The Waiting (song)

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"The Waiting"
TP - The Waiting single.JPG
Single by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
from the album Hard Promises
B-side"Nightwatchman"
ReleasedApril 20, 1981
Format7"
RecordedEarly 1981
GenreFolk rock[1]
Length4:01
LabelBackstreet
Songwriter(s)Tom Petty
Producer(s)Tom Petty, Jimmy Iovine
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers singles chronology
"Even the Losers"
(1980)
"The Waiting"
(1981)
"A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)"
(1981)

"The Waiting" is the lead single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' album Hard Promises released in 1981. The song peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #1 on the magazine's new Rock Tracks chart, where it remained for six consecutive weeks during the summer of 1981.[2]

Covers[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used in The Simpsons episode "The Cartridge Family", during a sequence where Homer was subjected to a five-day waiting period after buying a gun.

"The Waiting" was used in a promotional spot for the fifth season of the hit television comedy series, The Office.[3]

The song is played at Philadelphia Flyers and Wisconsin Badgers home games, when a goal or other play is under review by officials.

Petty performed the song on It's Garry Shandling's Show in 1987.

The song was used on Chicago television news in 1995, as the public awaited news of Michael Jordan's return to the NBA.

Comedian Steve Goodie wrote and recorded a parody of the song titled "Ned Beatty Had the Hardest Part," which became a staple on radio morning shows, like The Bob & Tom Show, in the mid 90's.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles 6
New Zealand Singles Chart 27
U.S. Billboard Top Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/song/the-waiting-mt0010588114
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 490.
  3. ^ YouTube clip - NBC promo for the 5th season of The Office, featuring "The Waiting"

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