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Jay-Z's ‘Glory’ and Other Songs Inspired by Babies (Photos)

With Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter inspiring a hit, see songs other stars like Madonna and Britney Spears wrote for their kids.

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy already has a hit single written about her. See the songs that Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears, Usher, and other performers wrote for their children.

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Jay-Z, ‘Glory’

Two days after the birth of his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z released “Glory,” which features the newborn breathing and crying on the track. With that “performance,” the artist known as “B.I.C.” became the youngest person ever credited with a hit on Billboard when “Glory” debuted at No. 74 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart.

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Stevie Wonder, ‘Isn’t She Lovely?’

Had Stevie Wonder thought to credit his first-born daughter, Aisha, on “Isn’t She Lovely,” a hit song from his 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life, the child would hold the record for the youngest artist to appear on the Billboard chart, now held by Blue Ivy Carter. “Isn’t She Lovely” opens with the sounds of Aisha’s birth and concludes with her playing with Wonder. Now 37, Aisha sings backup vocals and tours with her father.

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Lenny Kravitz, ‘Flowers for Zoe’

Having dropped the name “Romeo Blue” and married Lisa Bonet, Lenny Kravitz wrote a song—“Flowers for Zoe”— for their new daughter that appeared on his 1991 album, Mama Said. Now 23, Zoe Kravitz is an actress—she appeared in X-Men: First Class—and model, who dates Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley.

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Britney Spears, ‘My Baby’

In the time between singing, “Hit me, baby, one more time” and performing “My Baby,” Britney Spears changed her tune considerably. The once-wild pop princess had momentarily settled down and had two children with Kevin Federline. The latter song, which appeared on her 2008 album, Circus, features lyrics that reveal how her sons had given her life new meaning: “Tiny hands, yes that's you / And all you show, it's simply true / I smell your breath, / It makes me cry / I wonder how, / I've lived my life.”

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Ben Folds, ‘Still Fighting It’ and ‘Gracie’

When you become the father of twins—as Ben Folds did in 1999—you can’t write a song about one child and not the other. His son, Louis, inspired “Still Fighting It” from his 2001 album, Rockin’ in the Suburbs, and a few years later, on Songs for Silverman, Folds composed the affectionate “Gracie” for his daughter: “You can't fool me, / I saw you when you came out / You got your momma's taste / but you got my mouth / And you will always have a part of me / Nobody else is ever going to see / Gracie girl.”

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Minnie Riperton, ‘Lovin’ You’

For a song that was written merely to distract her baby daughter, Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You” turned into quite the hit. With its astonishingly high notes—and infections “La la la la la” chorus—“Lovin’ You” became the 400th song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts when it was released in 1975. As for that baby girl—whose name Riperton sang at the end of the song—she grew up to be former Saturday Night Live performer and current Up All Night star, Maya Rudolph.

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David Bowie, ‘Kooks’

Known as “Zowie Bowie” when he was born to singer David Bowie in 1971, Duncan Jones inspired his father to write the song “Kooks” for his Hunky Dory album. (The English indie band The Kooks take their name from the tune.) Now 40 years old, Duncan Jones is a film director whose most recent movie was the Jake Gyllenhaal hit, Source Code.

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Annie Lennox, ‘Precious’

After enduring the death of her stillborn son, Daniel, in 1988, Annie Lennox celebrated the birth of her daughter, Lola, two years later by composing the song “Precious” for her album Diva. As Lennox sang to Lola, “Precious little angel / Won't you spread your light on me / I was locked up in the darkness / Now you've come to set me free.” Along with her younger sister, Tali, Lola Lennox is now a fashion model. 

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Usher, ‘Prayer for You’

Inspired by the death of his estranged father, Usher Raymond III, and the birth of his son, Usher Raymond V, R&B singer Usher was moved to write “Prayer for You” in 2008. As he told Essence about the song, "No matter what happened, my father always prayed for me. The only difference is, I'm gonna be there to be the father that my dad wished he was to me."

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Madonna, ‘Little Star’

Having sung about her “Lucky Star” in 1983, Madonna composed “Little Star” after her daughter, Lourdes Leon, was born in 1996. The song, which appeared on the Ray of Light album, clearly foreshadowed Lourdes’ success. She now runs the Material Girl clothing label with her mother. A little star indeed/27/98 New York, Ny. Madonna, Nanny And Lordes. (Photo By Keith Butler/Getty Images)