‘Baby’ or ‘babe’ crops up a lot in the world of song.
Of course, there’s the literal meaning (as in ‘infant’), but most of the time it’s used as a term of affection (as in ‘Be in Baby’ or ‘I Got You, Babe).’
So without further ado, here are some of the best songs with baby in the title.
- Be My Baby – The Ronettes
- Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
- Baby Love – The Supremes
- I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
- Baby, You’re A Rich Man – The Beatles
- My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone
- I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – Bob Dylan
- Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
- Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson
- Beach Baby – Bon Iver
- Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) – Roy Orbison
- Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadow? – The Rolling Stones
- Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin
- Baby, I Love Your Way – Big Mountain
- …Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
- Baby Driver – Simon and Garfunkel
- Hey Baby – No Doubt
- Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars
- Baby Boy – Beyoncé feat. Sean Paul
- Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
- My Baby Left Me – Elvis Presley
- Baby – Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris
- Ooo Baby Baby – Smokey Robinson & The Miracle
- Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
- Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
- Baby I’m a Star – Prince and the Revolution
- Don’t Worry Baby – Los Lobos
Be My Baby – The Ronettes
“Be My Baby’ is a classic track about a young woman pleading with the guy she likes: “be my little baby.” The string section was pretty groundbreaking and made the song stand out among other pop hits of the time.
Related: see our list of new relationship songs.
Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
Brian Wilson was inspired to write this song while wondering aloud if he could match the unique sound of The Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby’ (see above). Wilson’s wife Marilyn supposedly uttered “don’t worry, baby” to him, and the song was born.
Baby Love – The Supremes
This sweet and innocent Motown classic is about the hopeful romance involved in teenage love. It became one of ten Top 10 hits in the United States for The Supremes. The lyrics were inspired by writer Lamont Dozier’s first love, who he said he never got over.
Related: check out our playlist of songs about teenagers.
I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
Sonny & Cher sang this iconic duet after Sonny Bono wrote the lyrics on a piece of cardboard. It’s a track about sticking with the one you love no matter what anyone else says about the relationship.
Related: see our list of songs about staying together through hard times.
Baby, You’re A Rich Man – The Beatles
‘Baby You’re a Rich Man’ encourages listeners to place priceless immaterial possessions above riches. A clavioline was used as a makeshift synthesizer in this track, giving the beginning a unique trumpet type of sound.
Related: see our playlist of money songs.
My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone
Eddie Cantor originally performed this track in the 1930 film Whoopee! Nina Simone’s cover became a minor success, hitting Number 82 on the UK charts after its release. Simone sings through the eyes of a woman whose lover only cares for and focuses on her.
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan sings of forgetting about life’s cares through one night of romantic pleasure. This has been a popular cover song for many artists., including Robert Palmer and UB40.
Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
This song is all about James Taylor’s nephew, who was given his name—even though Taylor wasn’t aware he had become an uncle at the time. However, this gentle lullaby also contains references to Taylor’s own past.
Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson
Here’s a classic pop track about a man begging his love interest to commit to him. An early model Shure SM7 microphone was credited for Jackson’s impressively clear vocals on the song.
Beach Baby – Bon Iver
This is a simple yet powerfully heartbreaking song. It highlights the mixed feelings that can arise when a relationship is about to end, with one partner being completely ready to finish things.
Related: for more on relationship bust-ups, see our list of breakup songs.
Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) – Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison sings of dreaming and longing for a love interest and needing to move forward with the relationship to feel satisfied. It became an international hit and was eventually included on Orbison’s greatest hits LP.
Related: see our list of songs about dreams.
Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadow? – The Rolling Stones
This song was written to be open to interpretation by each listener; however, Keith Richards has said that the “mother” theme was not meant to be controversial or abstract.
The guitar feedback at the beginning and end was a relatively new concept when the song was written, making it somewhat groundbreaking.
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin
American singer Anne Bredon wrote the tune in the late 1950s. Here the protagonist informs his lover that he’s going to leave her because he’s “got to go away from this place.”
Baby, I Love Your Way – Big Mountain
Big Mountain performed this track after Peter Frampton released his original version. It’s a romantic ballad whose protagonist tells his lover that he wants to be with her all day and all night – and that he loves everything about her.
…Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Britney Spears sings as a girl pleading with her past love to give her attention one more time. This was Spears’ first hit and kicked her career off.
Baby Driver – Simon and Garfunkel
This song speaks of lustful feelings, some of which are presented subtly while others are less subtle. It also makes expert use of car racing imagery and references to childhood memories.
Hey Baby – No Doubt
No Doubt tackles the subject of groupies and their desperate behavior in this hit. It won two MTV Video Music Awards: one for Best Pop Video and one for Best Group Video.
Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars warns his love interests to leave before he breaks their hearts in this hit song. It gained popularity after Mars performed it on the UK X Factor Results Show in 2011.
Related: this song appears on our songs about running away playlist.
Baby Boy – Beyoncé feat. Sean Paul
Beyoncé sings of a lover she is head over heels for in this 2003 hit. It stayed at Number One on the US Charts for ten weeks and topped charts in China, Israel, and Mexico at the same time.
Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
Confidence can waver on the edge of instability when it comes to wanting an ex-partner back. This track tackles such a situation, with Mariah Carey telling her ex, “you can’t escape me.” Regardless of its rather creepy lyrics, the song was the most-played single on US radio in 1996.
Related: see our list of songs about exes.
My Baby Left Me – Elvis Presley
This Elvis Presley classic highlights the dark emotions that arise when a partner leaves you. Presley’s version was actually a cover, the first of many to come.
Baby – Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris
One of Justin Bieber’s earliest hit singles has Bieber telling a girl that he cares about her and would do anything to be her boyfriend after a disagreement. Ludacris also raps about his first love on the track. The music video for ‘Baby’ was the most-watched YouTube video of 2010.
Ooo Baby Baby – Smokey Robinson & The Miracle
This song is all about apologizing for cheating on a romantic partner. Smokey Robinson has said it is not an autobiographical song; in fact, it came about by accident after he sang “ooh baby baby” on stage with a positive reaction from the crowd.
Related: see our playlist of songs about cheating.
Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Here is a classic and popular track that tackles telling a romantic interest that there’s no use trying to be together, as the protagonist is stuck with a woman he doesn’t love but can’t leave. This is one of several recorded versions of the song.
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
This song is mainly about enjoying a wild party, but it also follows Vanilla Ice as he cruises through Miami when things suddenly go awry. The Queen and David Bowie hit ‘Under Pressure’ was sampled here, paving the way for future sampling of past hits.
Related: ‘Under Pressure’ appears on our songs from Sing playlist.
Baby I’m a Star – Prince and the Revolution
Rising to fame is a popular theme for musicians to sing about, especially as they’re dealing with their own acclaim. This song is all about Prince’s newfound fame around the time it was conceived. The song appears in Prince’s landmark movie, Purple Rain.
Don’t Worry Baby – Los Lobos
This Los Lobos track’s protagonist encourages a significant other not to worry about life’s challenges because everyone’s life ends in the same uncontrollable way. It’s a haunting track that hits the psyche in a deep place.