1981 Waiting For A Girl Like You

Time for another round of Throwback Thursday!

This is where we get to listen to some great music from days gone by. 

Today’s music comes to us from 1981

Wikipedia tells us this about today’s tune:

"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. The opening motif was written by Ian McDonald  It has become one of the band's most successful 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 number 5. 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. The song was the band's biggest hit until "I Want to Know What Love Is" hit number 1 in 1985.

In his autobiography, Lou Gramm tells of a beautiful, mysterious woman who appeared in the control room when he was recording his vocal and gave him the inspiration to deliver the stirring take that was better than he has ever sung the song. He writes that this ephemeral beauty vanished, and he has never discerned her identity.

The song lists at number 100 on "Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time".

See you again soon! Share with me your thoughts about this theme.  If you have a favorite oldies song or artist, let me know and I’d be happy to feature them.


  1. Mary,

    Throwback Thursdays sounds fun. I may try to incorporate it into a spot on my already jammed Thursday posts. :) Hey, you never get too much music, right? Plus, I usually feature some songs each week anyhow, so why not have include a throwback tune? Have a good day, my friend!

    1. Maybe I should add a linky to this one? What do you think?

    2. Mary,

      Sure, if you think it'll help or do you find you're having good fortune with people just adding their direct URL in comments then keep going that route. It's definitely these easiest for you. :)

  2. WShy do I always get Foreigner and Journey mixed up? Anyway, good song.

    1. Probably because they were popular around the same time, and have a similar sound.

  3. Foreigner is one of my all time fave's. I even love them just as much with Kelly Hansen as their lead singer. Great song.
    Janet’s Smiles


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