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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: (L-R) Musicians Wolfgang Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen perform onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Van Halen: “I’ll Wait”

The Hook: David Lee Roth says the lyrics were inspired by a Calvin Klein model.

Album: 1984

Year:
1984

Writers: Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth and Michael McDonald

Stats: Peaked at number-13 on the Billboard Hot 100

Background: “I’ll Wait” was the follow up to Van Halen’s only number-one single, “Jump.” Singer David Lee Roth explains what — or who — inspired its lyrics.

David Lee Roth on writing “I’ll Wait.” OC:…he jump. :22

“’I’ll Wait’ was written to the Calvin Klein girl, one of these beautiful vixens in, y’know, David Lee Roth in the valley of the ultra vixens. And this time she’s wearing Calvin Klein drawers. And I just kind of pinned it in front of the TV set and thought, ‘Well, now here’s a little bit more positive than why doesn’t he jump.”