I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

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"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
Single by Aretha Franklin and George Michael
from the album Aretha
Released January, 1987
Recorded 1986
Length 4:00
Label Arista
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Jimmy Lee"
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
George Michael singles chronology
"A Different Corner"
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
"I Want Your Sex"

"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" is a Grammy Award-winning number-one song performed by Aretha Franklin and George Michael as a duet in 1987. It was written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan. It also stands as Franklin's biggest hit at the Adult Contemporary chart, spending several weeks at number two.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[1] It begins with George Michael and two bodyguards entering a dark room. There is a large viewing screen on the wall showing Aretha Franklin preparing for George Michael. Over the course of the video, the two are brought together, and shown performing the song both in front of the screen and on it. At the end of the video, Aretha winks at the camera.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The song was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve his ambition to sing with one of his favorite artists, and it reached number-one in both the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100. The song was Franklin's first and only UK number-one hit, and only her fourth top ten achievement in the country since "I Say a Little Prayer", nearly two decades earlier. This was also the last of Franklin's seventeen top 10 hits in the Billboard Hot 100.

For Michael, it became his third consecutive number-one in the UK since going solo, following 1984's "Careless Whisper" (though the single was actually from the Wham! album Make It Big) and 1986's "A Different Corner". In the US, it was Michael's fourth number-one hit, counting his Wham! days.

The single was the first Michael had recorded (as a lead artist) that he had not written himself. The co-writer, Simon Climie, was unknown at the time, although he later had success as a performer with Climie Fisher in 1988. On the US Billboard Hot 100, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" debuted at number 59, the week of February 21, 1987, reaching number-one in its ninth week, April 18, 1987, and remaining there for two consecutive weeks.


Charts and certifications[edit]

Track listing[edit]


  1. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" – 3:52
  2. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Instrumental) – 4:00

US 12" maxi-single

  1. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Edited remix) – 5:29
  2. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Percappela) – 5:14
  3. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Album version) – 4:01
  4. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Extended remix) – 7:30

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - George Michael - "I knew you were waiting (for me)"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ music video in MyVideo.de
  3. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970 - 1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ a b c d e I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me). Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  5. ^ Top Singles - Volume 46, No. 3, April 25 1987. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  6. ^ Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  7. ^ Single-Chartverfolgung. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  8. ^ The Irish Charts Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  9. ^ Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  10. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  11. ^ a b c I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - Billboard. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  12. ^ Goud/Platina Muziek. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  13. ^ Video on YouTube

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Jack Your Body" by Steve "Silk" Hurley
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
February 7, 1987 – February 21, 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Stand by Me" by Ben E. King
UK number-one single
February 15, 1987 – February 22, 1987 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"I Wanna Wake Up with You" by Boris Gardiner
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
March 16, 1987 – April 6, 1987 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)" by Paul Lekakis
Preceded by
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 18, 1987 – April 25, 1987 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew