"Let's Wait Awhile" is the fifth single from Janet's third album "Control." The single was released on January 6, 1987 in the United States and on March 9, 1987 in the United Kingdom.
The song was written by Janet, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Melanie Andrews & produced by Janet, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. It was the first song Janet Jackson produced.
The song can be interpreted as an anthem to sexual abstinence as it was successful during the height of the AIDS pandemic.
In Brazil, "Let's Wait Awhile" became a successful international theme of the soundtrack of the Globo TV telenovela "Brega Chique" in 1987.
The video was directed by Dominic Sena and takes place in New York as Janet & her boyfriend (portrayed by actor/martial artist Taimak Guarriello) go out on a date. Janet's boyfriend wants to end the evening by taking their relationship a step further, but she wants to wait until they are both ready.
|Australian Kent Music Report||21|
|Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)||15|
|Canadian Singles Chart||11|
|Dutch Top 40||16|
|German Singles Chart||34|
|Irish Singles Chart||4|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||26|
|Swiss Singles Chart||27|
|UK Singles Chart||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||2|
|End-of-year chart (1987)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||48|
The song was certified Silver by the BPI.