I'm Your Baby Tonight (song)

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"I'm Your Baby Tonight"
Single by Whitney Houston
from the album I'm Your Baby Tonight
B-side Feels So Good
Released September 28, 1990
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, Video promo
Recorded 1989
Elumba Recording
(Los Angeles, CA)
1990
Axis Studios
(New York City, NY)
Genre R&B, new jack swing, dance-pop, soul
Length 4:59 (album version)
4:19 (video version)
4:10 (remix)
Label Arista
Writer(s) L.A. Reid, Babyface
Producer(s) L.A. Reid, Babyface
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be"
(1989)
"I'm Your Baby Tonight"
(1990)
"All the Man That I Need"
(1990)
I'm Your Baby Tonight track listing
"I'm Your Baby Tonight"
(1)
"My Name Is Not Susan"
(2)
Music video
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" on YouTube
"I'm Your Baby Tonight (European version)" on YouTube

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" is the lead single and title track from Whitney Houston's third studio album of the same name. The song was written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface.[1] The single features a B-side, "Feels So Good", which has not been featured on any Whitney Houston album. While the original version, written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, was released in the United States, the Yvonne Turner mix (also known as the "European Version" or the "International Version"), was released in other countries. Houston was nominated for "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female" with this track at the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1991.[2]

The song received mixed reviews, being named as a stand-out track from the album by allmusic, while Entertainment Weekly said it "tries too hard to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jackson's 'The Way You Make Me Feel.'" Nevertheless, it became a huge hit for Houston, reaching the top 10 worldwide. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, her eighth single to do so; "I'm Your Baby Tonight" is her fifth biggest hit in the US.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video (directed by Julian Temple) features an edgier, rougher Houston (very different from in videos such as "How Will I Know" (1985) and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" (1987)) paying homage to the sounds of black music that have helped define her sound, paying tribute in simulation of the Harlem Renaissance (with Houston as Marlene Dietrich), Motown (most notably The Supremes as Houston uses cloning imagery to create two clones of herself), and Hollywood's Golden Age (with Houston dressed as Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face), finally returning to present day by the video's end.

Chart performance[edit]

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" hit the Top 10 in several major markets including Australia (#7), France (#4), Italy (#2), Switzerland (#4), UK (#5), and Germany (#5). After having charted ten Top 10 hits (and seven consecutive number ones) on the Billboard Top 100, Houston continued her chart momentum as "I'm Your Baby Tonight" would become her 11th Top 10 hit and eighth number one. The song had an impressive debut at number 42 the week of October 20, 1990. Six weeks later, it hit number one, ending Mariah Carey's three-week run at the top with "Love Takes Time". "I'm Your Baby Tonight" spent only one week at number one, being knocked out by Stevie B's "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)". Altogether, the single spent 14 weeks in the Top 10, 19 weeks in the Top 20, and 23 consecutive weeks in the Top 40. It also reached number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart for two weeks.[4] "I'm Your Baby Tonight" was Houston's eighth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, sixth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart and fourth number-one single on the Billboard R&B singles chart. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Track listings and formats[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Scandalo" by Gianna Nannini
Italian Singles Chart number-one single
November 3, 1990 (Five weeks)
Succeeded by
"I've Been Thinking About You" by Londonbeat
Preceded by
"Love Takes Time" by Mariah Carey
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 1, 1990
Succeeded by
"Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" by Stevie B
Preceded by
"Misunderstanding" by Al B. Sure!
US Black Singles number-one single
December 1, 1990 (Two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sensitivity" by Ralph Tresvant

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Grammy Awards History: Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female". rockonthenet.com. February 20, 1991. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Whitney Houston's Biggest Billboard Hits: A Look at Her Legendary Chart Career
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