“Hold My Hand” is a song by American singer Lady Gaga, released on May 3, 2022, through Interscope Records. It is the lead single to the soundtrack for the film Top Gun: Maverick (2022).
The song was written and produced by Gaga and BloodPop as “a love letter to the world during and after a very hard time”. Benjamin Rice received additional production credits.
Musically, “Hold My Hand” is a “hopeful” arena rock track, featuring an anthemic chorus and an electric guitar. Upon release, it received mostly positive reviews, with critics noting its inspiration derived from 1980s power ballads, the decade in which the original Top Gun was released.
“Hold My Hand” has charted within the top 20 in Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Taiwan, and within the top 40 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Iceland, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
“Hold My Hand” was co-written by Gaga with the track’s producer, BloodPop. Benjamin Rice received additional production credits.
It has been described by music and film critics as a “hopeful, anthemic” arena rock power ballad.
Jazz Tangcay of Variety called “Hold My Hand” a “soaring rock tune with violins and guitar licks that harken back to the power ballads of the ’80s.
“Its lyrics sees Gaga reassuring someone that she will always be there for them “without question.”
Lars Brandle of Billboard noted that the song has a close lineage to Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”, two tracks from the soundtrack of the original Top Gun film.
Music critics from other outlets compared “Hold My Hand” to songs such as “Open Arms” by Journey, “Alone” by Heart, and Gaga’s own 2011 single, “The Edge of Glory”.
The song was originally published in the key of G major and starts with G/D/C/G/D chord progression with three intro bars before singer starts to sing with the lyrics “Hold my hand, every thing will be okay, I heard from the heavens that clouds have been grey. Pull me close, wrap me in your arching arms”.