Billboard #1 Hits: #601: ‘Holding Back The Years’- Simply Red. July 12, 1986. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Holding Back The Years’- Simply Red
- Record Company- Elektra
- Genre: Pop Rock
- Written by Mick Hucknall and Neil Moss
- Time: 4:04
- B-side: ‘Drowning In My Own Tears’
- Album-Picture Book
- Grade: A-
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #2 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Ireland.
Simply Red were a British soul and pop band from Manchester, England. The band had 5 Top 40 singles in the US-including another #1- ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ in 1989.
Frontman of the group Mick Hucknall wrote the song when he was 17, while living at his father’s house. In a 2018 interview, Hucknall said the song was inspired by a member of the teaching staff at Manchester School of Art where Hucknall was a fine-art student: the lecturer suggested the greatest paintings are produced when the artist is working in a stream-of-consciousness which Hucknall then tried to apply to songwriting – “Holding Back the Years” was the second song he wrote using this method.