Waiting for That Day

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"Waiting for That Day"
Waiting For That Day.jpg
Single by George Michael
from the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
B-side "Fantasy"
Released 15 October 1990 (1990-10-15)
Format
Genre Pop
Length 4:49
Label EpicGEO 2
Writer(s)
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Praying for Time"
(1990)
"Waiting for That Day"
(1990)
"Freedom! '90"
(1990)
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 track listing
  1. "Praying for Time"
  2. "Freedom! '90
  3. "They Won't Go When I Go"
  4. "Something to Save"
  5. "Cowboys and Angels"
  6. "Waiting for That Day"
  7. "Mother's Pride"
  8. "Heal the Pain"
  9. "Soul Free"
  10. "Waiting (Reprise)"

"Waiting for That Day" is a song performed and largely written by George Michael which was released on Epic Records in 1990 in the UK and on Columbia Records in 1991 in the US.

The song was the second single from Michael's Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 album in the UK, and released as the third single from the album in the US and Australia. "Waiting for That Day" peaked at number 23 in the UK in October 1990 and was followed in the UK by three more singles from the album, all of which peaked slightly lower than that of its predecessor. In the US, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 on 9 February 1991, appeared on the chart for five weeks, and peaked at number 27 on 2 March 1991.[1]

Although Michael wrote the song alone, the chords and rhythm are very similar to The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want". This title is included at the very end of Michael's song, and a co-writer credit was given to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The song also contains samples from the song "Funky Drummer" by James Brown.

The song did not enjoy great chart success in the United States, becoming Michael's first single to miss the top 10. The single's B-side, "Mother's Pride" achieved some airplay success during the Gulf War.

Track listing[edit]

7": Epic / GEO 2 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Waiting for That Day" – 4:49
  2. "Fantasy" – 5:00
  • also available on MC (Epic / GEO M2)
  • also available on 12" (Epic / GEO T2)

CD: Epic / CD GEO 2 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Waiting for That Day" – 4:49
  2. "Fantasy" – 5:00
  3. "Father Figure" – 5:36
  4. "Kissing a Fool" – 4:34

Cassette and 7": Columbia 73663 (US)[edit]

  1. "Waiting for That Day" – 4:49
  2. "Mother's Pride" – 3:59

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990–91) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[2] 50
Canadian RPM Top Singles[3] 9
Dutch Single Top 100[2] 79
Irish Singles Chart[4] 11
UK Singles Chart[5] 23
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 27
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[7] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). p. 423. ISBN 9780823074990. 
  2. ^ a b George Michael - Waiting for That Day (song). Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  3. ^ Top Singles - Volume 53, No. 15, 16 March 1991. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  4. ^ The Irish Charts. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  5. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  6. ^ US Billboard Hot 100. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  7. ^ US Billboard Adult Contemporary. Retrieved 18 May 2011.

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