Writers: Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
Original Release: August 1, 1984
Album: Vital Signs
"I Can't Hold Back" is Survivor's best song. Oh yes, I hear you gasping in astonishment. "Eye of the Tiger" is a classic of its era, surely the song that will carry the band's legacy from now to the end of time, right? Yes, probably. But it's not their best.
A couple especially clever songwriting moments in "I Can't Hold Back":
- The pre-chorus, as Peterik himself describes it. Comes up first at 1:12 in the video.
- The bridge folding back into the pre-chorus at 2:19. Throughout the song, the melody has a Steve Winwood-esque wrap-around feel to it. That 2:19 point is where I feel it most strongly.
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