Song Review: Wilson Phillips – “Hold On”

“Hold On” was released as the lead-off single from Wilson Phillips’ 1990 self-titled album. The single was released on February 27, 1990, and it peaked number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Wilson Phillips was made up of three women who had famous singers from the 1960s as their parents: Wendy and Carnie Wilson (the daughters of Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys) and Chynna Phillips (the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips from The Mamas & The Papas).

I was 14 years old and in the ninth grade when this single was released. The first time I heard this song, I fell in love with it instantly. I think it was ultimately a combination of their three-part harmonies, the musical arrangement, and the positive message of the song that grabbed me at first listen. I still love this song 25 years later, and the song has really stood the test of time.

The music video sees the girls lip-synching the song while they’re in the mountains, hanging out on the beach, and while walking down a boardwalk. It sounds rather simple on the surface, but the cinematography for this video actually looks rather breathtaking, especially the shots in the mountains. To be honest, though, a song like “Hold On” needs a simpler video. The breathtaking cinematography is a bonus.


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