Seasons (Waiting on You)

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"Seasons (Waiting on You)"
Future Islands Seasons.jpg
Single by Future Islands
from the album Singles
B-side "One Day"
Released February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)
Format
Recorded August 2013 at Dreamland Studios
(Hurley, New York)
Genre Synthpop, electronic rock
Length 3:46
Label 4AD
Songwriter(s)
  • William Cashion
  • Samuel T. Herring
  • J. Gerrit Welmers
Producer(s) Chris Coady
Future Islands singles chronology
"Tomorrow" / "The Fountain"
(2012)
"Seasons (Waiting on You)"
(2014)
"A Dream of You and Me"
(2015)

"Tomorrow" / "The Fountain"
(2012)
"Seasons (Waiting on You)"
(2014)
"A Dream of You and Me"
(2015)
Music video
"Seasons (Waiting on You)" on YouTube

"Seasons (Waiting on You)" is a song by American synthpop band Future Islands. It is the opening track on their fourth studio album Singles, and was released as the album's lead single on February 4, 2014.[1] The song received much critical acclaim, topping The Village Voice's annual year-end Pazz & Jop critics' poll[2] and also being named the best track of 2014 by publications such as NME,[3] Pitchfork Media,[4] and Spin.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Songs of 2014[6] 1
Pitchfork The 100 Best Tracks of 2014[7] 1
Pazz & Jop Single of the Year 2014[8] 1
Spin The 101 Best Songs of 2014[9] 1
NME Top 50 Tracks of 2014[10] 1
PopMatters The 75 Best Songs of 2014[11] 2
Drowned in Sound 40 Favourite Songs of 2014[12] 4
Slant Magazine The 25 Best Singles of 2014[13] 8
Paste The 50 Best Songs of 2014[14] 8
Rolling Stone 50 Best Songs of 2014[15] 9
American Songwriter Top 50 Songs of 2014[16] 14
Triple J Triple J Hottest 100, 2014 23[citation needed]
Pitchfork The 200 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)[17] 123

Live performances[edit]

The band's performance of the song on Late Show with David Letterman became an internet hit[18] due to frontman Samuel T. Herring's visual and vocal performance, which including elaborate and angular dance moves and death metal-style growls. Herring also put on a similarly unusual performance during the band's performance of the song on Later... with Jools Holland.[19]

Track listing[edit]

  • 7-inch single[1]
  1. "Seasons (Waiting on You)" – 3:46
  2. "One Day" – 4:27
  • Digital download (remix)[20]
  1. "Seasons (Waiting on You)" (BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation) – 3:43

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[21] 50
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[22] 25
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[23] 50
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[24] 27
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[25] 37

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[1][20] February 4, 2014 7" vinyl 4AD Records
June 30, 2014 Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Seasons (Limited Edition)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Village Voice's 42nd Pazz & Jop Music Critics' Poll: The Last Word on the Year in Music (Singles)". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "NME's Top 50 Tracks Of 2014". NME. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Tracks of 2014". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "The 101 Best Songs of 2014". Spin. December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 Songs of 2014". Consequence of Sound. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "The 100 Best Tracks of 2014". Pitchfork. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Single of the Year 2014". Pazz & Jop. The Village Voice. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "The 101 Best Songs of 2014". Spin. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 Tracks of 2014". NME. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "The 75 Best Songs of 2014". PopMatters. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "40 Favourite Songs of 2014". Drowned in Sound. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "The 25 Best Singles of 2014". Slant Magazine. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "The 50 Best Songs of 2014". Paste. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2014". Rolling Stone. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Top 50 Songs of 2014". American Songwriter. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "The 200 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)". Pitchfork. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK4lD3Uf8_o
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Uhf3gM1m0
  20. ^ a b "Seasons (Waiting On You) [BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation] – Single by Future Islands". iTunes Store. United States: Apple. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting on You)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  22. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  23. ^ "Future Islands Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  24. ^ "Future Islands Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  25. ^ "Future Islands Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2015.