Anybody Seen My Baby?

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"Anybody Seen My Baby?"
RollStones-Single1997 AnybodySeenMyBaby.jpg
Single by the Rolling Stones
from the album Bridges to Babylon
Released22 September 1997
FormatCD
RecordedMarch–July 1997
GenreRock
Length4:31
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Wild Horses"
(1996)
"Anybody Seen My Baby?"
(1997)
"Saint of Me"
(1998)
Music video
"Anybody Seen My Baby?" on YouTube

"Anybody Seen My Baby?" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones featured on their 1997 album Bridges to Babylon. It peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart to become the band's 38th top-forty hit in their home country. The song was more successful abroad, topping the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada and reaching the top 20 in several European countries, including Hungary and Spain. In the United States it peaked at number three on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

Background and composition[edit]

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song also carries writing credits for k.d. lang and Ben Mink.[1] The song is known for its chorus, which sounds strikingly similar to lang's 1992 hit song "Constant Craving". Jagger and Richards claimed to have never heard the song before, only having discovered the similarity prior to the Stones' release. As Richards reported in his autobiography Life, "My daughter Angela and a friend were at Redlands and I was playing the record and they start singing this totally different song over it. They were listening to k.d. lang's 'Constant Craving.' It was Angela and her friend that recognized it."[2] The two gave Lang credit, along with her co-writer Mink. Lang said she was "completely honored and flattered" by receiving the songwriting credit.[3][4]

Coincidentally, "Has Anybody Seen My Baby" is reported to have been the title of a song written and recorded by Brian Jones after leaving the Rolling Stones.[5] "Anybody Seen My Baby?" would go on to be the only track from Bridges to Babylon to appear on the Stones' 2002 career retrospective Forty Licks.

"Anybody Seen My Baby?" features wide-ranging inspirations, including sampling of hip-hop artist Biz Markie, making it the only song by The Rolling Stones to include sampling. Bass and keyboards on the song are performed by Jamie Muhoberac. Waddy Wachtel plays acoustic guitar and Jagger, Richards, and Wachtel play electric guitars. The song has a distinctive R&B feel, driven by Muhoberac's bass.

Release[edit]

The song was a worldwide hit in 1997, reaching the top 20 in several Europe countries, number one on Canada's Top Singles and Alternative 30 charts, and number three on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States.

Music video[edit]

The music video is perhaps best remembered for featuring Angelina Jolie.[6] She appears as a stripper who leaves mid-performance to wander New York City.

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anybody Seen My Baby". ACE Title Search. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 13 October 2008.
  2. ^ Richards, Keith. Life. New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2010. p. 457.
  3. ^ "The Country Network - k.d. lang". Archived from the original on 2016-08-07. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  4. ^ k.d. lang - Something for the Weekend 1/2 on YouTube
  5. ^ http://www/aeppli.ch/TUG08/CDJonesUp.pdf
  6. ^ "Angelina Jolie in 'Anybody Seen My Baby?' by the Rolling Stones". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3369." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 3377." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 3327." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 14 no. 41. 11 October 1997. p. 12. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  13. ^ "The Rolling Stones: Anybody Seen My Baby?" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Top National Sellers" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 14 no. 41. 11 October 1997. p. 14. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (20.11. – 27.11.1997)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 21 November 1997. p. 22. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 42, 1997" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?". VG-lista. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Notowanie nr821" (in Polish). LP3. 24 October 1997. Retrieved 4 March 2019. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  22. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  26. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  27. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  28. ^ "RPM '97 Year End Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  29. ^ "RPM '97 Year End Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  30. ^ "RPM '97 Year End Top 50 Alternative Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  31. ^ "Árslistinn 1997 – Íslenski Listinn – 100 Vinsælustu Lögin". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 2 January 1998. p. 25. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  32. ^ "Romanian Top 100 Singles Airplay – Top of the Year 1997" (in Romanian). Romanian Top 100. Archived from the original on 22 January 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2020.

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