Always Be My Baby

Album: Daydream (1996)
Charted: 3 1

Songfacts®:

  • This bouncy track was the 11th US #1 hit for Mariah Carey. She was doing very well at this time with pure, upbeat pop songs like "Fantasy" and "Honey," but "Always Be My Baby" takes a different lyrical turn: Mariah has just been dumped, but it doesn't bother her at all because she knows he'll be back. Her confidence is unshakable, but could land her in crazy-ex-girlfriend territory as she tells the guy, "You can't escape me."
  • In the US, this was the most-played single on radio stations in 1996 (according to ASCAP, which tracks these things). It was also the first single to debut at #2 on the Hot 100. In total it spent nine nonconsecutive weeks at #2 and two weeks at the top position.
  • This was co-written and co-produced by Jermaine Dupri, who also produced the main remix of this song. It was Dupri's first involvement with Carey, and later he helped revive her career with his work on her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi. Carey told Billboard magazine in 2008: "JD is the best. I love him, I really do. We have such similar influences. It's funny because a lot of our favorite records from growing up are really the same. Back in the day we did the (R&B) remix of 'Always Be My Baby.' The original version was a hard track, if you listen to the bass - but it was very poppy on top. I knew JD could do it, even though he hadn't really worked with somebody like me before. I knew he was just incredibly talented. He's really just honed his skill as a producer in so many ways. I'm a fan and a friend."
  • Along with Jermaine Dupri, Carey and Manuel Seal are the credited writers on this song. Seal and Dupri previously teamed up on the 1993 Xscape hit "Just Kickin' It," and they also co-wrote Usher's "You Make Me Wanna."
  • This song provided the title for, and featured in, the 2019 Netflix romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe.
  • Carey sang this from her home studio to close out the "Living Room Concert For America," which was hosted by Elton John and broadcast on Fox March 29, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual benefit concert also featured homebound performances by Billie Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish and Tim McGraw.

Comments: 5

  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesAdditional: DAVID COOK have sang this 1st than bellie ellish. I never heard her Version yet. but David Cook sing it Well
  • Markantney from BiloxeJun 2015, If you haven't heard it; the Jermaine Dupri Remix to this song is off the hook. It's a different tempo than the original; it's actually better than the original version.
  • Fresciouz from United StatesThis is one of my favorite songs. It makes me fall in love every time I listen to it.
  • Audrey from Lawrance, MaLove this song so much.
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnDavid Cook breathed new life into this song on Idol.
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