17: Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner

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Entered Charts: 20 January 1982
Entry Point: 39
Highest Chart: 4
Weeks In: 16

As we moved towards the 25% mark of the 1980s, there was a tendency for bands to create “big” songs – songs that went for longer than we’d previously been used to – tending to be longer than 4 minutes, rather than the 3 minute songs that dominated the 70s.

Foreigner had been to the Australian charts a couple of times in the 1970s with a degree of success but, to me, this track showed a maturity of sound that was evident in the earlier work. While only reaching number 4 on the Australian charts, it set a great platform for their number 1 hit a year or two later – I Want To Know What Love Is.