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"Missing You" is a song co-written and recorded by English musician John Waite. It was released in June 1984 as the lead single from his second album, No Brakes. It reached #1 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks and on the Hot 100 as well as #9 on the UK Singles Chart. "Missing You" was the only record from 1984 to spend only one week at the top of the Hot 100. The song was nominated for the 1985 Best Pop Vocal Performance Male Grammy Award.

"Missing You"
John Waite - Missing You.jpg
Single by John Waite
from the album No Brakes
B-side"For Your Love"
ReleasedJune 1984
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette, CD
RecordedFebruary 1984
GenreSoft rock[1][2]
Songwriter(s)John Waite, Mark Leonard, Charles Sandford
Producer(s)John Waite, David Thoener, Gary Gersh
John Waite singles chronology
"Going to the Top"
"Missing You"

Waite re-recorded the song with country/bluegrass artist Alison Krauss which appeared on her album A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection, and released it to country music radio in 2007. The re-recording peaked at #34 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The original recording has been featured in the films, Selena (1997) and Warm Bodies (2013),[3] the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and the TV series Miami Vice (from the episode, "Heart of Darkness", originally aired September 28, 1984),[4] as well as in the comedy sitcom Rules of Engagement, in a scene at the diner where there is a flashback of Timmy and Russell's best moments together (season 7, episode "A Wee Problem", originally aired on 6 May 2013). It also appears in the film 22 Jump Street (2014) during the montage where main characters Schmidt and Jenko begin to miss each other after going their separate ways following a fight.

The song is mentioned by Sheila Weller as describing O. J. Simpson's obsession with Nicole Brown Simpson and is the inspiration for the title of her book Raging Heart.[5]



The song is a soft rock track. It is performed in the key of G major with a tempo of 104 beats per minute in common time. Waite's vocals span from G4 to C5 in the song.[6]

Lyric summaryEdit

In the verses/bridge, the singer describes how much he misses his ex-lover, while in the chorus, he lies to himself and vehemently denies missing them. The opening line "Every time I think of you"[7] is the title of the song by Waite's group the Babys.[8]

Music videoEdit

The music video was written/directed/produced by Kort Falkenberg III and was actually filmed in Los Angeles during the summer of 1984. Although some people understandably have mistaken the street scene for New York City or London, the director intentionally looked for a location in downtown Los Angeles where there was "no Stucco" on the walls which would have been a dead giveaway that it was shot in the southwest U.S. He wanted it to look neutral and not be identifiable as any particular city.

To start the clip, John Waite is sitting in a chair, and after seeing a picture of a woman with whom he is still in love, he, frustrated, slaps the lamp above him causing it to swing back and forth and begins to sing the song. When he opens his bedroom door, a woman playfully jumps into his arms and they embrace falling back onto the bed. Later, Waite watches through a crack in the door as the woman angrily throws her clothes into her suitcase. She pushes through the door to leave him and it hits him in the face full force as she storms past him, away. Pained at her emotional and physical assault, he sadly remembers being at one of her photo shoots. Trying to be cool, Waite leans on a lighting stand but misses and stumbles. Seeing this, she lovingly laughs at his fumbling. Back to the present, Waite tries to call her from a phone booth, but when the woman finally picks up the phone, her only connection is to a dangling phone in an empty phone booth. Waite is gone. He laments about "I ain't missin' you at all" as he walks down the city street only to see a picture of the woman on a newspaper. He goes into a bar. There, an older woman slides onto the stool next to him and tries to flirt with him, but for sheer sorrow shows he is not interested and then goes home again still pining for the woman. He tries again to call her but his anger and frustration gets the better of him and he smashes the phone into pieces. When she finally comes to his door and knocks, he doesn't answer, as he doesn't hear her knock over the music playing on his earphones he had put on just before her first knock. She leans against the door gently touching it and, with a deep breath, she turns and leaves as tears flow down her face.[9]


Versions and mixesEdit

  • Extended version – 6:59 (Mixed & edited by Jellybean)
  • Album version – 4:25
  • Single version – 4:01

There are some slight variations between the album version that appears on No Brakes and the single version that was released to both video and radio stations. In the album version at the beginning of the song, John can be heard repeating the phrase "Missing You" several times. This is absent in the single version, however, an added synthesizer can be heard on the left channel when John is singing the chorus on the single version along with several echo effects of John's voice.

Charts and certificationsEdit

Tina Turner versionEdit

"Missing You"
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Wildest Dreams
B-side"The Difference Between Us"
ReleasedJuly 25, 1996
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)John Waite, Mark Leonard, Charles Sandford
Producer(s)Trevor Horn
Tina Turner singles chronology
"On Silent Wings"
"Missing You"
"Something Beautiful Remains"

This song was also recorded by Tina Turner in 1996, and was released as the third single from the album Wildest Dreams. When Waite's original version of "Missing You" topped Billboard's Hot 100 in late 1984, it ended the reign of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It". Turner's version of Waite's "Missing You" hit No. 12 in the UK and No. 84 in the U.S in 1996.

The single "Missing You" included an edited single version of the track, an alternative mix and certain formats also the European non-album track "The Difference Between Us", later featured on the U.S. edition of the Wildest Dreams album. The B-side of the U.S. edition of the CD single was the non-album track "Do Something" which was the B-side of the UK single for "On Silent Wings".

Versions and mixesEdit

  • European album version – 4:36
  • U.S. album version – 4:40
  • Single edit – 4:02
  • Alternate mix – 4:04

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Peter Lindbergh and premiered in mid-1996.


Chart (1996) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[34] 3
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[35] 70
France (Official France Charts)[36] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[37] 66
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[38] 14
Poland (Official Poland Charts)[36] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[39] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[40] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[41] 84
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[42] 16

E'voke versionEdit

"Missing You"
Single by E'voke
Released28 December 1998
FormatCD, Cassette, 12" vinyl, Digital download
LabelPulse8, WEA, Pinball records
Songwriter(s)John Waite, Mark Leonard, Charles Sandford
Producer(s)Barry Leng & Duncan Hannant

This song was also recorded by E'voke in 1997 following their departure from Manifesto Records. James Rudolph provided a rap on the single and as with the previous single "Arms of Loren", there were Steinway and Nip N Tuck remixes (the only version of the Nip N Tuck remix ever released was labelled an edit despite being the full version of the remix). Two promotional CDs were released before Pulse8 went bankrupt. The track was picked up by WEA who commissioned remixes by Metro and Echobeatz (the Echobeatz remix featuring on WEA's 1998 Summer Sampler) with the track scheduled for release in October 1998.[43] The release was pushed back with two new radio edits being promo-ed including a "Christmas version" and a new release date of 14 December 1998.[44]

A video was issued which would later be released to iTunes in 2011 (a video with the Christmas version dubbed over it was also released).[45] The track was finally released on 28 December 1998[46] and failed to chart. Following this E'voke split up though the CD2 track listing would be released digitally with Pinball records issuing the CD1 track listing on iTunes in 2011. It is unknown if "Missing You" in an original or remixed form will be on the E'voke album due in 2014.


  • Radio Edit 3:43 (on the Pulse8 promo only)
  • Nip N Tuck Edit 7:37
  • Steinway Mix 5:34
  • Steinway Mix Radio Edit 3:51
  • Instrumental 3:42 (on the Pulse8 promo only)
  • Extended Radio Mix 5:05 (on the Pulse8 promo only)
  • Park & Ride Mix 6:28 (on the Pulse8 promo only)
  • Round The Block Mix 6:47 (on the Pulse8 promo only)
  • Metro Radio Mix 4:20
  • R&B Mix Edit 3:59
  • Christmas Edit 4:18
  • Echobeatz Mix 6:41 (12" release only)

Brooks & Dunn versionEdit

"Missing You"
Single by Brooks & Dunn
from the album Tight Rope
B-side"The Trouble with Angels"
ReleasedAugust 2, 1999
FormatCD single, 7"
LabelArista Nashville – 13179
Songwriter(s)John Waite, Mark Leonard, Charles Sandford
Producer(s)Kix Brooks
Ronnie Dunn
Byron Gallimore
Brooks & Dunn singles chronology
"South of Santa Fe"
"Missing You"
"Beer Thirty"

This song was also recorded by American country music group Brooks & Dunn and was released in August 1999 as the lead single from the album Tight Rope. Their version peaked at No. 6 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks, No. 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and reached No. 75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Deaton Flanigen and premiered in mid-1999.


"Missing You" peaked at number 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts for the week of December 18, 1999.

Chart (1999) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[47] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[48] 75
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[49] 15[50]

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[51] 63


Waite re-recorded the song in 2007 as a duet with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. This re-recording was included on Waite's album Downtown: Journey of a Heart and Krauss's A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection, both released via Rounder Records. The rendition spent 21 weeks on Hot Country Songs between December 2006 and mid-2007, peaking at number 34.[52]

John Waite and Alison KraussEdit

Chart (2006-2007) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[53] 34

Other versionsEdit

  • In 1992, Australian pop band Smudge recorded a version for their "Superhero" EP featuring Evan Dando on backing vocals.
  • In 1993, Mexican pop-rock singer Flavio César recorded a version in Spanish called "Pienso en Tí", in her album Flavio César (1993), produced by Carlos Lara, by then, the music manager and producer of Ricky Martin and Lynda Thomas; it was released as a single in early 1993, later in 1994, it was the end credits theme from the high-rated soap opera Agujetas de color de rosa.
  • In 1994, American singer-songwriter David Wilcox released an acoustic version on his album Big Horizon.
  • In 1997, Italian singer-songwriter Paola Turci included a version in Italian called Mi manchi tu in her album Oltre le nuvole.
  • In 2006, Tyler Hilton recorded the song, as did Rod Stewart, for his cover album Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time.
  • In 2010, singer-songwriter Orianthi recorded her own version.
  • In 2012, singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave recorded the song for Depending on the Distance.
  • Funk supergroup Cameo frequently covers the song when performing live as a tribute to the influence Waite had on the band.
  • In 2017, Canadian country music singer Kira Isabella released a version as a single.

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