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"Keep Holding On"
Single by Avril Lavigne
from the album Eragon and The Best Damn Thing
Released December 5, 2006 (North America)
December 2006 (Australia)
Format Digital download
Genre Pop
Pop rock
Length 3:59
Label Arista
Writer(s) Avril Lavigne, Dr. Luke
Producer Dr. Luke
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
2x Platinum (CRIA)[1]
Avril Lavigne Australia singles chronology
"Take Me Away"
"Keep Holding On"
Avril Lavigne North America singles chronology
"Fall to Pieces"
"Keep Holding On"
Eragon soundtrack track listing
"Legend of Eragon"
"Keep Holding On" (Avril Lavigne)
"Once in Every Lifetime" (Jem)
The Best Damn Thing track listing
"Keep Holding On"

"Keep Holding On" is a pop rock power ballad song recorded by Avril Lavigne and is the theme song for the film Eragon (2006). It was written by Lavigne and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who produced the song. The strings were arranged by Patrick Doyle, who composed the Eragon soundtrack. It was the first single from the soundtrack and premiered on radio stations across North America in November 2006 (see 2006 in music).[2]

It also appears as the last track on Lavigne's third album, The Best Damn Thing[3][4] which was released on April 17, 2007. Lavigne has described the rest of the album as being upbeat and heavy in comparison to "Keep Holding On". Originally, a different version was to be included, but the original version made it instead.

The song has been well-received by music critics, with Billboard describing it as a "gorgeous song" in which Lavigne seems to be "set to remain for the long term".[5]

"Keep Holding On" reached number two for four weeks on the Canadian BDS Airplay Chart, being kept off the top spot by Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right". It became her highest-peaking airplay single there since "Complicated" which peaked at #1 for 1 week in 2002. It peaked within the top 20 on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart, peaking at #17, and the top 10 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks format chart. This feat is particularly impressive considering no official music video was made to promote it. It was not released in most of Europe, although it got to #9 in Slovakia, #27 in the Czech Republic and #32 in Latvia.

The single was one of the first to be issued as a digital-only release in Australia, where it charted at #5 on the Top 40 Digital Tracks chart.

The single was certified Gold by the RIAA in February 22, 2007 and Platinum in January 31, 2008.[6]

The track was one of the songs short-listed for the "Best Original Song" category at the 2007 Academy Awards, but it was not among the final nominees. The song was used in the season 2 finale of the American television series Ghost Whisperer. An arrangement of it was sung by the cast of Glee in the episode "Throwdown" in October 2009. (February 2010 in UK)

Track listing

USA prono
  1. "Keep Holding On"
  2. "Suggested Call Out Hook"
Japan promo
  1. "Keep Holding On"
  2. "Keep Holding On" (Instrumental version)
UK/AU/FR prono
  1. "Keep Holding On"


Chart (2006) Peak
Czech IFPI Chart[7] 27
Romanian Top 100[8] 51
Slovakian Singles Chart 9
Canadian Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 17
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 17
Chart (2007) Peak
UK Singles Chart[9] 175


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