Baby Girl (Sugarland song)
|Single by Sugarland|
|from the album Twice the Speed of Life|
|B-side||"Stand Back Up"|
|Released||July 12, 2004|
|Format||CD single, music download, airplay|
|Sugarland singles chronology|
"Baby Girl" is the debut single co-written and recorded by American country music group Sugarland. Originally Released in 2003 as part of Premium Quality Tunes, it was re-released in July 2004 as the first single from the album Twice the Speed of Life. The single reached a peak position of number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in April 2005. The song spent a total of 46 weeks on the country music charts, setting a new record for the longest chart run since the inception of Nielsen SoundScan digital chart tabulation in 1990. In addition, "Baby Girl" became the highest-peaking debut single for a country music group in 14 years. It was by Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush, Kristen Hall and Troy Bieser.
In a 2010 interview with Songfacts, Nettles stated that the song was autobiographical. She added: "It was not only autobiographical, but it was also a self-fulfilling prophecy in the sense that it was the first single, and it manifested itself in a way of showing that success. And granted, every artist – every person, really – can relate to having a dream and wanting to go after it, and wanting to make your folks proud, and having that be part of the joy of it. I know that for me, definitely a big part of the joy of my success is being able to share that enjoyment and that excitement with my family. And they're so proud. I love the story of that song and how it unfolded and how art definitely imitated life in that sense."
"Baby Girl" entered the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart at number 56 on the chart week of July 24, 2004. The single reached its peak position of number 2 on the chart week of April 2, 2005, a position that it held for two weeks. "Baby Girl" became the highest-charting debut single for a country group since 1991. It also set a new record for the longest chart run since the inception of Nielsen SoundScan in 1990, spending 46 weeks on the charts. Joel Whitburn's book Hot Country Songs 1944-2008 contradicts this record, citing Gary Allan's "Right Where I Need to Be" as the record-holder for this era with a 48-week run. In the same book, "Baby Girl" is tied with Diamond Rio's 2002 single "Beautiful Mess" and Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" as the second-longest chart run in this era, Underwood's chart run having come in 2006 and 2007. The song has sold 827,000 copies in the US as of April 2013.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||38|
|US Billboard Pop 100||64|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||7|
As listed in liner notes.
- Tom Bukovac – electric guitar
- Brandon Bush – organ
- Kristian Bush – mandolin, background vocals
- Chad Cromwell – drums
- Dan Dugmore – electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar
- Kristen Hall – acoustic guitar, background vocals
- Greg Morrow – tambourine
- Jennifer Nettles – lead vocals, background vocals
- Glenn Worf – bass guitar
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 410–411. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- Baby Girl Songfacts
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- Paul Grein (April 17, 2013). "Week Ending April 14, 2013. Songs: PSY Gallops Back". Yahoo Music (Chart Watch). Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- "Sugarland Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Sugarland.
- "Sugarland Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Sugarland.
- "Best of 2005: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2005. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- Twice the Speed of Life (Media notes). Sugarland. Mercury Records. 2004. -B0002172-02.