I Don't Want to Wait

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"I Don't Want to Wait"
Paula Cole I Don't Want to Wait US CD cover.jpg
U.S. CD single
Single by Paula Cole
from the album This Fire
  • "Bethlehem"
  • "Hitler's Brothers"
ReleasedOctober 14, 1997
FormatCD single
Length5:19 (album version)
4:07 (radio edit)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Paula Cole
Producer(s)Paula Cole
Paula Cole singles chronology
"Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?"
"I Don't Want to Wait"

"I Don't Want to Wait" is a song written, performed and produced by Paula Cole. It was Cole's second single from her album This Fire and later served as the opening theme for the TV series Dawson's Creek. Cole wrote the song and recorded a demo in April 1991, but did not record it for release until 1996. The song is in common time with a moderate beat rate of 87 beats per minute. "I Don't Want to Wait" is written in the key of F-sharp major. Cole's vocal range spans from the note of F♯3 to the note of D♯5. The single ranked at No. 10 on the 1998 Billboard Hot 100 singles chart year-end summary. The single spent the most consecutive weeks in the top 50 without cracking the top 10, just missing out at No. 11. The single, with a 56-week-long run, is among the list of the 32 songs in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have had a chart run longer than 50 weeks.[1]

VH1 ranked it as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s at No. 81.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Mark Seliger and Fred Woodward. It was one of Cole's first videos, and was based on the concept of a woman who was immortal and had lovers in different time periods, all of whom died. The cut of the video was originally in chronological order, but for unknown reasons, a cut that was out of order was more frequently aired which led to the directors taking their name off the video, replacing it with the common moniker Alan Smithee.[citation needed]


In popular culture[edit]

The song has been referenced throughout popular culture. An episode of Family Guy, "Peterotica", involved a parody of Dawson's Creek titled Quahog Creek.[11] The song was also used in a Bud Light TV commercial titled Jukebox.[12]

In 2015, the song was used as the ringtone for a man's smartphone in a Burger King commercial for Buffalo Chicken Fries.[13]


  1. ^ Most total weeks on the Hot 100
  2. ^ 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s Archived 2012-02-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Paula Cole – I Don't Want to Wait". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3376." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 3363." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "'97 Year End Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Hit Tracks of '98" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 63 no. 12. December 14, 1998. p. 20. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  11. ^ Family Guy - Quahog Creek
  12. ^ Bud Light - Jukebox
  13. ^ Burger King - NEW! Buffalo Chicken Fries

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