First Hit #1: July 23, 1988
Man this is a ballad-heavy year, and Richard Marx is no exception. Like the rest of them, Hold on to the Nights isn’t wholly positive, though it’s slightly more ambiguous than most. There’s an undercurrent of infidelity in the song, but it’s never quite explicit, as Marx sings about being true to everyone himself and breaking rules. This song is probably about cheating, but it’s really vague on that point, presumably because then it could possibly be used in a wedding or something while the crowd is none the wiser. It could even be about any other slightly taboo love affair, we don’t know, the song is really vague on that point. It’s not too far off of the other big ballads of the year in arrangement – minimal piano, big electric guitar – but it’s not bad overall. I wonder what was going on that everyone decided that ballads were the thing to listen to.