|"Anybody Seen My Baby?"|
|Single by the Rolling Stones|
|from the album Bridges to Babylon|
|Released||22 September 1997|
|The Rolling Stones singles chronology|
"Anybody Seen My Baby?" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones featured on their 1997 album Bridges to Babylon. It peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart to become the band's 38th top-forty hit in their home country. The song was more successful abroad, topping the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada and the LP3 chart in Poland while reaching the top 20 in several European countries, including Hungary and Spain. In the United States the song reached number three on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song also carries writing credits for k.d. lang and Ben Mink. The song is known for its chorus, which sounds strikingly similar to lang's 1992 hit song "Constant Craving". Jagger and Richards claimed to have never heard the song before, only having discovered the similarity prior to the Stones' release. As Richards reported in his autobiography Life, "My daughter Angela and a friend were at Redlands and I was playing the record and they start singing this totally different song over it. They were listening to k.d. lang's 'Constant Craving.' It was Angela and her friend that recognized it." The two gave Lang credit, along with her co-writer Mink. Lang said she was "completely honored and flattered" by receiving the songwriting credit.
Coincidentally, "Has Anybody Seen My Baby" is reported to have been the title of a song written and recorded by Brian Jones after leaving the Rolling Stones. "Anybody Seen My Baby?" would go on to be the only track from Bridges to Babylon to appear on the Stones' 2002 career retrospective Forty Licks.
"Anybody Seen My Baby?" features wide-ranging inspirations, including sampling of hip-hop artist Biz Markie, making it the only song by The Rolling Stones to include sampling. Bass and keyboards on the songare performed by Jamie Muhoberac. Waddy Wachtel plays acoustic guitar and Jagger, Richards, and Wachtel play electric guitars. The song has a distinctive R&B feel, driven by Muhoberac's bass.
The song was a worldwide hit in 1997, reaching the top 20 in several Europe countries, number one on Canada's Top Singles and Alternative 30 charts, and number three on Billboards Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States.