Just the Way It Is, Baby

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"Just the Way It Is, Baby"
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Single by The Rembrandts
from the album The Rembrandts
  • "New King"
  • "LP Medley"
The Rembrandts singles chronology
"Just the Way It Is, Baby"
Music video
"Just the Way It Is, Baby" on YouTube

"Just the Way It Is, Baby" is a song recorded by American pop rock duo The Rembrandts. Released in 1990 under the Atco Records label, it was the debut single from their debut album The Rembrandts. It first appeared on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart in 1990, then became a top ten hit one year later in France, where it remained charted for 16 weeks, and Austria. It was a moderate hit in other European countries and Australia. The song is generally deemed as the band's first big hit.

Song meaning[edit]

The song is sung in a first-person narrative about a man's relationship with a woman who does not reciprocate his feelings, and regards their sexual encounter as nothing more than casual. The song's title reflects the woman's response to the man's unspoken questions. Later in the song, the woman realizes her mistake and returns to him, trying to mend fences, only to find that the man has moved on and has no feelings left for her, turning on her with her own words.

Track listings[edit]

CD single / 12" maxi
  1. "Just the Way It Is, Baby" – 4:06
  2. "LP Medley" – 7:50
CD maxi
  1. "Just the Way It Is, Baby" – 4:06
  2. "LP Medley" – 7:50
  3. "Just the Way It Is, Baby" (acoustic version) – 4:12
7" single
  1. "Just the Way It Is, Baby" – 4:06
  2. "New King" – 2:42


Chart (1990) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[1] 13
Chart (1991) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 26
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 9
Dutch Mega Top 100[2] 53
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 9
German Singles Chart[2] 6
Swedish Singles Chart[2] 23
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 14

Cover versions[edit]

This song was covered by the South African band Little Sister under a slightly altered title "That's Just the Way It Is" on their album More Than Meets the Eye.[4]


  1. ^ Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved April 21, 2009)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Just the Way It Is, Baby", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 21, 2009)
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Billboard Books. p. 525. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4.
  4. ^ The South African Rock Encyclopedia www.rock.co.za (Retrieved February 16, 2012)

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