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Famous and Memorable Songs With Baby in the Title

I am a 2010 alumn of UNC Chapel Hill. My majors in college were Sociology and Communication Studies. I am a lifelong fan of pop culture.

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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

Genre: Pop

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

Genre: Pop

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

Genre: R&B

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)

Album: Frampton

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.

Don't Hesitate,

'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

Genre: R&B

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

Genre: Christian/Gospel

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

Genre: Pop

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"

"Baby"—Brandy (1994)

Album: Brandy

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"

Honorable Mentions

SongArtistRelease Year

"Baby Love"

The Supremes

1964

"B-A-B-Y"

Carla Thomas

1966

"Baby I Love You"

Aretha Franklin

1967

"Baby Come Back"

Player

1978

"Baby Got Back"

Sir Mix-a-Lot

1992

"Hey Baby"

No Doubt

2001

"Baby"

Ashanti

Ashanti

"Baby Boy"

Beyonce' and Sean Paul

2003

"Baby"

Fabolous

2005

"Baby"

LL Cool J

2008

Questions & Answers

Question: What song started "Baby, baby, baby"?

Answer: TLC's Baby Baby Baby

Question: Are there any new "Oh Baby, Baby" songs in 2018?

Answer: To my knowledge, no.

Question: Was there a hit song in 1984 with Baby in it?

Answer: No, not according to Billboard

Comments

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 02, 2015:

Thank you FlourishAway!

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 02, 2015:

A classic :)

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 02, 2015:

Thanks Vellur!

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 14, 2015:

Nicely done! I love your song list!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 14, 2015:

Great selection of songs! Baby, Baby by Amy Grant is my favorite!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 09, 2015:

Hit Me Baby One More Time! :)

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on May 23, 2013:

Thanks Nell :)!

Nell Rose from England on May 22, 2013:

Came back for another read and sing song! lol! voted up and shared, nell

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 19, 2013:

Hi Dreamseeker2,

I like the older songs too but the newer ones are just as catchy. Even though I dislike it severely, Justin Bieber's Baby is an instant earworm for me.

dreamseeker2 on February 19, 2013:

I really like the older 'baby' songs, like by Aretha Franklin and the Supremes. The Beach boys too!! Great tunes I grew up with. : ) There are a lot of them though, some I never knew of from recent artists. Great hub, had to vote it up!

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 19, 2013:

Hi Tillsontitan,

Totally forgot about the Four Tops- not on purpose but there's so many baby songs. Thanks for mentioning that! Thanks for coming by and commenting!

Mary Craig from New York on February 19, 2013:

We've been surrounded by these songs for a long time but never really thought about it. Great job Alecia. Glad you gave "Baby Love" an honorable mention. You can add "Baby I Need Your Lovin" by the Four Tops.

Voted up and interesting.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on January 19, 2013:

Hi Cyndi,

Thank you so much for the compliment. I feel bad for the Ronettes because while the song was memorable, they were one of many girl groups in that time competing for the spotlight. But it's hard to deny the power of Ronnie Spector. Thank you so much for coming by and commenting!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 19, 2013:

You have the coolest music hubs. You're world class when it comes to musical selections! I admit that I knew the song "Be My Baby" but I'm so bad at remembering the bands that play songs - now I'll remember the Ronettes. What a fun hub.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on November 02, 2012:

Hi Millionaire Tips,

I definitely won't try not to sing along. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!

Shasta Matova from USA on November 02, 2012:

There are a lot of songs with baby in the name. You've chosen some great ones. It is difficult to avoid singing along, but why try?. Voted up.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 30, 2012:

Thanks StephSev! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it :).

Stephanie Marie Severson from Atlanta, GA on October 30, 2012:

Thanks for an awesome hub. I voted up

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 30, 2012:

Hi Jools,

I agree Baby, Baby is a classic. And Brian Wilson is definitely a musical force of his own. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on October 30, 2012:

Great hub Alecia, my favourite is Baby, Baby by Amy Grant and Heart In Motion is a wonderful album. My second fave is 'Don't Worry Baby', Brian Wilson is a genius!

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 29, 2012:

Hi Stillwaters707,

Thanks for coming by and commenting!

stillwaters707 from Texas on October 28, 2012:

Alecia, you've covered a big span of time. Hubbers and readers of all ages can enjoy this hub. Smart!

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 28, 2012:

That song's a classic for sure :)! Thanks Sunshine!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 28, 2012:

Stopped by to make sure Peter Frampton was on the list, he is! :)

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 28, 2012:

I agree it's hard to compete with the Beach Boys :)! Thanks Michelle!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 28, 2012:

I love all the songs here. The harmonies of the Beach Boys are hard to beat...was what they were known for! Thanks so much for the share, and I share too.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 25, 2012:

MelChi,

1991 was not that long ago :). I barely remember that song not being around :). Thanks for coming by!

Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on October 25, 2012:

This was fun to read! Although, I feel very old now. I can't believe Amy Grant sang that in 1991. Gosh!! Great hub Alecia, thanks! :) Voted up!!

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 18, 2012:

Thanks BongSantos!

Jobb Gosamo from Philippines on October 18, 2012:

Oh, babies! I allow them to 'abuse' me. My patience never runs out on them. When they look back at me as I stare at them, I simply melt. This hub makes my already strong fondness of all babies even stronger. To me, all babies are beautiful. This is great, thanks.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 17, 2012:

Thanks Terrye!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on October 17, 2012:

I hadn't realized there were so many songs with the word "baby" in it. Great job, Alecia. Voted up and shared.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 17, 2012:

Thanks Cogerson! I'm going to have to consider going elsewhere for vids a lot of people are having trouble with YouTube. It seems like Britney's first hit really did a great job of making an impact- it's hard not to get it stuck in your head. And I love that Temptations song as well.

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on October 17, 2012:

Wow that is a lot of songs with the word Baby in it....tried to watch the videos but it kept coming up the message..."Video player is too small"....not sure if this is on my end or hubpages or you tube. I got a laugh when I was the Justin Bieber one....as he seems to be a baby himself....lol. I think my favorites that you listed are the Brittany Spears(I can not believe I am typing that) and the classic Since I Lost My Baby by the Temptations.

A fun hub to read and sadly not listen to ....voted up and awesome.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 17, 2012:

Thanks Alocsin- I don't know what's going on with YouTube.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on October 17, 2012:

This was certainly an entertaining trip back in time. The only song I was unfamiliar with was the Justin Bieber one, which tells you how old I am. BTW, the videos here were saying "Too small to play" when I clicked on them. But I was able to watch them through YouTube. Voting this Up and Useful.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 16, 2012:

Thanks Nell! Don't stay up too late singing :).

Nell Rose from England on October 15, 2012:

Great list Alecia, now I have most of them floating around my head now! lol! I will be singing all night! voted up! nell

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 15, 2012:

Thanks teaches12345!

Dianna Mendez on October 15, 2012:

I recognize many of these baby songs. I can recall when Amy Grant's song was popular with my group. Of course, the Supreme's really captured on their hit. Enjoyed this post, Alecia.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 15, 2012:

Thanks for coming by, commenting, and sharing kimberlie33!

Kimberlie Kacan from Brooklyn, NY on October 15, 2012:

I love this! Voted up and shared.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 15, 2012:

I'm glad you enjoyed the playlist unknown spy! I don't think I'll ever give up Baby One More Time :).

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 15, 2012:

Thanks for coming by and commenting agusfanani!

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 15, 2012:

Thanks and Hugs to you Baby's Momma :)! And hugs to Aunt Baby as well!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 15, 2012:

great list of songs Alecia..some them were my favorite way back. but i love britney until now.

agusfanani from Indonesia on October 15, 2012:

I'm not familiar with all those songs but I like how you present them in this hub.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 14, 2012:

HEY BABY, WHAT'S YOUR SIGN...?

OK, with my pooch being named Aunt Baby, she is convinced that Mommy sings all these songs purely for her pleasure... And I guess I do!

Alecia, BABY, this is one fine hub! Voted UP and across.

Hugs, Baby's Momma

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 14, 2012:

I appreciate that cfjots!

cfjots from Conway, SC on October 14, 2012:

You are welcome. I enjoy reading your articles.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 14, 2012:

Thanks so much cfjots for coming by and commenting!

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 14, 2012:

Thanks very much billybuc!

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 14, 2012:

Hey Sunshine! I know that song but since I saw it on Glee that time, I have a hard time even listening to it.

Alecia Murphy (author) from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 14, 2012:

Thanks Janine! I love the Ronnettes and the Beach Boys as well :).

cfjots from Conway, SC on October 13, 2012:

You made some fine selections . I enjoyed reading your article.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 13, 2012:

Any list with Frampton in it is a fine list indeed. Great idea for a hub; nice job my friend.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 13, 2012:

Excellent idea for a hub! How about "Having my Baby" by Paul Anka? One of my all time favorites from way back when.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on October 13, 2012:

I loved all the songs you picked through the years that had the word 'Baby' in the title, especially the Ronettes song and the Beach Boy song, too. Very interesting article indeed and have of course voted and shared all over too!!