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Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting (1989)

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“Right Here Waiting” is a song by American singer and songwriter Richard Marx. It was released on June 29, 1989, ...

“Right Here Waiting” is a song by American singer and songwriter Richard Marx. It was released on June 29, 1989, as the second single from his second album, Repeat Offender. The song was a global hit, topping charts throughout the world, including the U.S. where it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song has been covered by many artists, including Monica for her album The Boy Is Mine.

Chart performances

“Right Here Waiting” entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at #44 in the week of July 8, 1989, and became Marx’s third consecutive #1 single on August 12, 1989. Certified Gold on August 21, the record spent three consecutive weeks at #1, replaced by Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted” in the week of September 2, 1989. The song was Marx’s first of several to go to number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart. Certified Platinum on October 16, 1989, “Right Here Waiting” is Marx’s best selling single. It is also his most enduring, charting in the top 15 of Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents chart for four years running, from 2000 to 2003, more than ten years after its release. The song also reached #1 on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay chart on August 4, 1989 staying on the top of the chart for three weeks and remained on the chart for thirteen weeks.

In the United Kingdom, the song was released in August 1989 and peaked at #2, behind the Italian house song “Ride on Time” by Black Box, which was in first place for six uninterrupted weeks.

Music video

The video for this song was directed by Jim Yukich, and filmed on the road during Marx’s 1989 Repeat Offender Tour. It features various black-and-white tour footage interspersed with color scenes of Marx playing the song to a dead auditorium on an empty stage with a grand piano. Contrary to popular belief, due to Marx’s hectic touring schedule, very little time was available to produce a video for this single, so various tour footage was compiled to make an official video for the track.

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