Kim Wilde recovered from a bit of a slump in her career with the release of 'You keep me hangin' on' on September 19, 1986. It was the first single from Kim's album 'Another step' in the UK, but the second single in Europe and Australia, where 'Schoolgirl' had been released during the summer. Kim commented about the song: 'I made it a point of not listening to the old version. With Ricki's backing track making it sound like a new song anyway, I was in the position of being completely fresh to it, and that's why it's worked so well.'
The single went top 10 in the UK first, after which several European countries would follow. It would take an even longer time to be the big hit it became in the USA: in the summer of 1987 'You keep me hangin'on' reached number 1 in the USA, making Kim only the third British solo woman singer to reach that spot.