"'''I Don't Want to Wait'''" is a song written, performed and produced by Paula Cole. It was Cole's second single from her album This Fire and later served as the opening theme for the TV series ''Dawson's Creek. The single ranked #10 on the 1998 Billboard Hot 100 singles chart year-end summary. The single spent the most consecutive weeks in the top 50 without cracking the top 10, just missing out at #11. The single, with a 56-week-long run, is among the list of the 32 songs in the history of the Billboard'' Hot 100 to have had a chart run longer than 50 weeks.
VH1 ranked it as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s at #81.
- Category: 1997 singles
- Category: Billboard Adult Top 40 number-one singles
- Category: Paula Cole songs
- Category: Television theme songs
- Category: Warner Bros. Records singles
- album: This Fire (album)
- artist-vocal: d3ba9251-215f-4ef3-a6de-8aa256b9c30c
- genre: Pop rock
- genre: Soft rock
- musicalArtist: Paula Cole
- musicalBand: Paula Cole
- performer: Paula Cole
- previousWork: Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?
- producer: Paula Cole
- record label: Warner Bros. Records
- recordLabel: Warner Bros. Records
- releaseDate: 19971014
- subsequentWork: Me (Paula Cole song)
- writer: Paula Cole