The song as sung by The Ronettes is #22 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999 was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2006, the Library of Congress honored their version by adding it to the United States National Recording Registry.
Often cited as the ultimate embodiment of Spector's concept of the Wall of Sound, "Be My Baby" is one of the best-known and most enduring songs of its era, and arguably one of the most influential pop songs of all time. Critic Jason Ankeny writes, "No less an authority than Brian Wilson has declared 'Be My Baby' the greatest pop record ever made — no arguments here.
In her autobiography, lead vocalist Ronnie Spector relates that she was on tour with Joey Dee and the Starlighters when "Be My Baby" was introduced by Dick Clark on American Bandstand as the "Record of the Century."
Brian Wilson considers his song "Don't Worry Baby" (performed by The Beach Boys) to be the 'male answer' to this song. In 1986, Eddie Money's "Take Me Home Tonight" included the lyrics "Just like Ronnie sang" and Ronnie Spector herself singing part of the chorus to "Be My Baby". Mutya Buena and Amy Winehouse recently recorded a derivative song "B Boy Baby" based around the chorus for Mutya's debut album Real Girl.
The song features a famous drum intro which has been replicated on many subsequent songs:
'Be My Baby' has been tingling spines for half a century ; The classic song by The Ronettes lives on in radio, TV and movies
Aug 20, 2013; MARC SPITZInternational Herald Tribune08-20-2013'Be My Baby' has been tingling spines for half a century ; The classic song by...