Baby Baby (Amy Grant song)

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"Baby Baby"
Single by Amy Grant
from the album Heart in Motion
Released January 18, 1991 (1991-01-18)
Format 7", cassette, CD
Recorded Spring 1990 at The Bennet House, Franklin, TN
Quad Studio, Nashville, TN
Genre Pop
Length 3:57
Label A&M
Writer(s) Keith Thomas, Amy Grant
Producer(s) Keith Thomas
Amy Grant singles chronology
"'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus"
(1989)
"Baby Baby"
(1991)
"Hope Set High"
(1991)
Music video
"Baby Baby" on YouTube

"Baby Baby" is a pop song by American recording artist Amy Grant, issued as the first single from her album Heart in Motion. The song was written by Keith Thomas and Grant. It was released on January 18, 1991 through A&M Records and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks in April, 1991, becoming the first in a string of hits from Heart in Motion.

Background[edit]

The music was written by Keith Thomas. Grant always knew the song would be a smash hit, and was begging Thomas to sing the song.[1] He agreed with the only condition that the song's title must be "Baby Baby". Grant had a hard time writing the lyrics, because her early attempts to write a romantic-sounding lyric to a song with such title came off sounding like "some overgrown football jock with no vocabulary trying desperately to be romantic".[2] But one day, after having seen her six-week old daughter Millie, she said to herself: "Oh, baby baby". As a result, the lyrics were written in about ten minutes in her kitchen. In the Heart in Motion booklet there are words: This song is dedicated to Millie, whose six-week-old face was my inspiration. Millie would also appear on stage during Grant's performance at the 34th Grammy Awards.

Composition[edit]

The first 30 seconds of Amy Grant's "Baby Baby"

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The song is almost four minutes in length and is composed in the key of F-sharp major, set in the time signature of 4/4 common time with a moderate tempo. In the middle of the song, the key is changed to G-sharp major, then for a short amount of time goes back to F-sharp major and ends with G-sharp major after all. Grant's vocal range spans from F2♯ to D4♯. The song consists of three different verses that are interrupted by a bridge stop for a minute! baby i'm so glad you're mine. Lyrically, the song praises that special someone and expresses love that started since the day her heart was "put in motion". The chorus is the source of the album's title: and ever since the day you put my heart in motion, baby i realized that there's just no getting over you. It fades out with the words:
don't stop giving love
don't stop, no
(baby i'm so glad)
glad that you're mine
baby i'm glad

Chart performance[edit]

"Baby Baby" was Amy Grant's biggest hit since her 1986 duet with Peter Cetera, "The Next Time I Fall." In the United States, "Baby Baby" became Grant's second number-one hit on the pop charts and her first as a solo artist, topping the Billboard Hot 100 (replacing Wilson Phillips' "You're in Love" from the top spot) and Adult Contemporary charts for two and three weeks, respectively. It also made Grant the first Christian pop singer to have a number-one single in the US.[3] The single reached the Top Ten in ten countries, in addition to reaching #11 in Switzerland. In Britain, "Baby Baby" was the singer's first (and only) Top Five hit in that country, reaching #2. In the end, "Baby Baby" proved to be Grant's biggest hit and one of the most successful singles of 1991.

Music video[edit]

Development and release[edit]

Grant singing and dancing along with her lover

A music video was directed by D.J. Webster.[4] The video was edited by Scott C. Wilson.

According to Webster, the video's main idea was to create a picture of the relationship that everybody wants.[4] Grant added, "I think when you get film where there is a good sense of humor and mutual respect and people are just having a good time, everybody wants a piece of that".[4] Its beginning features Grant receiving attention from other men, and her staying loyal to her lover, portrayed by model Jme Stein (who also appeared in her other video from that album "Good for Me"). At some point Stein is seen singing along with Grant and at the end lip-syncing to the words "Baby I'm so glad". The rest of the video is all about the couple having fun together.

Release and reception[edit]

The video first aired in March 1991, although MTV didn't air it until it was too popular not to.[5] A music critic J.D. Considine praised the video, writing that "the Baby Baby clip defines the way most of us imagine her. It was hardly typical video fare, with no special effects or exotic locales; all it offered was Grant and a good-looking guy cavorting and acting cute as she lip-synced to the song. Yet there was something genuinely appealing about the image it conveyed, something that made viewers want to see the thing again".[4] It received a nomination for Best Female Video at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)".

It's available on the 1992 VHS The Heart In Motion Video Collection and 2004 DVD Greatest Videos 1986-2004. A live performance is available on the 2006 DVD Time Again… Amy Grant Live.

Track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Heart in Motion booklet.[6]

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"You're in Love" by Wilson Phillips
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 27, 1991 - May 4, 1991 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Joyride" by Roxette


Legacy[edit]

Grant appeared on Monday Night Football in a promotional music video for "Baby Baby" that featured new lyrics custom-made for the night's game. "Baby Baby" was covered by The Swirling Eddies on the 1996 album Sacred Cows. It was covered by Alana D on the Mr. & Mrs. Smith soundtrack. It is also featured in the 2004 film Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. It was also briefly referenced in the 30 Rock episode "Queen of Jordan" where it was derided as "white nonsense". The song is referenced in Grant's 1997 Got Milk? ad.

The song is heard in the Only Fools and Horses episode Miami Twice when Del Boy and Rodney arrive in the night club they go to in Miami

"Baby Baby" received three Grammy nominations for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year, but lost in all three categories to Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About" and Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable", respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Life is the same for Amy Grant". The Mount Airy News (Nashville, Tennessee: Heartland Publications, LLC). Associated Press. May 14, 1991. p. 11. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred (1997). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Billboard Books. p. 785. ISBN 978-0-8230-7641-3. 
  3. ^ Nager, Larry (August 1, 1991). "Modern gospel crawls up charts". The Vindicator (The Vindicator Printing Co.). p. D3. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d Considine, J. D. (September 4, 1994). "A matter of perception". The Spokesman-Review (Cowles Publishing Company). p. 6. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Morse, Steve (May 17, 1991). "Amy Grant crosses over". The Boston Globe (The New York Times Company). ISSN 0743-1791. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ Heart in Motion (Liner Notes [CD, Album]). Amy Grant. EMI Records. 1991. 0946 3 96796 2 1. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Amy Grant – Baby Baby". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Amy Grant – Baby Baby – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
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  10. ^ "Dance/Urban - Volume 53, No. 26, June 01 1991". RPM. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 53, No. 25, May 25, 1991". RPM. Retrieved July 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 28, 1991" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Amy Grant – Baby Baby" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Amy Grant – Baby Baby". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Amy Grant – Baby Baby". VG-lista.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Amy Grant – Baby Baby". Singles Top 60.
  19. ^ "Amy Grant – Baby Baby – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Amy Grant Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Amy Grant.
  22. ^ "Amy Grant Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Amy Grant.
  23. ^ "Amy Grant Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Amy Grant.
  24. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 55, No. 3, December 21, 1991". RPM. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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