They Didn’t Name A Highway After Him For Nothing: Songs You Probably Didn’t Know Babyface Wrote And Produced

July 16, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines


Okay, so it’s just a 25-mile stretch of a highway in Indianapolis, but nonetheless, that’s a really big deal! Seriously though, what would R&B music, as well as pop, sound like if it weren’t for Babyface? The man has been writing classic jams and put together much loved soundtracks since the early ’80s. He gave Bobby Brown some of his biggest hits, helped make Toni Braxton a star, and managed to write some of music’s must-hit-repeat jams when we weren’t paying attention. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, sometime alongside writing partner LA Reid, other times with an array of other talented writers, but often on his own, has helped pen and produce songs that have made us dance, cry, and break up with shady folks. Your iPod wouldn’t be the same without the brotha. Here are a few songs by the legend that you might not have known he was behind.

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  • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

    The Box?!? Girl are you from Chicago, cause you make a lot of references that make me believe that you are… Sorry if i put it out there n u may not have wanted it known…

    • Guest

      we had The Box in the DMV (DC, MD, VA) area too….

      • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

        Really? All these years i thought it was a local channel. WOW!!! Thanks 4 lettin me know, much appreciated.

    • IAJS

      we had the box in the Bay too

      • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait


  • rainydaze80

    omg! i remember my mom singing “superwoman” over and over again when I was little!

  • aDayLateAndAdollarShort

    Jams for days.

  • Felicia Ward

    I actually knew ALL of these, because I was obsessed with Babyface as an artist and songwriter back in the day, but this was a fun trip down memory lane!!!

  • chaka1

    I could definitely see Vanessa Williams singing Girlfriend…Karyn White is so underrated.

  • I’d always thought the backing vocal from Madonna’s “Take a Bow” sounded familiar and had to look it up – it WAS Babyface, who also produced the single.

    • rainydaze80

      That was the only song on this list that surprised me! That has always been my favorite Madonna song.

      • Same here, along with “Angel” from her 2nd LP. I think it was a B-side to a single and she used to perform it live around that time.

  • Alecia Murphy

    I love Babyface’s contributions to music. He’s so versatile but at the same time you know it’s him.
    Can We Talk is still the jam and I love Take a Bow- it’s one of my favorite Madonna songs, the emotion, the simplicity, it’s just beautiful. They should work together again.
    I didn’t know he wrote with Beyonce’ but thinking about that song, it makes sense.

  • shay27

    ok you are way too late to the party…this list was no mystery….lol

  • DaisyDuke

    Babyface has won seven “Pop Songwriter of the Year” awards from Broadcast Music, Inc. as well as over 50 other songwriter awards from BMI, and 10 Grammys as a writer, producer, and artist. His talent speaks for itself.