First Hit #1: April 27, 1991
Now that we’re getting older, it’s possible that we will meet young people in the course of our lives who were not around in 1991. They may ask what it was like to live in 1991. It’s a simple answer, it’s the video for Baby, Baby.
Oh sure, there were other things happening in the year, and other big hits, but if you want a concise summary of the experience of living in 1991, there is no better summary. The often odd fashion, the big hair, the way things are lit, that’s exactly what I remember 1991 being like. Plus, it features Baby, Baby, which seemed to be even more common than its two week chart stay would suggest. Hearing the song takes me right back to my childhood, just because the song was everywhere, just like how most of the population had the same hair as Grant, including many men.
But “familiar” isn’t quite a good enough summary for the music here. Grant wrote the song about her love for her newborn daughter, and once you know this, it becomes somewhat more interesting, since there’s no reason to assume it’s a love song about a man. It’s quite vague, but it’s more about the excitement about having someone in your life that you can be in love with. Grant’s performance itself is a good reason for the success, she does sound joyous, and while the song is otherwise quite standard as a pop composition goes, Grant is pushing her vocal into new places and never quite going in expected directions. More than anything, she’s having fun, and in the process making a song that is just what 1991 is all about.