Tired of Waiting for You

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"Tired of Waiting for You"
Single by The Kinks
from the album Kinda Kinks
B-side "Come on Now"
Released 15 January 1965 (1965-01-15)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded August and December 1964, at Pye and IBC Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 2:31
Label Pye 7N 15759 (UK)[1]
Reprise 0347 (USA)
Writer(s) Ray Davies[1]
Producer(s) Shel Talmy[1]
The Kinks singles chronology
"All Day and All of the Night"
"Tired of Waiting for You"
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"

"Tired of Waiting for You" was a hit 1965 rock song by the English band The Kinks.[1] It reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart[2] and No. 6 in the US Billboard Hot 100. It was recorded late August 1964 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London, with additional guitar overdub at IBC Studios, London on 29 December 1964. "Come On Now" was recorded 22 or 23 December 1964 at Pye Studios (No. 2). The single was released on 15 January 1965 in the UK and on 17 February 1965 in the USA. It then appeared on their second studio album Kinda Kinks.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 24
Canadian RPM Top Singles 3
Dutch Top 40[3] 18
German Singles Chart 27
Irish Singles Chart[4] 3
Swedish Singles Chart 24
US Billboard Hot 100 6
Preceded by
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers
UK number-one single
18 February 1965 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"I'll Never Find Another You" by The Seekers

Cover versions[edit]

Chicago jazz-rock band The Flock covered the song, with the title "Tired of Waiting", on their album The Flock in 1969. Suzi Quatro covered this song on her 1978 album If You Knew Suzi.... Little Angels covered the song on their album Jam in 1993. American punk group Green Day covered the song originally as the b-side of 1994's "Basket Case"; it later appeared on their 2002 album Shenanigans and on the soundtrack for Howard Stern's 1997 film Private Parts. A version by country singer Dwight Yoakam is available on his 1997 album Under the Covers. In 2006, Curtis Stigers included a version on his album "You Inspire Me". Sweethead covered the song on their 2009 EP The Great Disruptors. Bill Frisell covered it on his 2014 LP Guitar in the Space Age!.


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 87–9. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ a b "Chart Stats - The Kinks - Tired Of Waiting For You". Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 - week 11, 1965" (in Dutch). Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 28 December 2009. 

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