I Will Wait

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For the song by Hootie & the Blowfish, see I Will Wait (Hootie & the Blowfish song).
Not to be confused with I Will Wait for You.
"I Will Wait"
Single by Mumford & Sons
from the album Babel
Released August 7, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011—2012
Genre Folk rock, indie folk, bluegrass
Length 4:36
Label Island
Writer(s) Marcus Mumford
Producer(s) Markus Dravs
Mumford & Sons singles chronology
"Roll Away Your Stone"
(2010)
"I Will Wait"
(2012)
"Lover of the Light"
(2012)
Alternative cover
Promotional artwork

"I Will Wait" is a song by English rock band Mumford & Sons. The track was first released in the United States on August 7, 2012 as the lead single from the band's second studio album, Babel (2012).[1] This is their most successful song to date surpassing their biggest hits, "Little Lion Man" and "The Cave".

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received generally favourable reviews. Grady Smith of Entertainment Weekly gave the song a positive review, saying how the song "hearkens back to their Grammy-nomination-festooned single "The Cave" with its shouted refrain, triumphant horns, a driving kick drum, and an earnest lyric about a relationship so perfect it has Marcus Mumford kneeling down in reverence, raising his hands, and wishing for his mind to be "freed from the lies.""[2] Stephanie Middleton of The Celebrity Cafe said, "With untouched vocals and harmonies, the boys manage to create yet another genuine Mumford & Sons track."[3]

Katie Hasty of HitFix gave the song a B+, saying "Marcus is a softie, but he's got a problem with repetition," but also said "they bring it home when they jump up an octave and beat the hell out of the chorus." She concluded with, "This song could be really huge."[4] Liv Carter of Urban Country News awarded the song a 'thumbs-up'. Reviewing the song after it started receiving airplay at country radio, she called it "a perfect piece of folk-rock that more than deserves to be introduced to the wider country radio audience."[5] Rolling Stone magazine named the song the 13th best song of 2012.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song sold 153,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.[7] It is also their highest-charting song both in the US and the UK to date. It has sold over 2 million copies in the US as of April 2013, their second song to do so.[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Fred & Nick.[9] It was filmed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[1]
No. Title Length
1. "I Will Wait"   4:36
2013 Brit Awards
No. Title Length
1. "I Will Wait (Live from the BRITs)"   4:48

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[43] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[44] 5× Platinum 400,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[45] Platinum 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[8] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales/streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States August 7, 2012[1] Digital download
United Kingdom 9 September 2012[47]

Other versions[edit]

In 2013, Australian singer Taylor Henderson recorded a version for his album Taylor Henderson.

The 2014 film The Book of Life featured a new version sung by Diego Luna.[48]

References[edit]

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