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
B-side "Bethlehem"
"Hitler's Brothers"
Released October 14, 1997
Format CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 5:19 (album version)
4:07 (radio edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(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 originally wrote the song and recorded a demo of the song in April 1991 but did not officially record and release it until 1996. The single ranked #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 #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 #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.[citation needed]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997–99)[3][4][5] Peak
Australian Singles Chart 27
UK Singles Chart 43
US Billboard Hot 100 11
US Billboard Adult Top 40 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 10

In other media[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.[7] The song was also used in a Bud Light TV commercial titled Jukebox.[8]

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

The song is featured in the films Urban Legend, Scary Movie and Hatchet.[citation needed]

Steve sings the chorus of the song in the American Dad! episode "1600 Candles".[citation needed]


  1. ^ Most total weeks on the Hot 100
  2. ^ 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s
  3. ^ australian-charts.com
  4. ^ allmusic.com
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 115. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  7. ^ Family Guy - Quahog Creek
  8. ^ Bud Light - Jukebox

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