Country star Joe Nichols transformed the song into a country shuffle for his 2017 Never Gets Old
album. "Baby Got Back" started as a joke on Nichols' band during a live show. Once they perfected their take on the tune, Nichols and his musicians started performing it regularly. After including it for years on the set list at his shows, the Nashville singer decided to put his version on disc, due to popular demand.
"At one point in the show a couple of years ago, I would start playing a song with just me and a guitar," Nichols told Billboard magazine
playfully. "Sometimes, the band would come in, and finish it out with the last verse and chorus, and sometimes they wouldn't. I just figured I would do something a little bit off the wall. I just hit a D chord, and went into it. It was a country version, more like a shuffle. My band wasn't shocked at all, they just joined right in and picked it up, so the joke was very much on me.
But, each time we played it, the crowd would go crazy. I think the country demographic now is very familiar with early '90s pop and rap. So the song was familiar to everybody, and the shock of it sounding so country put it over the top. Having a few years of playing it live, and it going over so well made us think 'What the heck?'
We cut it, and the musicians were laughing and having a good time with it. It's just a fun track, a little off the wall, and definitely a little goofball-ish, but it's definitely a light moment for the album."