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Somebody's Baby

"Somebody's Baby" is a song written by Jackson Browne and Danny Kortchmar[1] and recorded by Browne for the 1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High movie soundtrack. Reaching #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at #73 on July 31, 1982, the track would be Browne's last top ten song, as well as the highest charting single of his career, spending nineteen weeks on the chart.

"Somebody's Baby"
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Single by Jackson Browne
from the album Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Music from the Motion Picture
B-side"The Crow on the Cradle"
ReleasedJuly 1982
Songwriter(s)Jackson Browne, Danny Kortchmar
Producer(s)Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne singles chronology
"Hold On Hold Out"
"Somebody's Baby"
"Lawyers In Love"

It reached #14 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, as well.[2][3] In Canada, "Somebody's Baby" peaked at #16.[4] The single was also released in Italy, Spain and Japan.[5]

It has since been released on several of Browne's greatest hits albums, including The Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne and The Very Best of Jackson Browne. An unplugged acoustic version appears on Browne's album entitled Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2 (2008).


Chart historyEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1982) Peak
Australia KMR[6] 26
Canada RPM Top Singles[7] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 7
US Billboard Mainstream Rock 4
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[9] 14
US Cash Box Top 100[10] 5

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1982) Rank
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 68
US Cash Box [12] 33

Other versionsEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ Jackson Browne Chart History. Accessed July 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Billboard Hot 100 Charts - The Eighties. Wisconsin: Record Research, 1991.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Paris, Russ. The Jackson Browne Fan Page, COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY. Archived 2012-02-25 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed July 11, 2012.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc)|format= requires |url= (help). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 35.
  10. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 31, 1982
  11. ^
  12. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1982

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