Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley

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"Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley"
Single by Will to Power
from the album Will to Power
Released November 29, 1988
Format 7', 12', CD, K7
Recorded 1987, 1988
Genre Pop
Length 4:07
Label Epic
Writer(s) Peter Frampton
Allen Collins
Ronnie Van Zant
Producer(s) Bob Rosenberg
Will to Power singles chronology
"Say It's Gonna Rain"
(1988)
"Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley"
(1988)
"Fading Away"
(1989)

"Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley", subtitled "Free Baby", is a song by the American dance-pop band Will to Power. The song combines elements of two previously recorded rock songs: "Baby, I Love Your Way", a #12 Billboard Hot 100 hit from 1976 by the British-born singer Peter Frampton; and American Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "Free Bird", which hit #19 on the Hot 100 chart in 1975. Will to Power's medley of these two songs had more of a synthesized dance beat (as opposed to the rock ballad-like nature of the two original songs). It rose to #1 on the Hot 100 chart on December 3, 1988 (the last medley to do so on that chart) remaining there for one week.[1] It also peaked at #2 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.[2] Additionally, in the "Freebird" section, the line "and the bird you cannot change" in the original version was changed to "and this bird will never change".

In March and April 2009, VH1 ran a countdown of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. Will to Power's "Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley" placed at #97 on the countdown despite the group having another Top 10 hit, a cover version of the 1975 10cc hit "I'm Not in Love" (#7), in 1991.

Tracks[edit]

Netherlands 12 "Single
No. Title Length
1. "Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird"   4:07
2. "Anti-Social"   4:20
3. "Say It's Gonna Rain"   3:53

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988–1989) Peak
Position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 20
Canada The Record Top Singles[4] 1
Canada RPM Top Singles 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 18

[6]

Ireland (IRMA)[7] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 26

[9]

New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 1
UK (The Official Charts Company)[12] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[13] 2

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
US[14] Gold January 23, 1989 500,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 3, 1988
Succeeded by
"Look Away" by Chicago