#72 – Richard Marx – “Right Here Waiting” – (1989)

Check out the cover art of Repeat Offender. Richard Marx looks like a cross between John Cougar Mellencamp and Billy Ray Cyrus. Cheap shots at his appearance aside, Richard Marx was a Billboard powerhouse near the end of the 80s. “Right Here Waiting” was his third #1 single on the Hot 100. Power ballads were just hitting their maximum worst at about this time and this one really avoids most of the clichés. It’s way more soft rock and adult contemporary – which is its saving grace. It was his final #1 (is it safe to assume he’s done?) but certainly not his last hit.