Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley

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"Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley"
Will To Power Free Baby.jpg
Single by Will to Power
from the album Will to Power
B-side "Anti-Social"
Released November 29, 1988
Format 7', 12', CD, K7
Recorded 1987, 1988
Genre Pop, soft rock
Length 4:07
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Peter Frampton
Allen Collins
Ronnie Van Zant
Producer(s) Bob Rosenberg
Will to Power singles chronology
"Say It's Gonna Rain"
(1988)
"Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley"
(1988)
"Fading Away"
(1989)
"Say It's Gonna Rain"
(1988)
"Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley"
(1988)
"Fading Away"
(1989)

"Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)" is a song by the American dance-pop band Will to Power. The song combines elements of two previously recorded rock songs: "Baby, I Love Your Way", a #12 Billboard Hot 100 hit from 1976 by the British-born singer Peter Frampton; and American Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "Free Bird", which hit #19 on the Hot 100 chart in 1975. Will to Power's medley of these two songs had more of a synthesized dance beat (as opposed to the rock ballad-like nature of the two original songs). It spent one week at #1 on the Hot 100 chart dated December 3, 1988.[1] It also peaked at #2 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.[2] Additionally, in the "Freebird" section, the line "and the bird you cannot change" in the original version was changed to "and this bird will never change".

In March and April 2009, VH1 ran a countdown of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. Will to Power's "Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley" placed at #97 on the countdown despite the fact the group having another Top 10 hit in 1991 with a cover version of the 1975 10cc hit "I'm Not in Love."

Tracks[edit]

Netherlands 12 "Single
No. Title Length
1. "Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird" 4:07
2. "Anti-Social" 4:20
3. "Say It's Gonna Rain" 3:53

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988–1989) Peak
Position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 20
Canada The Record Top Singles[4] 1
Canada RPM Top Singles 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 18[6]
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 26[9]
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 1
UK (The Official Charts Company)[12] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[13] 2

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
US[14] Gold January 23, 1989 500,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits - revised & enlarged. New York: Billboard Books. p. 715. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9. 
  2. ^ Billboard AC chart info Billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Will To Power – Baby I Love Your Way - Free Bird". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Canadian Singles Chart from Nanda Lwin; Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000)"
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Will To Power Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ "Home - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Officialcharts.de. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  7. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Will To Power search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Dutch Charts". dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on 2016-02-20. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Will To Power – Baby I Love Your Way - Free Bird". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Will To Power – Baby I Love Your Way - Free Bird". VG-lista.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  13. ^ a b "Will to Power - Will to Power | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  14. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com Archived June 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved August 15, 2009)
Preceded by
"Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 3, 1988
Succeeded by
"Look Away" by Chicago