“I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” clearly talks about the narrator’s desire to be in a romantic relationship with a woman he’s falling in love with. In the song, he uses appealing words to woo this lady into accepting him as her man.

Holding one’s hand in the context of this song could signify a close romantic bond between two lovers, or a marriage proposal which often sees a male hold a female’s hand while putting the engagement ring on her finger. Either way, the narrator’s motives are clear in that he reveals that he is happiest whenever this lady is near him. He is convinced about his love for her and how she makes him feel, thus he is ever ready to take her hand and go the long haul with her.

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” Facts

Artist(s): The Beatles
Song Authors: John Lennon in partnership with Paul McCartney
Production: George Martin
Release: November 29 of 1963
Album/EP: The Beatles’ 1964 studio album titled “Meet the Beetles!”


This is a bona fide pop rock classic.

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” on the Charts

  • United States: 1
  • United Kingdom: 1

FYI: This was the first time a Beatles’ song reached the number one spot in the United States. This was therefore a remarkable accomplishment for the band.

It also peaked within the Top-10 sections of singles charts in these countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Germany


With over 12 million copies sold, this ranks high in the list of the best-selling music singles of all time.

This appears in the Rolling Stone’s list of the world’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” compiled in 2004. It occupied the 16th position on this highly coveted list.


  • Arthur Fiedler in 1964
  • Al Green in 1969
  • Dollar in 1980
  • Manny Manuel in 1996
  • Jennifer Cihi in 1999
  • Glee’s Kurt Hummel  in 2010
  • Jojo Rabbit in 2019

Was “I Want to Hold Your Hand” a single release?

Yes. It was actually the first and only single from its album (“Meet the Beatles!”).

1 Response

  1. Bailey says:

    Hello I am looking for a bit of help with The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand song. You see in my college course history of rock and roll I am doing written responses on the songs we heard in class and I am doing them on Beatles songs. One thing i am trying to find is the tune sound to the song does it have a blues sound in it or maybe a jazz sound to it i have listened to this song many times and i cannot figure it out and i have to put how the song contributes to that sound. i also have to put how the song fits into the history of rock and roll all i have at the moment is it fits into rock and roll because of the Beatles being a rock and roll group which is terrible and not right to put in my written response

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