“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” is one of Canadian musician and singer Shawn Mendes’ most well-known and successful tracks. It is the opening track from Mendes’ 2017 album, “Illuminate”, and was written by Mendes, Teddy Geiger, Geoff Warburton and Scott Harris, with production done by Geiger and Andrew Maury.
“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” is a pop ballad about a manipulative and unclear relationship Mendes has with a woman, and ho he simply accepts her behaviour as he is very interested in her. In a Q&A session with Mendes’ fans at one of his live tours, Mendes discussed what the track was inspired by: “I was reading a movie script that I was possibly going to be in and the girl who ‘my character’ kind of falls in love with, I actually really loved, like I really liked the character. I wrote the song about her. So it’s not a real girl, that one isn’t a real girl.”
The music video for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” was released on YouTube on the 20th June 2017, and was directed by Jay Martin. The video features footage of Mendes and a love interest (played by actress Ellie Bamber) exploring Paris, Amsterdam and the UK while Mendes is on tour. As of April 2020, the video has 879.8 million views, with well over 6 million likes.
Release Date: 20th April 2017
Songwriter/s: Shawn Mendes, Teddy Geiger, Geoff Warburton & Scott Harris
Producer/s: Teddy Geiger & Andrew Maury
Label/s: Island / Universal
Music Video Release Date: 20th June 2017
Music Video Director: Jay Martin
Chart Rankings, Certifications & Awards: “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” performed extremely well within a year of its release, charting at #17 in Argentina, #4 in Australia, #3 in Austria and Belgium, #6 in Brazil, #6 and three #1’s on various Canadian charts; #38 in Columbia, #9 in Costa Rica, #1 and #8 on various charts in the Czech Republic; #4 in Denmark, #8 in Ecuador, #18 in Finland, #17 in France, #5 in Germany, #1 in Guatemala, #4 and #13 on different charts in Hungary; #3 in Ireland, #14 in Italy, #4 in Latvia, #16 in Lebanon, #10 in Malaysia, #31 in Mexico, #4 and #8 in the Netherlands; #15 in the Philippines and in Norway; #9 in Poland, #7 in Portugal, #2 in Scotland, #4 and #7 in Slovakia, #4 in Slovenia, #1 in South Korea, #11 in Spain and in Sweden; #8 in Switzerland, #4 in the UK, #16 in Uruguay, #6, #4 and three #1’s on various US Billboard Charts, and lastly #7 in Venezuela. The track has many certifications across the globe, receiving Gold certification in Portugal, Platinum in Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand and Spain; 2x Platinum in Belgium, Mexico, Sweden and the UK; 4x Platinum in Australia, Italy and the US; 7x Platinum in Canada and Diamond in Brazil. “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” also won a total of 3 awards – the 2017 MTV Europe Music Award for “Best Song”, the 2018 “Award Winning Songs” award at the BMI Awards, and the “Single of the Year” at the 2018 Juno Awards.
The lyrics to “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” can be found here: LINK