Baby I’m-a Want You (song)

Released 23 October 1971
Format 7″ (45 rpm)
Genre Soft rock
Length 2:25
Label Elektra

Writer(s) David Gates
Producer(s) David Gates

“Baby I’m-a Want You” is a popular song by the American pop-rock band Bread. The single was released in October 1971 (see 1971 in music). It became the title track for the album of the same name, released in January 1972.

It was one of Bread’s highest-charting singles in both the U.S. and U.K. In the U.S., it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1971, the third of Bread’s four top-five hits (“Make It with You”, #1 in 1970; “If”, #4 earlier in 1971; and “Everything I Own”, from the same album, #5 in 1972). “Baby I’m-a Want You” reached the top of the easy listening chart and rose to #14 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1972.

It was certified as a gold record by the RIAA. As with virtually all of the band’s well-known recordings, the song was both written and produced by the band’s lead vocalist, David Gates.