Waiting for a Girl Like You
|"Waiting for a Girl Like You"|
|Single by Foreigner|
|from the album 4|
|B-side||"I'm Gonna Win"|
5:56 (extended version)
|Writer(s)||Mick Jones, Lou Gramm|
|Producer(s)||Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Mick Jones|
|Foreigner singles chronology|
"Waiting for a Girl like You" is a Platinum-certified 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 number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on Billboard's Rock Tracks chart. On the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, the song reached the top five. The song peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart.
"Waiting for a Girl Like You" achieved a chart distinction by spending its record-setting 10 weeks in the number 2 position of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, without ever reaching the top. It debuted on the Hot 100 chart dated October 10, 1981. It reached the number 2 position in the week of November 28, where it was held off the number 1 spot by Olivia Newton-John's single "Physical" for nine consecutive weeks, and then by Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" for a tenth week on January 30, 1982. Because of its chart longevity, it ended up being the number 19 song on the Top 100 singles of 1982.
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Prior to the release of the 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 number 80 on "Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time".
Weekly singles charts
In other media
- In the original Footloose (1984), Ren and Ariel slow dance to this song in a bar.
- The song was used in Nickelodeon movie Snow Day (2000) and was featured on the soundtrack.
- In the movie Swades (2004), Shahrukh Khan sings this song while taking a bath.
(Alphabetical by game title)
- The song was featured on the soundtrack for the videogame Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) on the in-game radio station Emotion 98.3
- The song is featured in Karaoke Revolution Party
- The song is featured as downloadable content for the Rock Band franchise.
(Alphabetical by artist)
- Paul Anka released a cover version on his album Classic Songs, My Way (2007).
- Cliff Richard covered the song on his 2007 album, Love... The Album (2007), which reached No. 13 on the UK Album Chart.
- Rick Springfield recorded a cover version of this song on his covers album, The Day After Yesterday (2005).
- Joe Lynn Turner's cover version was released via an EP and an official video, in 1999.
- The song is included in the rock/jukebox musical Rock of Ages and its 2009 original Broadway cast recording.
(Alphabetical by series)
- In the Glee episode ""Pot o' Gold" (November 1, 2011), the song is covered by Mark Salling (who plays Noah "Puck" Puckerman).
- The song is also covered by Glee's sister show The Glee Project, in its second season.
- The song is featured in "The Weirdo on Maple Street", a season 1 episode of the Netflix Original series Stranger Things.
- on YouTube
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 234.
- Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 333.
- Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of No. 1 Hits, 5th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 601.
- Billboard Greatest Songs of the Hot 100