"Baby" (CD single)



Ludacris raps on breakup tune, but it's all squeaky clean.

What parents need to know

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

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

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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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 properaganda that I really hate. For instance: "Bieber Fever" "Beliebers" and even the sadness of seeing people call themselves "Mrs. Bieber" Children of America and beyond, there is pretty much 0 chance that you will ever find yourself married to Mr. Bieber. I only liked Justin in that True Jackson VP episode when I first known he existed.. His songs are about "love" I guess its alright if he likes singing about that, but really, can't they find anything ELSE to sing about? He's sending the desperate little girls crushes apon him up to the empth degree. Some girls imagine (or actually think) he's singing these songs to them, and when they found out he's dating that Jasmin girl, people flipped out as if a wife found out her husband is cheating (This is about the time you may want your children to see a doctor) For crying out loud, he's not going to date an 11 year old girl with "Bieber Fever" written all over her body. If you argue agents this epidemic of obsession, the fans (or victoms) of Justin Bieber will literly try to kill you. They will say you are 'jealous' they will say "how could you not like him, he's sooooo talented and sooooo hot!!" Really, is that all that matters, how 'hot' he is? That's not going to win an argument.. they think saying he's hot is going to prove their point that he's amazing. Seriously, these children that are obsessed with him are going to be leaders of the world one day, so I keep seeing world distruction in the future. Also, his hair looks like its stuck on his head, the winds of a hurricane couldn't move it. He's everywhere, this rein must stop. He practicly rules the free world right now.
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.
Adult Written bymeepoop August 31, 2015


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