“Born to Be My Baby” is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child. It was released in November 1988 as the second single from their album New Jersey. It peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989, number 7 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, number 22 in the UK, and number 30 in Australia.
“Born to Be My Baby” was the second of five singles from New Jersey to chart in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, the most top 10 hits for any hard rock album. Despite the song’s success, it was not included in the 1994 Cross Road greatest hits album. However, the song was included on Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits album in 2010. In addition, an acoustic version of the song was recorded for their album This Left Feels Right.
The video for the song was done in all black-and-white, like many of the band’s videos from the New Jersey album.
A very low budget video, it was shot all in the studio, chronicling the recording process for “Born to Be My Baby”. In the full-length video, there is actually a dialogue between the band members, and the band does the chorus again, unsatisfied with the original version. The video prominently features photogenic shots of Jon Bon Jovi singing, as well as the band gathering around a microphone to sing the “na-na-na-na-na” part. The video also features Jon Bon Jovi’s wife, Dorothea.
The video was featured in New Jersey: The Videos, a promotional VHS that is no longer manufactured. The video was absent from the video collection Cross Road: The Videos. It was later featured on Bon Jovi’s 2010 release Greatest Hits – The Ultimate Video Collection.
The ending of the video depicts Bon Jovi cheering and hugging each other. This was the moment that the band learned New Jersey was the No. 1 album in the U.S.