I Will Wait

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"I Will Wait"
I Will Wait single cover.jpg
Single by Mumford & Sons
from the album Babel
ReleasedAugust 7, 2012
Format
Recorded2011–12
Genre
Length4:36
Label
Songwriter(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
Promotional artwork

"I Will Wait" is a song by British 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". It reached the top ten in the New Zealand, Irish, Canadian and Scottish national charts, and was voted into fifth place in Australian radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2012. The song is playable in the video game Guitar Hero Live.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by the Fred & Nick.[2] It was filmed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

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.""[3] Stephanie Middleton of The Celebrity Cafe said, "With untouched vocals and harmonies, the boys manage to create yet another genuine Mumford & Sons track."[4]

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."[5] 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."[6] Rolling Stone magazine named the song the 13th best song of 2012.[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

Year Organization Award Result
2013 Grammy Award Best Rock Performance Nominated
Best Rock Song Nominated
MTV Video Music Award Best Rock Video Nominated

Charts[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song sold 153,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.[8] 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.[9]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[43] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[44] 5× Platinum 400,000*
Germany (BVMI)[45] Gold 150,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[46] 2× Platinum 30,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[47] 2× Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] 2× Platinum 1,200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[49] 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[50]

References[edit]

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  48. ^ "British single certifications – Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type I Will Wait in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  49. ^ "American single certifications – Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
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