Hold On (Sarah McLachlan song)

"Hold On" is a song written and recorded by Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan. It was released in February 1994 as the second single from her album, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993). In 2008, "Hold On" was included on McLachlan's greatest hits compilation, Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan.

"Hold On"
Single by Sarah McLachlan
from the album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
ReleasedFebruary 1994 (1994-02)
Songwriter(s)Sarah McLachlan
Producer(s)Pierre Marchand
Sarah McLachlan singles chronology
"Hold On"
"Good Enough"
Music video
"Hold On" on YouTube

McLachlan was inspired to write "Hold On" after watching a Canadian documentary titled A Promise Kept.[1] Speaking to the Huffington Post in 2014, she said: "I saw a documentary on a woman whose husband contracted the HIV virus and it was a great and tragic love story. She took care of him up until he died and her passion, empathy and strength was inspirational."[2]

Track listing

  • Canadian CD single[3]
  1. "Hold On" – 4:06
  2. "Hold On II" – 3:39
  3. "Mary" (Early Demo) – 3:57
  • US promotional single[4]
  1. "Hold On" (New Version) – 3:56
  2. "Hold On" (Live Version) – 4:10
  • Other versions
  1. "Hold On" (Freedom Sessions) – 6:43, taken from The Freedom Sessions (1994)
  2. "Hold On" (Live) – 5:18, taken from Mirrorball (1999)
  3. "Hold On" (BT Mix) – 7:44, taken from Remixed (2001)
  4. "Hold On" (Live) – 5:53, taken from Afterglow Live (2004)

Commercial performance

"Hold On" debuted on the RPM Canadian Singles Chart in February 1994 and peaked at number 59 in April 1994.[5] It also entered the US Alternative Songs Chart in January 1995 and reached number 29 the next month.[6]


Chart (1994–95) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 59
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[6] 29