Louise's due date was today... but as I write, there's no sign of the newest addition to our family. And so, we're waiting... just like these guys...
10. Jack Johnson - Sitting, Wishing, Waiting
Look up "laid back" in the dictionary. If there isn't a picture of Jack Johnson, I'd buy a new dictionary.
9. Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You
No, I'm not kidding.
When I first considered this Top Ten... this was the first track I thought of.
Child of the 80s!
8. Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip - Waiting For The Beat To Kick In…
I learnt a new initialism the other day. IDM: Intenillgent Dance Music. The only kind I'm remotely interested in. This track begins like many rap records, focusing heavily on the chorus and rhymes... and then, Scroob' goes off-message and starts telling us about a crazy dream he had. Mesmerising.
Now I'm sure you've had times when you've felt down or angry,7. Noah & The Whale - Waiting for My Chance to Come
Wanted to lash out, punch a wall and be manly,
But the question I pose now will offer you a plan B,
And maybe some peace and quiet for your friends and family,
How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood,
And then just be... in... a good mood?
That's all I have to say because it's a straight up fact,
You control your emotions it's as simple as that".
One of my favourites by the band that named themselves after director Noah Baumbach and his movie The Squid & The Whale.
6. The Kinks - Tired Of Waiting For You
Ray is proper fed up.
5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?
As with a lot of Nick Cave records, this rewards repeated listening, taking us deeper and deeper into the story the more we here it.
4. The Stone Roses - What the World Is Waiting For
As with most Ian Brown lyrics, I've no idea what this is all about. Donkeys, wise men, the promised land... sorted. Take me any way the wind blows...
3. The Doors - Waiting For The Sun
I'd placed this lower down the chart until I remembered that crashing guitar riff... wow.
2. Diana Ross - I'm Still Waiting
An unrequited childhood romance leads Diana into heartbreak... and she's still waiting.
1. Billy Bragg - Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards
No other song sums up everything that's great about Billy Bragg like this - the relationship angst, the outspoken politics, the clever wordplay, the self-deprecating wit... it's crammed full of quotable lines. (One of my favourite T-shirts reads 'The revolution is just a T-shirt away'.) And every time Billy performs it live, he updates the lyrics. Beam me up, Scotty!
Mixing pop and politics
He asks me what the use is
I offer him embarrasment and my usual excuses
While looking down the corridor
Out to where the van is waiting
I'm looking for the great leap forwards
So many great waiting songs, one Top Ten just wasn't enough. If Louise and I are still waiting later in the week, I'll post Volume 2. If you're still waiting for your favourite, you might find it there.
However, if our waiting is rewarded in the meantime... you'll have to wait.