Missing You (John Waite song)

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This article is about the song made popular by John Waite. For the unrelated song by Puff Daddy, 112 and Faith Evans, see I'll Be Missing You.
"Missing You"
Single by John Waite
from the album No Brakes
B-side "For Your Love"
Released 23 June 1984
Format Cassette, vinyl
Recorded February 1984
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:01
Label EMI
Writer(s) John Waite, Mark Leonard, Chas Sandford
Producer(s) John Waite, David Thoener, Gary Gersh
John Waite singles chronology
"Going to the Top"
"Missing You"

"Missing You" is a song co-written and recorded by English musician John Waite. It was released in June 1984 as the lead single from the album No Brakes. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of 22 September 1984, and number nine on the UK Singles Chart.

John Waite re-recorded the song with country/bluegrass artist Alison Krauss which appeared on her album A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection, and released it to country music radio in 2007. The re-recording peaked at #34 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The original recording has been featured in the films, Selena (1997) and Warm Bodies (2013),[1] the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and the TV series Miami Vice (from the episode, "Heart of Darkness", originally aired September 28, 1984),[2] as well as in the comedy sitcom "Rules of Engagement", in a scene at the diner where there is a flashback of Timmy and Russell's best moments together (season 7, episode "A Wee Problem", originally aired on 6 May 2013). It also appears in the film 22 Jump Street (2014) during the montage where main characters Schmidt and Jenko begin to miss each other after going their separate ways following a fight. The intro also features in the late eighties film "The Great Outdoors" with Dan Aykroyd and John Candy.

Original MTV personality Nina Blackwood said in the book VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave that Waite had written the song about her. She later told the Tampa Bay Times that Waite confirmed this to her after the book's publication.[3]

Lyric summary[edit]

In the verses/bridge, the singer describes how much he misses his ex-lover, while in the chorus, he lies to himself and vehemently denies missing them.

Music video[edit]

The music video was written/directed/produced by Kort Falkenberg III and was actually filmed in Los Angeles during the summer of 1984. Although some people understandably have mistaken the street scene for New York City or London, the director intentionally looked for a location in downtown Los Angeles where there was "no Stucco" on the walls which would have been a dead giveaway that it was shot in the southwest U.S. He wanted it to look neutral and not be identifiable as any particular city.

To start the clip, John Waite is sitting in a chair, and after seeing a picture of a woman with whom he is still in love, he, frustrated, hits the lamp above him causing it to swing back and forth and begins to sing the song. When he opens his bedroom door, a woman playfully jumps into his arms and they embrace falling back onto the bed. Later, Waite watches through a crack in the door as the woman angrily throws her clothes into her suitcase. She pushes through the door to leave him and it hits him in the face full force as she storms past him, away. Pained at her emotional and physical assault, he sadly remembers being at one of her photo shoots. Trying to be cool, Waite leans on a lighting stand but misses and stumbles. Seeing this, she lovingly laughs at his fumbling. Back to the present, Waite tries to call her from a phone booth, but when the woman finally picks up the phone, her only connection is to a dangling phone in an empty phone booth. Waite is gone. He laments about "I ain't missin' you at all" as he walks down the city street only to see a picture of the woman on a newspaper. He goes into a bar. There, an older woman slides onto the stool next to him and tries to flirt with him, but for sheer sorrow shows he is not interested and then goes home again still pining for the woman. He tries again to call her but his anger and frustration gets the better of him and he smashes the phone into pieces. When she finally comes to his door and knocks, he doesn't answer, as he doesn't hear her knock over the music playing on his earphones he had put on just before her first knock. She leans against the door gently touching it and, with a deep breath, she turns and leaves as tears flow down her face.[4]

Versions and mixes[edit]

  • Extended version – 6:59 (Mixed & edited by John Luongo)

There are some slight variations between the album version that appears on No Brakes and the single version that was released to both video and radio stations. In the album version at the beginning of the song, John can be heard repeating the phase "Missing You" several times. This is absent in the single version, however, an added synthesizer can heard on the left channel when John is singing the chorus on the single version along with several echo effects of John's voice.


Chart (1984) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
German Singles Chart 13
Irish Singles Chart 6
UK Singles Chart 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 27
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Tracks 1

Tina Turner version[edit]

"Missing You"
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Wildest Dreams
B-side "The Difference Between Us"
Released July 25, 1996
Format CD single
Genre Dance-rock
Length 4:36
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) John Waite, Mark Leonard, Chas Sandford
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
Tina Turner singles chronology
"On Silent Wings"
"Missing You"
"Something Beautiful Remains"

This song was also recorded by Tina Turner in 1996, and was released as the third single from the album Wildest Dreams. When Waite's original version of "Missing You" topped Billboard's Hot 100 in late 1984, it ended the reign of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It". Turner's version of Waite's "Missing You" hit #12 in the UK and #84 in the U.S in 1996.

The single "Missing You" included an edited single version of the track, an alternative mix and certain formats also the European non-album track "The Difference Between Us", later featured on the U.S. edition of the Wildest Dreams album. The B-side of the U.S. edition of the CD single was the non-album track "Do Something" which was the B-side of the UK single for "On Silent Wings".

Versions and mixes[edit]

  • European album version – 4:36
  • U.S. album version – 4:40
  • Single edit – 4:02
  • Alternate mix – 4:04

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Peter Lindbergh and premiered in mid-1996.


Chart (1996) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 3
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[6] 70
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 66
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[8] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 84
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[11] 16

E'voke version[edit]

"Missing You"
Single by E'voke
Released 28 December 1998
Format CD, Cassette, 12" vinyl, Digital download
Genre Pop
Length 3:43
Label Pulse8, WEA, Pinball records
Writer(s) John Waite, Mark Leonard, Chas Sandford
Producer(s) Barry Leng & Duncan Hannant

This song was also recorded by E'voke in 1997 following their departure from Manifesto Records. James Rudolph provided a rap on the single and as with the previous single "Arms Of Loren", there were Steinway and Nip N Tuck remixes (the only version of the Nip N Tuck remix ever released was labelled an edit despite being the full version of the remix). Two promotional CDs were released before Pulse8 went bankrupt. The track was picked up by WEA who commissioned remixes by Metro and Echobeatz (the Echobeatz remix featuring on WEA's 1998 Summer Sampler) with the track scheduled for release in October 1998.[12] The release was pushed back with two new radio edits being promo-ed including a "Christmas version" and a new release date of 14 December 1998.[13]

A video was issued which would later be released to iTunes in 2011 (a video with the Christmas version dubbed over it was also released).[14] The track was finally released on 28 December 1998[15] and failed to chart. Following this E'voke split up though the CD2 tracklisting would be released digitally with Pinball records issuing the CD1 tracklisting on iTunes in 2011. It is unknown if "Missing You" in an original or remixed form will be on the E'voke album due in 2014.


  • Radio Edit 3:43 (on the Pulse8 promo only)
  • Nip N Tuck Edit 7:37
  • Steinway Mix 5:34
  • Steinway Mix Radio Edit 3:51
  • Instrumental 3:42 (on the Pulse8 promo only)
  • Extended Radio Mix 5:05 (on the Pulse8 promo only)
  • Park & Ride Mix 6:28 (on the Pulse8 promo only)
  • Round The Block Mix 6:47 (on the Pulse8 promo only)
  • Metro Radio Mix 4:20
  • R&B Mix Edit 3:59
  • Christmas Edit 4:18
  • Echobeatz Mix 6:41 (12" release only)

Brooks & Dunn version[edit]

"Missing You"
Single by Brooks & Dunn
from the album Tight Rope
B-side "The Trouble with Angels"
Released August 2, 1999
Format CD single, 7"
Genre Country
Length 3:47
Label Arista Nashville – 13179
Writer(s) John Waite, Mark Leonard, Chas Sandford
Producer(s) Kix Brooks
Ronnie Dunn
Byron Gallimore
Brooks & Dunn singles chronology
"South of Santa Fe"
"Missing You"
"Beer Thirty"

This song was also recorded by American country music group Brooks & Dunn and was released in August 1999 as the lead single from the album Tight Rope. Their version peaked at #6 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks, #15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and reached #75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Deaton Flanigen and premiered in mid-1999.


"Missing You" debuted at number 54 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of August 7, 1999.

Chart (1999) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[16] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 75
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[18] 15

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[19] 63


Waite re-recorded the song in 2007 as a duet with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. This re-recording was included on Waite's album Downtown: Journey of a Heart and Krauss's A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection, both released via Rounder Records. The rendition spent 21 weeks on Hot Country Songs between December 2006 and mid-2007, peaking at number 34.[20]

John Waite & Alison Krauss[edit]

Chart (2006-2007) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[21] 34

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vilkomerson, Sara (13 February 2013). "'Missing You': John Waite on his classic single's new life in 'Warm Bodies'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ John Waite Credits
  3. ^ Spears, Steve (17 June 2013). "Nina Blackwood dishes on fellow VJs, John Waite and current state of MTV: 'I think it sucks!'". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Music video on MyVideo.de
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tina Turner – Missing You" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Eurochart Hot 100 Singles". Music & Media. August 3, 1996. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Tina Turner - Top Titel" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Archive Chart: 1996-07-21". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Tina Turner: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "Tina Turner – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Tina Turner. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  11. ^ "Tina Turner – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Tina Turner. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  12. ^ "E'voke - Missing You (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  13. ^ "Images for E'voke - Missing You". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  14. ^ Video on YouTube
  15. ^ "E'voke - Missing You (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1998-12-28. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  16. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7269." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 1, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  17. ^ "Brooks & Dunn – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Brooks & Dunn.
  18. ^ "Brooks & Dunn – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Brooks & Dunn.
  19. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  20. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 442. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  21. ^ "Alison Krauss – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alison Krauss.

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