When the producers of NBC's hit sitcom The Good Place needed to pick a tune to punish tortured souls, they thought of Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" -- an idea that got a thumbs-up from Richard himself.
Marx tells New York magazine he got an E-mail saying the hit would be used to answer the question “What songs would demons play to inspire them to uncharted depths of evil?”
He thought it was a great idea, saying, "My manager called me like, ‘Dude, you can’t let them use your song that way!’ I said, ‘Look, this song will be 30 years old next year. Tens of millions of people have bought it, sung it, I’ve had widows of soldiers tell me it was "their song" ... Do you really think some fictional character on a TV show making a joke about it affects that?’
“I have a huge sense of humor about myself, so I thought, [Screw] it. Maybe some kid watching this show will hear it and go look it up on YouTube and end up loving it. That song is immensely bigger than a 10-second gag on a sitcom.”