March 27, 2009

MC Anniversary Countdown: #3


ALWAYS BE MY BABY at #3 is the second song from Daydream on the top 10! Released as the third single from the album in 1996, this sweet sounding R&B tune was the first of many collaborations between Mariah and Jermaine Dupri. When sung live, the fans and Mariah keep the tradition of singing the addictive hook together and sharing the "Shoo doo doo's" throughout the song. The music video for "Always Be My Baby", directed by Mariah, was shot in Camp Mariah and follows the story of a young love. The song's high position is owed in part to points received by its remixes: The Mr. Dupri remix featuring Da Brat & Xscape and a dance remix by David Morales. The former sampled the '80s song "Tell Me If You Still Care" by the S.O.S. Band and got its own music video!

Fans comment about "Always Be My Baby":

Allan A: My ultimate Mariah song! This is, I believe, her most melodic, inspired, and creative song that she has ever written. Love the ad libs, the arrangement, the background vocals, the instrumentation, the lyrics, everything, even the music video (which Mariah directed). This song has been my favourite song of all time since it came out in 1995, and I don't think that will ever change until the day I die.  It "will linger on" in my heart, Mariah will "always be my baby", and I am her lamb forever.

Pauline L: The signature "Doo doo doo"s and syrupy melisma make a timeless Mariah piece. You cannot classify this greatness. It transcends space and time, indeed.

Erika F: It is probably my all time favorite. It just always makes me smile and happy inside, thinking about past relations and it's okay that they will always be a part of me.

Randall S: Just a great R&B/Pop track that can stand the test of time (i.e. American Idol last year) Love the video, even though the video made me want to go to a summer camp.

Ian G: This song is just full of emotion. It's a classic, in a class of its own. No song before or since then has compared to it.. It stands by itself as an inspirational love song. You can really tell the lyrics mean so much to Mariah and she looks naturally gorgeous in the video.-->Simply Divine, Festive & Spectacular!

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