"Hangin' on a String is the fourth single by British soul band Loose Ends from their second studio album, So Where Are You?, and was released in February 1985 by Virgin Records. The single went to number one on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart for one week. This made Loose Ends the first British band ever to top that chart  In the group's native UK, the single made the top twenty. It also reached number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2008, the song was featured on Grand Theft Auto IV's fictional soul/R&B radio station The Vibe 98.8.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa sampled this song for his song The Kid Frankie from the album Kush & Orange Juice, as did Big Daddy Kane for the remixed version of his 1991 hit The Lover in You.