I'll Wait

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"I'll Wait"
Single by Van Halen
from the album 1984
A-side "I'll Wait"
B-side "Girl Gone Bad" (US)
"Drop Dead Legs" (UK)
Released April 1984
Recorded 1983 at 5150 Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
Length 4:45
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, Michael McDonald
Producer(s) Ted Templeman
Van Halen singles chronology
"I'll Wait"

"I'll Wait" is a song by Van Halen from their album 1984.[1]

It was the second single released from the album and reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Like "Jump", this song features keyboards almost entirely, and includes a synthesizer bass line. The song also features heavy use of Alex Van Halen's Rototom drum kit. David Lee Roth[2] and producer Ted Templeman[2] wanted to remove the song from the album,[2] while Eddie Van Halen and Donn Landee wanted and pushed for its inclusion.[2]

The song was written as a collaboration between Van Halen and Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald.[3] The original single's cover featured the band posing in the same location where the cover for the "Hot for Teacher" single cover had been shot.[citation needed]

The song's subject was inspired by a woman wearing men's underwear in a Calvin Klein print media advertisement.[2] Roth wrote the lyrics while the advertisement was tacked onto his Sony Trinitron television.[4]


Chart (1984) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 13


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