Waiting for a Girl Like You

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"Waiting for a Girl Like You"
Single cover
Single by Foreigner
from the album 4
B-side "I'm Gonna Win"
Released October 1981
Format 7"
Recorded 1981
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:35 (single)
4:49 (album)
5:56 (Live extended version)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Mick Jones, Lou Gramm
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Mick Jones
Foreigner singles chronology
"Waiting for a Girl like You"
"Juke Box Hero"

"Waiting for a Girl like You" is a 1981 power ballad by the British-American rock band Foreigner. The distinctive synthesizer theme was performed by the then little-known Thomas Dolby.

It was the second single released from the album 4 (1981) and was co-written by Lou Gramm and Mick Jones. It has become one of the band's most famous songs worldwide, peaking at No. 2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard's Rock Tracks chart.[1] On the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, the song reached the Top Five.[2] In the UK, the song peaked at No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart.

"Waiting for a Girl Like You" achieved an odd chart distinction by spending its record-setting 10 weeks in the No. 2 position of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, without ever reaching the top. First appearing on the Hot 100 on 10th October 1981, it reached No. 2 the week of November 28 where it was held off the No. 1 spot by Olivia Newton-John's single "Physical" for nine consecutive weeks, then by Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" for a 10th week on January 30, 1982.[3] Nevertheless it made it to No. 19 amongst the Top 100 singles of 1982.

Prior to the release of this song as a single, Foreigner was considered a hard rock band getting airplay mostly on rock stations and some Top 40 ones. This song gave the group more exposure on top 40 radio stations. Also because the song was soft, most adult contemporary radio stations played it as well, giving the group exposure to an audience they were not really aiming at in general. This song was pivotal in exposing harder rock acts to a broader audience.

The song lists at No. 80 on the list of "Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time".[4]

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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 234.
  2. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 333.
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of No. 1 Hits, 5th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 601.
  4. ^ Billboard Greatest Songs of the Hot 100

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