"Baby" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Baby" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Ludacris raps on breakup tune, but it's all squeaky clean.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 176 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages

As usual, Justin Bieber treats the object of his affection well, vowing "Just shout whenever and I'll be there / You are my love, you are my heart."

Positive role models & representations

Even after gaining more fame and picking up another mega-famous musical collaborator (Ludacris), Justin Bieber continues to keep it real.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the new single "BABY" represents more of the same from Justin Bieber. It's a squeaky-clean song that finds the singer once again pouring his heart out to a girl he likes. Though his crush breaks his heart in the end, Bieber still doesn't resort to cussing, name-calling, or other dirty tricks in an attempt to demean her. Despite the presence of the famous rap star Ludacris, this single is OK for tweens.

User Reviews

Adult Written byTheUltamite February 27, 2011

Do not buy this its a waste of time

Has anyone noticed that Justin Beiber is nothing but a commercial brand? He has had keychains, cards, t-shirts, lipstick, guest appearances, nail polishes, and... Continue reading
Adult Written bymeepoop August 31, 2015
Teen, 14 years old Written byDarkMidnight November 2, 2010

I'm really worried about the younger generation

He's not my favorite, I guess I can tolerate some of his songs (this song stinks though- CHANGE UP THE LYRICS A LITTLE BIT, BIEBER!) It's the properag... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 10, 2011

I hate jb and all of his music

I hate this song!!! Justin Bieber sings like a girl... Wait.. There is a possibility he is a girl. Autotuned crap.

What's the story?

Justin Bieber's back with "BABY," the first single off his forthcoming second album titled My World 2 -- not to be confused with his debut record called simply My World. On this second go-round, Bieber brings out the big star-power once again: while his initial album featured a guest appearance from Usher (the man credited for discovering the young star), his new single includes a verse by rapper Ludacris. In "Baby," both Bieber and Ludda discuss getting their hearts broken for the first time. Despite the painful topic, however, each keeps his recollections clean, steering clear of profanity or other mature content.

Is it any good?

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" seems to be Justin Bieber's motto, since most of his songs -- including "Baby" -- sound very similar. Here, Bieber falls back on the heavy synth-presence and formulaic pop beats that characterize his entire last album. Though his vocals and I-want-to-be-sweet-to-you approach are still somewhat endearing, the pattern is starting to wear thin. The most interesting part of the song is the Ludacris verse, where the rapper sounds almost amused, no doubt at the fact that the normally hardcore MC is guest-starring on a G-rated tween record.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ending relationships. What lessons can tweens learn from the way Justin Bieber handles a break-up in this song? When a relationship ends, why could it cause problems to say mean, negative things to each other?

  • What are some more healthy and constructive ways to deal with a break-up besides hurling harsh words at the other person?

Music details

  • Artist: Justin Bieber
  • Release date: January 19, 2010
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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