Baby, I Love Your Way

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"Baby, I Love Your Way"
Baby, I Love Your Way (Peter Frampton album) coverart.jpg
Cover art for German vinyl single
Single by Peter Frampton
from the album Frampton and Frampton Comes Alive!
B-side"It's a Plain Shame"
ReleasedSeptember 1975
Recorded1975
StudioRonnie Lane's Mobile Studio (Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire)
GenreSoft rock
Length
  • 4:43
  • 3:31 (7-inch version)
LabelA&M (1832)
Songwriter(s)Peter Frampton
Producer(s)Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton singles chronology
"Show Me the Way"
(1975)
"Baby, I Love Your Way"
(1975)
"Do You Feel Like We Do"
(1976)

"Baby, I Love Your Way" is a song written and performed by English singer Peter Frampton, released as a single in September 1975. It first featured on Frampton's 1975 album, Frampton, where it segues from the previous track "Nassau".

A live version of the song was later released on his 1976 multi-platinum album Frampton Comes Alive!, where it gained popularity as a hit song, peaking at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] It also reached number three in Canada.

Billboard described the live version as an "easy rocker" and said that the portion of the song where Frampton sings the title lyrics made "an effective hook."[2]

In 2017, Frampton discussed this song while talking to Washington D.C. lawmakers about inequitable revenue payments from streaming music services like iTunes and Spotify. "For 55 million streams of 'Baby I Love Your Way', I got $1,700," said Frampton. "Their jaws dropped and they asked me to repeat that for them."[3]

Track listing[edit]

7-inch single – United States (1975)

  1. "Baby, I Love Your Way" – 3:17 (Edited from the LP version that runs 4:43)
  2. "(I'll Give You) Money" – 4:35

7-inch single – United States (1976)

  1. "Baby, I Love Your Way" – 3:28 (Edited from the LP version that runs 4:43)
  2. "It's a Plain Shame" – 4:21

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Will to Power version[edit]

Big Mountain version[edit]

"Baby, I Love Your Way"
Big Mountain BIYW.jpg
Single by Big Mountain
from the album Unity and Reality Bites: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side"Baby, te quiero a tí" (Spanish version)
Released1 February 1994
Recorded1993
GenreReggae fusion
Length
  • 4:09 (album version)
  • 4:28 (radio version)
Label
Songwriter(s)Peter Frampton
Producer(s)Ron Fair
Big Mountain singles chronology
"Reggae Inna Summertime"
(1993)
"Baby, I Love Your Way"
(1994)
"I Would Find a Way"
(1995)

The American reggae/pop band Big Mountain released a cover of the song in February 1994, which appeared on the soundtrack of the film Reality Bites. Their version achieved major worldwide success, reaching number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart (being kept off the top spot by "Love is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet). The single reached the top ten in many countries across Europe, including topping the charts of Denmark, Spain, and Sweden. It also reached the top five in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Canada, where it reached number two.

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick from Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it an "earthy rendition" which is "right in the pocket of current trends."[15] Music & Media commented, "Another '70s pop classic has come out of the reggae grinder to enjoy its second youth in the '90s. Peter Frampton wrote it, not knowing that one day it would appear in the Reality Bites film."[16] Alan Jones from Music Week gave it 4 out of 5, adding that "this is a lightweight reggae cover", and it "is definitely in a summery mood."[17]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Matti Leshem and premiered in April 1994.[18]

Track listing[edit]

CD single – Europe (1994)

  1. "Baby, I Love Your Way" – 4:28
  2. "Baby, I Love Your Way" (6 Point 6 on the Richter Scale Mix) – 6:54
  3. "Baby, te quiero a tí" – 4:40

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[46] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[61] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[62] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[63] Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Walter Jackson version[edit]

Walter Jackson released a cover of the song in 1977.[64] It reached number 19 on the U.S. R&B chart.[65]

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