Famous and Memorable Songs With Baby in the Title
Songs about babies are everywhere! Songs about babies have been around for a long time. Since the twentieth century, baby has been a slang term for loved ones who weren't actually newborns, infants, or toddlers. Even though babies are a growing minority, one thing is for sure, songs about babies (or with baby in their title) aren't going away. These songs are bound to get stuck in your head. In fact, I challenge you to read this article and not hum along!
Songs With Baby in the Title
- "Be My Baby"—The Ronettes (1963)
- "Don't Worry Baby"—The Beach Boys (1964)
- "Since I Lost My Baby"—The Temptations (1965)
- "Ooh Baby Baby"—Smokey Robinson and The Miracles (1965)
- "Baby, I Love Your Way"—Peter Frampton (1975)
- "Give It to Me Baby"—Rick James (1981)
- "Baby, Baby"—Amy Grant (1991)
- "Baby Baby Baby"—TLC (1992)
- "Baby"—Brandy (1994)
- "...Baby One More Time"—Britney Spears (1998)
- "Baby"—Justin Bieber (2010)
"Be My Baby"—The Ronettes (1963)
Album: Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
Even though The Ronettes have sadly become a footnote in the crazy life story of Phil Spector, their contribution to the legacy of modern pop music remains unvarnished.
"Be My Baby" is arguably one of the simplest and sweetest pop songs of all time. It also showcases Phil Spector's genuine talent as a producer in his ability to create a "wall of sound."
Brian Wilson, the genius behind the Beach Boys calls it the best pop song of all time. And at one time was said to have listened to "Be My Baby" in excess of one hundred times a day. He also wrote a male version of the song.
Rolling Stone named it #22 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Surprisingly, it only reached #2 on the Pop Charts. But, it will always be #1 for the fans.
So won't you, please, be my, be my baby
Be my little baby, my one and only baby
Say you'll be my darlin', be my, be my baby
Be my baby now, my one and only baby— The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"
"Don't Worry Baby"—The Beach Boys (1964)
Album: Shut Down Volume 2
If you are trying to remember the song Brian Wilson wrote in response to "Be My Baby," look no further. "Don't Worry Baby" is arguably one of the best Beach Boys songs of all time.
We should expect no less of Brian Wilson and his creative genius. Even though he tried to recreate Spector's "wall of sound" on this record, he was much more successful in carving his own path for the Beach Boys.
Featuring the group's trademark harmonies with Brian Wilson on lead vocals, this song is hard to ignore. Just listening to it makes me feel like I am in the middle of a Frankie and Annette movie.
But she looks in my eyes
And makes me realize
And she says "don't worry, baby"
Don't worry, baby— The Beach Boys, "Don't Worry Baby"
"Since I Lost My Baby"—The Temptations (1965)
Album: The Temptin' Temptations
The Temptations could do no wrong in their Motown heyday in the mid-'60s. David Ruffin (arguably the originator of hipster glasses) led the Tempts to chart success on many iconic hits such as "My Girl."
"Since I Lost My Baby" was not one of their biggest hits, but it has all the markings of a classic Motown song. Written by Smokey Robinson and Norman Moore, it is impossible to get it out of your head.
Released in 1965, it became a top twenty single on both the pop and R&B charts.
Sun a-shining, there's plenty of life
A new day is dawning sunny and bright
But after I've been crying all night the sun is cold
And the new day seems old— The Temptations, "Since I Lost My Baby"
"Ooh Baby Baby"—Smokey Robinson and The Miracles (1965)
Album: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles LIVE!
Genre: Classic soul
Smokey Robinson has a knack for creating iconic pop songs. He was one of the go-to writers at Motown, helping to write some memorable hits. Still, he managed to find time to create and perform with his own group, The Miracles.
In 1965, Smokey and The Miracles gave us one of the best baby songs of all time in "Ooh Baby Baby." He won the public's affection in admitting he did wrong and trying to change (not to mention that falsetto of his that never gets old).
Listeners ate it up. The song soared to #4 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and #16 on the Hot 100 chart. It also became one of the most covered songs by Smokey and The Miracles. Everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Linda Ronstadt recorded and released their own versions of the song.
Ooo la la la la
I did you wrong my heart went out to play
But in the game I lost you
What a price to pay, hey I'm crying— Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, "Ooh Baby Baby"
"Baby, I Love Your Way"—Peter Frampton (1975)
Genre: Classic rock
Whether it was on the dance floor with the Bee Gees, or with the late great Marvin Gaye, most songs from the '70s were about getting your groove. However, there were some pretty memorable love songs that arose in that era.
Peter Frampton (guitar guru and teen idol) definitely gave us one for the ages with "Baby, I Love Your Way." This is the kind of a song that makes you want to hold your cell phones up and sway to the groove.
The song was initially featured on Frampton's 1975 album Frampton, but it did not gain popularity until he released it on the classic live album Frampton Comes Alive.
The song became a hit again in 1994, when reggae outfit Big Mountain released a cover version that was on the soundtrack for the iconic '90s film Reality Bites.
'Cause your love won't wait
Ooh baby I love your way,
I Wanna tell you I love your way— Peter Frampton, "Baby, I Love Your Way"
"Give It to Me Baby"—Rick James (1981)
Album: Street Songs
Rick James is the father of the Punk-Funk movement. For those of you who are not familiar with this sub genre, it was created by Rick James in the late 1970s during the height of the punk movement. In reality, it mimics the sentiment and attitude of punk and has all the groove and appeal of funk—hence the name.
In the early 1980s, Rick James hit his stride, releasing his landmark album Street Songs at Motown. The album featured many classic cuts, such as "In the Ghetto" and "Super Freak," but "Give It To Me Baby" took punk funk to a whole other level.
It took off as a club classic and hit the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. But it charted the most time at #1 on the R&B chart.
Not one for subtlety, Rick James spells it out and makes us dance all at once.
C'mon girl, give it to me baby
Give it to me baby
Give it to me baby (give it to me baby), I betcha
I'll make you hot till you've had enough— Rick James, "Give It to Me Baby"
"Baby, Baby"—Amy Grant (1991)
Album: Heart in Motion
The 1990s arguably represented the renaissance of baby songs in pop music. And some songs more than others had an impact.
Amy Grant had had a number of hits, but she wanted a smash to launch the concept album Heart In Motion. She and songwriter Keith Thomas crafted this song on Thomas's condition that the song be called "Baby, Baby." Grant initially struggled until she found some real inspiration.
Ironically, after struggling to get started, she wrote the entire song in just ten minutes after seeing her six week old daughter, Millie. In fact, Millie went with Amy all the way to the Grammys when she was nominated for three awards. She lost, but she had the joy of sharing the stage with Millie when she performed at the ceremony.
I dare you to hear this song and not have it stuck in your head. I dare you!
Stop for a minute
Baby, they're so glad you're mine, oh yeah
And ever since the day you put my heart in motion
Baby I realize that there's just no getting over you— Amy Grant, "Baby, Baby"
"Baby Baby Baby"—TLC (1992)
Album: Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
Twenty years ago, TLC made a grand entrance into pop music! Baggy shorts and condom eyewear aside, they still believed in love and romance. Written by L.A. Reid, Babyface, and Daryl Simmons, "Baby Baby Baby" became the most popular single off their debut album.
The song is about a perspective suitor who does not think he has to work that hard to win the affections of a woman. However, T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chili set him straight.
Inspiration for the song actually came from Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and her then-boyfriend Andre Rison (the same guy whose house she later burned down). Apparently the two of them always called each other baby as a term of endearment. After hearing about this in the studio, Babyface and company created the song.
Baby, baby, baby
I got so much love in me
Oh baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby— TLC, "Baby Baby Baby"
Genre: Contemporary R&B
Brandy was a teen idol and, as a dancer, singer, and producer, she was truly a triple threat. And, in 1994, she burst on the scene with several hit singles. Her second single was the one that put her on the map.
Written by the team of Keith Crouch, Kipper Jones, and Rashaan Patterson the song was created in a few days and once Brandy heard it—she knew it was magic.
The song was released and quickly shot to the top of the chart. It hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was #1 on the R&B and hip-hop singles charts for four weeks running.
Accompanied by a Hype Williams directed video set on Broadway, it is arguably the song that defined the mid 1990s teen music scene.
Baby baby baby baby
You know that you're so fine
Baby baby baby baby
Think about you all the time— Brandy, "Baby"
"...Baby One More Time"—Britney Spears (1998)
Album: ...Baby One More Time
Genre: Teen pop, Pop
It was the song that launched a thousand midriffs. But back in 1998, it was the song that launched Britney Spears into superstardom.
Penned by pop music genius Max Martin and co-produced by Martin, Denniz Pop, and Rami Yacoub, it was initially intended for TLC. But, after it was passed on by them, it fell into the hands of Britney (who was only 16 at the time).
Britney, who had initially wanted to make more organic pop music, fell in love with this song after six months of lackluster material being thrown her way. Once the song was recorded, the label heard it and decided to make it the first single of her debut album. Britney agreed, as long as she could have a great video as well.
Nigel Dick helmed fell in love with the song and agreed to direct the video. Nigel wanted the video to be a cartoon, but Britney strongly disagreed and chose to go with the live action schoolgirl theme instead. With that decision, she became part of pop culture history and "Baby One More Time" became (and remains) Spears' biggest single to date.
Oh baby, baby
How was I supposed to know
That something wasn't right here
Oh baby, baby
I shouldn't have let you go
And now you're out of sight, yeah— Britney Spears, "...Baby One More Time"
"Baby"—Justin Bieber (2010)
Album: My World 2.0
Genre: Teen pop
Justin Bieber was a teenage wunderkind who was poised to become one of the biggest pop stars of the twenty-first century. After getting the attention of both Usher and Justin Timberlake, he signed with Usher and went from putting videos on YouTube to making global hits.
In early 2010, his career was just getting started when he released "Baby," the first single from the second half of his debut album, My World 2.0. He decided to feature Ludacris on the song. It was only a matter of time before the world caught Bieber fever.
Interestingly, this song did not hit #1 in Bieber's native Canada or in the U.S. However, it did hit #1 in France and Scotland. That said, I'm sure the Biebs didn't care, since the song has managed to garner over three million downloads and a staggering 787 million views on YouTube. Oh, baby! Now that's a lot of cash!
And I was like baby, baby, baby oh
Like baby, baby, baby no
Like baby, baby, baby oh
I thought you'd always be mine (mine)— Justin Bieber, "Baby"
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