Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, "I'm Holdin' on to Love (To Save My Life)"


May 29, 2012

2000 | Peak: #17

The twelfth and final single from Come On Over wasn't planned, but persistent unsolicited airplay earned it release.

There was no video or any other promotional effort, as Twain had sequestered herself from the public eye by that point.   So this one got by on its sheer charm, and has the added bonus of not being overplayed to death.

Despite references to the “net” and Dr. Ruth, it still sounds remarkably fresh today.  It's clever, has a great beat, and borrows liberally from eighties arena rock without being overwhelmed by it.


Shania and Mutt made it look so easy.  Take one listen to country radio today for a reminder that it's not.

Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain

Grade: A

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  1. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    This song didn’t grab me immediately upon my first listening to Come On Over, but it’s grown on me significantly over the years. I agree that it does have a sound that still seems fresh today, and I love the fun and peppy-ness of it all. They do indeed make it look easy.

    Didn’t know that it was released as a single due to it receiving unsolicited airplay as an album cut. That’s interesting.

    Have we really finished reviewing all of the singles from Shania’s first three albums? This is going by so fast!

  2. Tara SeetharamNo Gravatar says:


  3. EthanNo Gravatar says:

    @Ben: Too fast, especially because it’s more like “only three” than “first three.” Makes me really ache for some new Shania tunes.

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