So Wilson Phillips
best their position in the 90s rate here by one with a #12 finish in the girl band rate! I made my thoughts clear about Hold On
then and @DJHazey
wasn’t particularly pleased with me. He should be happy to know however that Hold On
has grown on me since, not by much but the song is certainly worth over a 7 to me now - which it got when I rated this song list. My trouble with it remains that it does not leave much of an impact on me, still a great sentiment but I don’t connect for whatever reason.
When voting first started, Hold On
found itself around the mid-20s finish, which I thought was quite adequate but @ComeOnGloria
came in and bestowed his 11, which took it up close to the top 10 and it never truly fell very far off that from that point on. The many 10s certainly helped it but the low scores from voters who failed to make a strong connection did ground it a fair bit too. All the ingredients are in Hold On
for greatness - solid vocals, great harmonies that work together beautifully, lovely instrumental that build solidly but it just seems void of genuineness and leaves me a little cold.
is certainly a number that schools most of the others on the song list in how to do a successful debut! It made #1 in the US upon release and finished as the best selling single of 1990. Billboard considers it to be #15 of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs Of All Time (they swapped placements with Heatwave
, as you would recall Heatwave
was #12 on that list and finished #15 in this rate grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr). Hold On also got to #2 in Australia & #6 in the UK. Many (myself included) came to know Hold On
due to its pivotal appearance during the climax of Bridesmaids – which also led to a bit of resurgence for Wilson Phillips
is made up of the daughters of some members of The Mamas & The Papas
– Chynna Phillips
is the daughter of John & Michelle Phillips
and Carnie & Wendy Wilson
are Brian Wilson
’s (from the Beach Boys
) daughters (hence the band name). They grew up together and developed their song writing & unique harmonising styles from an early age. The girls first signed with SBK Records
in 1989 and released the debut album in 1990. Hold On
was its first single. The album was incredibly successful, selling over 10 million copies (probably the biggest parent album of any band here, until potentially we get to Spice
) and housing another two #1 singles on the Billboard Charts. At the time, the trio were the best-selling female group. After a second album, Chynna
announced plans to embark on a solo career, which saw the disbandment of Wilson Phillips
for a few years. They have since had two reunions, one in 2004 and another in 2010 for a Christmas album. Stay tuned for more!
Let’s see if PopJustice has very different things to say about Wilson Phillips
since the first 90s rate!
(10) is still as enamoured with the girls here as he was back then
- "Don't you know? Things can change, things'll go your way, if you hoooooooold on" Enough said. Unnameable
– I love their use of harmony and this song is timeless. Ufint
(10) does too! That’s 3 x 10s already!!
- So yeah, I didn’t even hear this until after I’d heard DWV’s “Chick Fil-A” parody around 50 times. It felt weird listening to the original after this, but I mean it’s timeless and just awesome. Besides, it being in “Bridesmaids”, one of the greatest comedies of all time definitely elevates it to a 10.
(2) hasn’t grown to love this anymore since the last time, and may I say, a very controversial opinion will come up #soon!
- No more of this adult contemporary business mmmkay thanks bye. DominoDancing
(6.5) pits the Hold Ons against each other and finds this the winner
- I guess I like this better than En Vogue's Hold On, but it is very, very MOR. UntouchableAce
(3.5) is team #UntouchablePopTarts
- Brides Maids has only made me think of this as a parody.
(8) finds my rate to plateau the same way @Ironheade ’s did (also, check out his amazing write-up for Hold On)
- Eagle eyed among you may notice that this is the same score that I gave this song in the 90's number ones rate. Is it because I'm lazy? If it was, I wouldn't admit to it. I gave it an eight because that's where I think it falls compared to the tens and zeroes in this rate. There's not much that I can really say about this song. The lyrics are good, the harmonies are good, but never anything more. As a package, it all works, but It never feels like it excels in any particular aspect.
Trouble In Paradise
(10) has always loved this one
- I loved this song before Bridesmaids and love it even more now. Filippa
(10) is still out of rate villain persona, that’s about 3 x 10s from her in the last 4 eliminations, let’s forget the zero!
- Harmonies, harmonies, harmonies – yes, still love this song! ComeOnGloria
(11) only has one thing to say about the reason for the 11!
- Those harmonies! Fabulous!!
(8.4) has a refreshing point of reference for this (in the sense I didn’t know it)
- Empowering discovery! Can you believe I only knew this one from Willam & Detox’s Chow Down at Chick-fil-A cover? Kermit_The_Frog
(9) is having similar emotions he did with The Saturdays
- I feel like I should despise this song (too saccharine, too “self-empowerment anthem”, too easy listening). Yet I can’t - it’s THAT good… Carnie Wilson being body-shamed into wearing a trenchcoat while lazing on the beach though? Unacceptable. Zar-Unity
(7) is still cursing these songs with his favourite score
- A well crafted pop song with some touching lyrics. Tech: 4 Taste: 3 = 7 points