"Baby I" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Peppy R&B track from pop princess is sweet and safe.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The lyrics are cute and heartfelt, if not profound.

Positive role models

While Grande may seem a little boy-crazy, her songs are positive and inoffensive. She's showing that it's possible to be an of-age female pop star without succumbing to the raunchiness expected of many of her peers.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Tame teen lust.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single from Nickelodeon actress/pop star Ariana Grande is a sweet and likeable song about wanting to tell the person she's in love with how she feels. There's nothing racy in this fresh retro-sounding R&B jam, just good old-fashioned teenage frustration. 

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Kids say

What's the story?

"BABY I" is the second official single from Ariana Grande's debut solo album, Yours Truly. Following the platinum-selling smash hit "The Way (ft. Mac Miller)," the song has an upbeat retro-R&B sound with a contemporary hip-hop feel. The lyrics are about being unable to express the depth of her emotion to the person she wants, leaving her "tongue tied and twisted." Though Grande first made waves as an actress on Nickelodeon shows iCarly and Victorious, she is quickly becoming teen pop royalty.

Is it any good?


For fans of 90's R&B divas like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, Grande's sound will be a welcome return to an era of soulful girl power. Energetic claps and snares mesh with vocal runs and smooth delivery of catchy lyrics. This is rock-solid pop music for a new generation.  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the trend of performers trying to be actors and singers. Grande initially captured the spotlight on television, but has since become a platinum-selling recording artist. Why do you think that crossover is so common?

  • Grande's sound harkens back to '90s R&B and pop, which was the decade in which she grew up. Is the '90s too recent to be considered "retro"?

  • Do you feel there is pressure on young female pop stars to be seductive and provocative?

Music details

Artist:Ariana Grande
Release date:July 22, 2013
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent Written byLindseydonealot September 3, 2013


It sounds like crap and hurts my ears. The way was 100x better! But I like gold and shake so much more than both of them.
Adult Written byRosebud95 August 28, 2013

Another good Ariana song

Written byAnonymous August 28, 2013

A Cross Between PG-10 & PG-13 Rated Song.

This is a love song with the 90's like music. It feels more like a sex song then a love song. So I say an iffy 10+ Plus the Music dose have Positives.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex


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