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 (1981) and was co-written by 4 Lou Gramm and Mick Jones. It has become one of the band's most famous songs worldwide, peaking at number 2 on the Hot 100 and number 1 on s Billboard' Rock Tracks chart. On the [2 ] Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, the song reached the top five. The song peaked at number 8 on the [3 ] 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 , 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 Billboard Hot 100 chart 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 [4 ] Top 100 singles of 1982.
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". [5 ]
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Weekly singles charts [ edit ]
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[7 ] 21
[8 ] 87
Billboard Hot 100 [9 ] 19
In other media [ edit ]
In the original
, Ren and Ariel slow dance to this song in a bar. Footloose The song was featured on the soundtrack for the 2002 videogame
on the in-game radio station Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Emotion 98.3 The song is featured in
and as downloadable content for the Karaoke Revolution Party franchise. Rock Band The song was covered by
Mark Salling (who plays Noah 'Puck' Puckerman) in the fourth episode of the third season of the smash TV-show , Glee . Pot o' Gold The song was also covered by
Glee's sister show in its second season. The Glee Project The song was used in Nickelodeon movie
and was featured on the soundtrack. Snow Day
Rick Springfield also recorded a cover version of this song on his 2005 covers album, . The Day After Yesterday
Cliff Richard covered the song on his 2007 album, , which reached No. 13 on the UK Album Chart. Love... The Album Also in 2007,
Paul Anka released a cover version on his album . Classic Songs, My Way Also exists a cover sung by
Joe Lynn Turner, an EP and an official video was made in 1999. The song is included in the rock/jukebox musical
, and included on the 2009 original Broadway cast recording. Rock of Ages In the movie
, Shahrukh Khan sings this song while taking a bath. Swades
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