

Mary Chapin Carpenter


71. Hold That Thought

Ben Folds


72. Hold On

James Arthur


73. Holdin' Out for Love



74. Hold On Longer

John Legend


75. Hold Tight

Justin Bieber


76. Hold On

Colbie Callait


77. Holding Out

Andy Grammer


78. Hold No Guns

Death Cab for a Cutie


79. Holding On for Life

Ellie Goulding


80. Holdin' on to Yesterday



81. Hold Her



82. Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You

Dolly Parton


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