The song is predominatly upbeat, featuring Bieber’s R&B vocals over a backdrop containing a dance infused beat, full of keyboard and “disco string” synths. The song is composed in the key of E-flat major with Bieber’s vocal range spanning from the low-note of G3 to the high-note of C5. According to Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone, the song “blends winks at Fifties doo-wop with hip-hop chants”, comparing the style and the lyrics “My first love broke my heart for the first time/And I was like/Baby, baby, baby, ooooh/I thought you’d always be mine” to fifties ballads like “Tears on My Pillow”, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and “Earth Angel”. Lyrically, Bieber’s lines explain his distress over his lost love, and promise to get it back, featured in lines like, “And I wanna play it cool/But I’m losin’ you…/I’m in pieces/So come and fix me…”. The chorus features the distinct and repetitive “baby, baby, baby, ohhhh (nooooo)” hook. After the second verse, Ludacris comes in with the verse-rap, an anecdote of young love when he was thirteen, as it runs “When I was 13/I had my first love/She had me going crazy/Oh, I was star-struck/She woke me up daily/Don’t need no Starbucks…”.
Bill Lamb of About.com gave the single a rating of four and a half out of five stars. Lamb said that the song happened to be “the best vehicle yet for Justin Bieber’s sweet soulful voice, and its chart achievements should ultimately reflect that fact.” Lamb gave credit to production duo Tricky Stewart and the The-Dream who “connected” with Christina Milian for a “confident, mature, and effortless sound here that goes well beyond ‘One Time’.” Lamb went on to say that Bieber sings as well as Michael Jackson at that age, “the lyrics are pitched perfectly in reference to young love, and Ludacris demonstrates raps in a pop hit can be charming and safe for young children to hear. Add in tasteful strings, and this a pop confection that is first rate.” The review complimented the song’s chorus which Lamb says “..glides effortlessly into your head” followed by Ludacris’ “charm-filled rap.” Lamb reviewed that the song has the potential to be Bieber’s first number one pop hit, and said “Baby” is a model for pre-teen pop and makes parents understand why Bieber is an “outstanding musical role model for their children.” Nick Levine of Digital Spy felt the song was “no great departure from what he’s given us before”, but felt the production of Tricky and The-Dream helped give the song a “simple”, “big” chorus about “puppy love” that works.
Melanie Bertoldi of Billboard said, “The midtempo number’s undeniably contagious chorus should keep Bieber’s tween fan base satisfied, and Ludacris’ brief cameo adds a welcome urban twist.” Bertoli went on to say, “The matchup adds a layer of maturity to Bieber’s repertoire and should further solidify his growing presence on the charts.” Rap-Up magazine said that “the sweet pop fare gets a little street cred courtesy of the teen sensation’s labelmate Ludacris.” Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone appreciated the song’s vintage doo-wop and fifties aesthetic and hip-hop chants, and said the song included “one of the catchiest choruses concocted by the-Dream and Tricky Stewart, the duo behind “Umbrella” and “Single Ladies.” Luke O’Neill of Boston Globe had mixed thoughts about the song calling Ludacris’ cameo “goofy”, and said, the song “effects a musical anachronism, albeit a catchy one, but in this sped-up recycling moment all styles all at once are grist for the mill.”
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In the United States, “Baby” debuted at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Bieber’s highest charting single in the US. The song was also Ludacris’s biggest song to date, solo or featuring, since 2007′s “Runaway Love”. “Baby” was beaten out as the week’s highest debut by Taylor Swift’s “Today Was a Fairytale”, which debuted at number two. The debuting of the pair of songs was just the third time in history that the Hot 100 had two new top-five debuts. The instance had last happened in 2003 when American Idol‘s Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken’s debut singles charted at number one and two. During its first week of radio impact, the song had over 1400 spins, and was the top gainer for mainstream and rhythmic radio formats. The song debuted at thirty-three on the Pop Songs chart on the week labeled February 13, 2010. The song missed out becoming the greatest gainer by one spot, which was Kesha’s “Blah Blah Blah”. However the following week, the song did collect greatest gainer recognition, jumping to twenty-five on the chart, and has since peaked at sixteen. On August 2, 2010, the song was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 2,000,000 units.
“Baby” entered the Canadian Hot 100 at number three, giving Justin his highest charting single on that chart to date. On the issue dated February 8, 2010, the song debuted in Australia on the official ARIA Singles Chart at number thirty-seven. After twelve weeks of ascending and descending the charts the single reached a peak of three. ”Baby” has since been certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 70,000 units. In New Zealand, the song entered the chart at nineteen. After weeks of ascending and descending the charts, “Baby” reached a peak of four. The song dropped to the number five position the following week and after weeks of fluctuating around the chart it attained the number four position once again. It has since been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). The song peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart on the issue date March 14, 2010. The following week, “Baby” fell to number four, but climbed back to its previous peak position of three on the issue date March 28, 2010. In the process of climbing the charts, “Baby” gained a new peak of two on the R&B Singles Chart.
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