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"
ReleasedJune 29, 1989 (1989-06-29)
RecordedDecember 11, 1988
StudioMagic Record, Salt Lake City, Utah
GenreSoft rock[1]
Length
  • 4:23 (album version)
  • 4:21 (single version)
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)Richard Marx
Producer(s)
Richard Marx singles chronology
"Satisfied"
(1989)
"Right Here Waiting"
(1989)
"Angelia"
(1989)
Music video
"Right Here Waiting" on YouTube

"Right Here Waiting" is a song by American singer and songwriter Richard Marx. It was released on June 29, 1989, as the second single from his second album, Repeat Offender. The song was a global hit, topping charts in many countries around the world, including the U.S. where it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] It reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3] It was the UK's most streamed love song on Spotify ahead of Valentine's Day in 2013.[4]

The song has been covered by many artists, including Monica for her album The Boy Is Mine.

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 a film.[5] 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 performance[edit]

"Right Here Waiting" entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at No. 44 in the week of July 8, 1989, and became Marx's third consecutive number-one single on August 12, 1989.[2] The record spent three consecutive weeks at number one. The song was Marx's first of several to go to number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. Certified Platinum on October 16, 1989, "Right Here Waiting" is Marx's best-selling single. The song also reached number one on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay chart on August 4, 1989, remaining on the top of the chart for three weeks.[6]

In the United Kingdom, the song was released in August 1989 and peaked at No. 2,[7] behind the Italian house song "Ride on Time" by Black Box.

Music video[edit]

The video for this song was directed by Jim Yukich, and produced by Paul Flattery. It appears to be filmed on the road during Marx's 1989 Repeat Offender Tour, but was all shot in Los Angeles. It features various black-and-white tour footage interspersed with color scenes of Marx playing the song to an empty auditorium with a grand piano at a (staged) soundcheck. Due to Marx's hectic touring schedule, very little time was available to produce a video for this single, so other tour footage was compiled to make an official video for the track.

Track listings[edit]

Charts and sales[edit]

Credits[edit]

Monica version[edit]

"Right Here Waiting"
Monica-Right Here Waiting.jpg
Single by Monica featuring 112
from the album The Boy is Mine
ReleasedDecember 14, 1999 (1999-12-14) (R&B radio)
Recorded1998
GenreR&B
Length4:29
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)Richard Marx, Bruce Gaitsch
Producer(s)David Foster
Monica singles chronology
"Gone Be Fine"
(1999)
"Right Here Waiting"
(1999)
"I've Got to Have It"
(2000)

"Right Here Waiting" was covered by American R&B singer Monica. It was released only 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 group 112. No music video was made for the song.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Adult R&B Songs (Billboard)[42] 32

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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