You & I (Drag song)

I'm Your Baby Tonight (song)

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" is the lead single and title track off Whitney Houston's third studio album, I'm Your Baby Tonight.

Song Information

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" is the lead song and lead single off the album. The song was produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface. Reid and Babyface had been an integral part of the New Jack Swing movement and would incorporate that sound into Houston's single as well as other songs on her album.

Chart Information

After having charted seven consecutive number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Houston continued her chart momentum as "I'm Your Baby Tonight" would become her eighth number one hit. The song had an impressive debut at #42 on the singles chart the week of October 20, 1990. Six weeks later, it hit #1, ending Mariah Carey's three-week run at #1 with "Love Takes Time". "I'm Your Baby Tonight" spent only one week in the penthouse, knocked out by Stevie B's "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)". Altogether, the single spent seven weeks in the Top 10, twelve weeks in the Top 20, and fourteen consecutive weeks in the Top 40.

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" hit number one on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay chart for one week. It also peaked at number one on the Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for two weeks. The single was certified Gold.

Internationally, the song was also a success, hitting the Top 10 in several major markets: (France #4), (Switzerland #4), (UK #5), (Germany #5), (Australia #7).

Single Track Listing

1. I'm Your Baby Tonight (album version) 5:00
2. I'm Your Baby Tonight (radio edit) 4:16
3. I'm Your Baby Tonight (instrumental)
4. I'm Your Baby Tonight (LA Reid/Babyface Mix)
5. 'I'm Knockin'
6. 'Feels So Good' 4:54 ***

  • The single "Feels So Good" was a B-Side/Bonus Cut...It has not been featured on any Whitney album.

Music video

The music video (directed by Julian Temple) features an edgier, rougher Houston (much different than she was in videos such as "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody") paying homage to the sounds of black music that have helped define her sound, paying tribute in simulation to the Harlem Renessaince (with Houston as Josephine Baker), Motown (most notably The Supremes as Houston uses cloning imagery to create two clones of herself), and Hollywood's Golden Age (with Houston dressed as Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face), finally returning to present day by the video's end.

Comprehensive Charts

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" Debuted at number forty-two on the Billboard Hot 100
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" Was Ranked number forty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 Year End Charts (1991)
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" Remained in the Billboard Hot 100 for nineteen weeks

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" was Whitney's eighth number-one single on The Billboard Hot 100
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" was Whitney's sixth number-one single on The Billboard Hot 100 Airplay
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" was Whitney's fourth number-one single on The Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Billboard Hot 100 1
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales 3
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 1
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 1
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 13
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 17
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Billboard Adult Contemporary 7
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" UK Singles Chart 5
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Australian Singles Chart 7
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Germany Singles Chart 5
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Sweden Top 60 Singles 4
1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" France Singles Chart 4

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