Simply Red - Holding Back The Years

  • Published on Apr 26, 2009
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    "Holding Back the Years" is the 7th track on Simply Red's debut studio album Picture Book. The song was a huge success for the group and quickly rose to the top of charts across the world. The single is one of two Simply Red songs (the other being their cover of "If You Don't Know Me by Now") to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, for the week ending July 12, 1986. It also reached #2 in the UK and was a worldwide hit. It had initially been released in the UK the year before, but only reached #51.
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    MISS NIKKI BABY 6 hours ago

    When music was good

  • Sean N
    Sean N 8 hours ago


  • Sean N
    Sean N 8 hours ago

    White Chocolate

  • Antonio Santos
    Antonio Santos 8 hours ago

    Música linda 😘

  • Rude Bwoy
    Rude Bwoy 11 hours ago

    This song still brings tears to my eyes. One of my favorite songs in the world.

  • Mark Flanigan
    Mark Flanigan 12 hours ago

    Now THIS is actual singing!! Would the 21st century please take note?

  • Always Ready
    Always Ready 14 hours ago

    Love this song! Never knew what it was called til now.

  • thereddsnapper _#4515
    thereddsnapper _#4515 18 hours ago


  • maria maria
    maria maria 18 hours ago


  • Debbie Baverstock
    Debbie Baverstock 20 hours ago

    Or maybe Terence Trent Darby was the support and simply red were the main band!! Age can be a bugger cos I can’t quite remember 😂😂

  • Debbie Baverstock
    Debbie Baverstock 20 hours ago

    I saw simply red at the national in Kilburn and they were the support band I think but I can’t remember who the main band were! Anyone else out there who might be as old as me and remember?

  • Vanessa Assis
    Vanessa Assis 21 hour ago

    Daria tudo pra ter vivido os anos 80

  • SanDelly
    SanDelly Day ago


  • Brandon Davis
    Brandon Davis Day ago +1

    Damn, this video makes me miss London. Need to visit again soon.

    • John Smith
      John Smith 21 hour ago

      how does video about Yorkshire make you miss London

  • Lisa Farris
    Lisa Farris 2 days ago

    Wasted all those years damn it so true

  • Scott ashley
    Scott ashley 2 days ago


  • silvia  andrea guzman

    wonderful and beautiful song for remember the past

  • Leon Smiley
    Leon Smiley 2 days ago


  • Karim Derbassi
    Karim Derbassi 3 days ago

    Holding back the years , November 2018 if you passed by after me . click like

  • Gerard Ferrer
    Gerard Ferrer 3 days ago

    Love ❤️ my High School days lot of memories 👍🏽🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇩🇪

  • Annette Roberts
    Annette Roberts 3 days ago

    He looked young and handsome

  • Jon Weiss
    Jon Weiss 3 days ago

    Excellent song and music video! TheXvid - Jonny Weiss "Drunk and Stoned."

  • caffiene macaroni
    caffiene macaroni 3 days ago

    What a redneck

  • Ricky Rivera
    Ricky Rivera 3 days ago


  • Gerard White
    Gerard White 3 days ago

    I.m old and alone now I wasn't always this broken down old man reminds me of better times

  • Laura Petisme
    Laura Petisme 3 days ago

    The best.!

  • Bradley Stubblety
    Bradley Stubblety 3 days ago

    To good, smooth and the best Glass half full song xxxooo

  • Felipe dos santos
    Felipe dos santos 3 days ago

    Linda música perfeita saudades desse tempo que não volta mais saudades

  • Carefree Jimbob
    Carefree Jimbob 3 days ago

    Like a needle of hard nostalgia

  • Raymond Hyland
    Raymond Hyland 3 days ago

    Simply brilliant

  • arc 69 smith
    arc 69 smith 4 days ago

    Is this whitbey ?

  • arc 69 smith
    arc 69 smith 4 days ago

    Great song !

  • annette norris
    annette norris 4 days ago

    Thank you♥️✌🏾✊🏾

  • Wakita Harmon
    Wakita Harmon 4 days ago

    He blow that gone boy

  • Faith Avitia
    Faith Avitia 4 days ago

    I love my babydaddy frank morales 🌷🌷🌹🌹🌺🌻⚘🌿🌿🐧🐧🐧🐧🐟🐟🐠🐠😘😘❤❤❤💋💋💞💞

  • chooseinfew
    chooseinfew 4 days ago

    MA mom connects with song cause she is half white. Classic regardless

  • Frank Ace
    Frank Ace 4 days ago

    I can always relate to the video and words of this song.., it echos in my heart ..

  • Miz Chino Macchiato
    Miz Chino Macchiato 4 days ago




  • AZ Bill
    AZ Bill 4 days ago


  • Gabe King
    Gabe King 4 days ago

    Depressed ? "Right click" the screen and select "Loop"..........

  • the ganja smoker 420

    This song is sexy it makes me feel like I'm falling in love and getting heartbroken at the same time

  • Cinia Callejas
    Cinia Callejas 4 days ago


  • Joaquin Luiz
    Joaquin Luiz 4 days ago

    November 2018,Belém, Pará, Brasil

  • Joaquin Luiz
    Joaquin Luiz 4 days ago

    Brasil ama essa música

  • Andrea Welsh
    Andrea Welsh 5 days ago +1

    RIP mac another unbelievable raper and blues singer multitalented musician taken to young to soon may the angels listen to you sing why is it always the best musical geniuses taken so soon like Mac. And Amy. Bowie Prince Phil lynot. Doesn’t matter what music you like or dislike they were all the best. May god enjoy your music on the night shift

  • captain America
    captain America 5 days ago

    Imagine if they would have put a little girl daydreaming about her male teacher, I guess is ok if it's a boy

    NALDO SANTOS 5 days ago

    Bela Música

  • Glaura Lucia Freitas Flores Apollo

    Simply Red uma. das mais bonita das suas musicas

  • Tamara Allen
    Tamara Allen 5 days ago

    That blue eyed soul is nothing but the truth. I love this jam! 😍

  • Adalgisa Sampaio
    Adalgisa Sampaio 5 days ago +1

    Boa dica

  • southwestern carriers

    This song is so real

  • Mike Marks
    Mike Marks 5 days ago

    A very underrated singer

  • Tim Davis
    Tim Davis 5 days ago

    This is a unique jam-soulful,somewhat sad,yet uplifting as well. It's like a fine wine-it gets better with time.😌🍷🕘🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶👍

  • J Teflon
    J Teflon 5 days ago

    Makes me think of the one who owns my heart

  • yisha glo18
    yisha glo18 5 days ago

    Wait... this was in love and basketball 😱😱😱

  • Jordão Souza
    Jordão Souza 5 days ago

    É impossível não viajar com uma lenda dessa!! Wow!!!!!! Linda demais!!!

  • Regenilson Assis
    Regenilson Assis 5 days ago

    Simples Red Brasil

  • Pug Man
    Pug Man 5 days ago

    I'm still listening in 2018, I have to tuck my nuts in my socks, but I'm still listening

  • JP M
    JP M 5 days ago

    I love Simply Red forever..🙌🎶😍🎵😘☀

  • kcvous
    kcvous 6 days ago

    so romantic

  • Joao Pereira
    Joao Pereira 6 days ago

    Boa música

  • Marjorie Suchovsky
    Marjorie Suchovsky 6 days ago

    This is music, not the trash, sex, drug music there is today. Simply Red kept it simple.

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  • Avery Livingston
    Avery Livingston 6 days ago

    I'm trying Mr. 1974 you were and still is here in 2018. wow

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  • Papi Tekule
    Papi Tekule 6 days ago

    Leaving Kinshasa for Lagos, then London only 19 i was. Les aventures commences...

  • Marc Meyer
    Marc Meyer 6 days ago

    I whatch this music video for the first time 💘 it 2:23 it did me something laying down on the graveyard is. Lucky

  • Savaga Squad
    Savaga Squad 7 days ago

    He has such an amazing voice 😍 I grew up off of this song . Hits home when you’re going through things ... this song brings me back to love and basketball though 😊😊😊

  • Vânia Azevedo
    Vânia Azevedo 7 days ago

    Música boa não envelhece

  • Ron Bacon
    Ron Bacon 7 days ago

    Song makes me cry. I been through so much as a kid. Now i hate that ive made so many bad decisions as a adult. I gotta work hard and get my life together

  • june pearson
    june pearson 7 days ago +2

    love this song so much best song I am 68 a and is in love

  • Sam Reich
    Sam Reich 7 days ago


  • Jay Hickey
    Jay Hickey 7 days ago

    Kick ass vocals. No auto tune needed.

  • Lovelyapples
    Lovelyapples 7 days ago

    They dont make music like this anymore!!!!

  • Merdice Howell
    Merdice Howell 7 days ago


  • wristfroze!
    wristfroze! 7 days ago

    wish I knew more songs like this

  • Christopher Billionaire

    I can relate to this song

  • Dominique C.
    Dominique C. 7 days ago

    I could have used NOT stumbling upon this song today.. 💔 I guess I’ll keep holding on until it f*cking kills me

  • J. Fred Muggs
    J. Fred Muggs 7 days ago

    Nice voice. Terrible teeth. Beautiful song reminds me of songs by Classics IV but bluesier & deeper. Positively haunting.

  • idoj654123
    idoj654123 7 days ago

    If I could pick a year and stay in it, this might be it. Probably on the condition that I could also steal a car and legally drive it being under 16. And beer, too.

  • Tom Selcuk
    Tom Selcuk 8 days ago


    G.J. KOSTER 8 days ago +7

    A decade of musical genius to a decade of absolute creative poverty and cheap commerce in only 30 years. Well done, people!

  • Tanya Hernandez
    Tanya Hernandez 8 days ago

    Forever missed and loved Carmen Alvarez.i miss u Soo much ..till we meet again my best Tanya..

  • Clinton Francis
    Clinton Francis 8 days ago

    Simply the best

  • Leah Ragoonath
    Leah Ragoonath 8 days ago

    I can feel the emotions in this song on my skin. God, the talent.

  • Kelly Johnson
    Kelly Johnson 8 days ago +1

    when I was think of my daughter at Burger King this morning a song came to mind " Love you Khala. "

  • Claire Ryan
    Claire Ryan 9 days ago

    Waisted my life

  • marcus abner
    marcus abner 9 days ago

    Timeless classic way ahead of there time with this 2018

  • Jakeila Griffin
    Jakeila Griffin 9 days ago

    So beautiful ❤ I love you ricky 💔

  • Cosmik Candy
    Cosmik Candy 9 days ago

    i'll keep holding on ♡

  • Emma Lynn
    Emma Lynn 9 days ago

    Beautiful music, beautiful lyrics and the voice is golden..

  • Colin Rasmussen
    Colin Rasmussen 9 days ago

    St. Andrews

  • Anne Cytanovich
    Anne Cytanovich 9 days ago

    yes Wanda I like a lot

  • ball is life Palmdale California

    Killer voice

  • John Graves
    John Graves 9 days ago

    Hated mick an his music for years! Funny you get old an you mellow an change , good lad is Mick , brill music an i think he wrote this tune for me ! And probably a lot of blokes who have gone through the shit i have ! Good on you Mick .

  • Unlimited Music
    Unlimited Music 10 days ago +1

    Only fools and horses 😀

  • luis angel ramirez
    luis angel ramirez 10 days ago

    solia escuchar a simple red en los 80s yo solo tenia 10 anos...que hermosa cancion!!!!cheers from MEXICO

  • Dustshoe
    Dustshoe 10 days ago +1

    It just seems to flow along, this video and song, doesn't it? It flows almost lazily along, as if floating on a gentle English river's current. It therefore gives itself ... a chance to be good. And gives us, the viewers (and listeners) a chance to simply enjoy it.
    In terms of artistic expression, there is nothing demeaning for a man here; there is no loss of cool, if you like. The video's appeal overall is that it's strong and sensitive at once. Not that easy to do in the macho world of pop and rock. And today the female pop stars must be presented as manly as the males: had the places in this Simply Red video been used for a pop video today, teetering in the modern lady pop singer's wake, those gravestones we see here would topple over with a thud. Nothing's ever the same. Nothing ever is given the chance to be good. Everything is a flickering mess today in popular culture. (Plus ça change, plus ça la même chose). The pop video of today is, from what I perceive, the same as being back in the silent era when there were "the flicks", with people running around, gesticulating wildly, dramatising excessively their pain, their anger. A modern pop video is just like a Charlie Chaplin short in many ways, you may imagine. It's a false, hysterical world now. Where am I going? I think you know a good song when you can sense easily that there is a real appreciation in the song for making music. And Holding Back The Years is just such a song.

  • Carlos Pacho
    Carlos Pacho 10 days ago