Right Here Waiting

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"Right Here Waiting"
Right here waiting.jpg
Single by Richard Marx
from the album Repeat Offender
B-side "Wait for the Sunrise"
Released June 29, 1989
Format 7" single, CD single, cassette, 12" 45 rpm maxi single
Recorded December 11, 1988
(Magic Record Studios, Salt Lake City)
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 4:24
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Richard Marx
Producer(s) Richard Marx
David Cole
Richard Marx singles chronology
"Right Here Waiting"
"Right Here Waiting"

"Right Here Waiting" is a song by American singer and songwriter Richard Marx. It was released in June 29, 1989, as the second single from his second album, Repeat Offender. The song was a global hit, topping charts throughout the world, including the U.S. where it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] It was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[3] The song has been covered by many artists, including Monica in her album The Boy Is Mine.

Original version[edit]

Background and writing[edit]

"Right Here Waiting" was the second single from Repeat Offender, after "Satisfied". Marx wrote the song on the road as a love letter to his wife, the actress Cynthia Rhodes, who was in South Africa shooting on a film.[4] The track was arranged by Marx with Jeffery (C.J.) Vanston to feature none of the heavy drums and synthesizers popular at the time, with Marx's vocal accompanied only by classical guitar (by Bruce Gaitsch) and keyboards (by Vanston). It is one of Marx's most frequently covered compositions.

Chart performances[edit]

"Right Here Waiting" entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 44 in the week of July 8, 1989, and became Marx's third consecutive number one single on August 12, 1989.[2] Certified Gold on August 21, the record spent three consecutive weeks at number one, replaced by Paula Abdul's "Cold Hearted" in the week of September 2, 1989. The song was Marx's first of several to go to number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart. Certified Platinum on October 16, 1989, "Right Here Waiting" is Marx's best selling single. It is also his most enduring, charting in the top 15 of Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents chart for four years running, from 2000 to 2003, more than ten years after its release. The song also reached #1 on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay chart on August 4, 1989 staying on the top of the chart for three weeks and remained on the chart for thirteen weeks.[5]

In the United Kingdom, the song was released in September 1989 and peaked at #2.[6]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"If You Don't Know Me by Now" by Simply Red
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
August 5, 1989 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"One" by The Bee Gees
Preceded by
"Batdance" by Prince
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 12, 1989 - August 26, 1989 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Cold Hearted" by Paula Abdul
Preceded by
"If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Simply Red
Australian ARIA number-one single
September 10, 1989 - October 8, 1989 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"If I Could Turn Back Time" by Cher
Preceded by
"Every Day (I Love You More)" by Jason Donovan
Irish IRMA number-one single
September 21, 1989 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Ride On Time" by Black Box
Preceded by
"Swing the Mood" by Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
November 10, 1989 - November 24, 1989 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Escaping" by Margaret Urlich

Monica cover[edit]

"Right Here Waiting"
Monica-Right Here Waiting.jpg
Single by Monica featuring 112
from the album The Boy is Mine
Released December 14, 1999 (R&B radio)
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1998
Genre R&B
Length 4:29
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Richard Marx, Bruce Gaitsch
Producer(s) David Foster
Monica singles chronology
"Gone Be Fine"
"Right Here Waiting"
"I've Got to Have It"
"Gone Be Fine"
"Right Here Waiting"
"I've Got to Have It"
The Boy Is Mine track listing
"Take Him Back"
"Right Here Waiting"
"Cross the Room"

"Right Here Waiting" was covered by the American R&B artist Monica. It was only released in the United States in December 1999 as the seventh and final single from her second studio album, The Boy Is Mine, and features the R&B band 112. No music video was made for the song.


Chart (1999) Peak
US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 1


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