If I Ain't Got You
|"If I Ain't Got You"|
|Single by Alicia Keys|
|from the album The Diary of Alicia Keys|
|Released||February 17, 2004|
|Format||CD single, 12" single, digital download|
(New York City, New York)
|Genre||R&B, soul, jazz|
|Alicia Keys singles chronology|
"If I Ain't Got You" is a song recorded, written, and produced by American recording artist Alicia Keys for her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys. Released in February 2004 as the album's second single, the song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Keys' second consecutive R&B chart-topper, remaining atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for six weeks. The song received two nominations at the 2005 Grammy Awards, for Song of the Year and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, winning in the latter.
A remix featuring Usher, a Kanye West Radio Mix, and a Spanish-language version featuring Arturo Sandoval appear on the bonus CD of select international pressings of The Diary of Alicia Keys. The song is featured in the 2004 PlayStation 2 karaoke game Karaoke Revolution Volume 3.
Keys said that the idea of the song was inspired by Aaliyah's death: “The song idea came together right after Aaliyah passed away. It was such a sad time and no one wanted to believe it. It just made everything crystal clear to me—what matters, and what doesn’t.”
"If I Ain't Got You" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number sixty-four on the issue dated March 6, 2004, peaking at number four, four months later, on July 3, 2004. It managed to stay on the Hot 100 for forty straight weeks, becoming Keys' longest-running single so far. On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the song attained an extraordinary chart performance: it reached the top spot on May 1, 2004 and stayed there for six non-consecutive weeks, spending fifty-six consecutive weeks altogether. It was also successful on Billboard component charts, reaching number five on the Rhythmic Top 40 and number nine on the Top 40 Mainstream. The single was ultimately placed at number three on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 chart of 2004.
In the United Kingdom, "If I Ain't Got You" debuted and peaked at number eighteen on the UK Singles Chart for the week of April 4, 2004, spending five consecutive weeks on the chart. On September 27, 2009, the single returned to the chart at number fifty-four for a sixth week, which may be attributed to the massive success in that period of her collaboration with Jay-Z, "Empire State of Mind".
"If I Ain't Got You" has been covered five times on American Idol, by Vonzell Solomon, Kinnik Sky, Syesha Mercado, Lil Rounds and Taylor Vaifanua. Eli Mattson also sang the song on America's Got Talent in 2008 as part of the final 20. Paije Richardson performed it on second live final of the 2010 series of the British talent show The X Factor. English indie rock band Athlete covered the song on the Live Lounge section of BBC Radio 1's The Jo Whiley Show on January 28, 2005. Live covers by American band Maroon 5 and Swedish singer Amy Diamond are included on their respective albums, Hands All Over (2010) and This Is Me Now (2005). Smooth Jazz saxophonist, Eric Darius did an instrumental cover of the song on his 3rd album, "Just Getting Started" released in 2006.
On the March 5, 2012 episode of the American television series The Voice, contestants Anthony Evans and Jesse Campbell covered the song during their "battle round" performance. Mentor/judge Christina Aguilera chose to keep Campbell in the competition, and a studio version of him singing the song was released on iTunes the following day.
- Grammy Awards
- Billboard Music Awards
- R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year
- R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Single of the Year
- MTV Video Music Awards
- ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards
- Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year
- ASCAP Pop Awards
- Most Performed Song
- NAACP Image Awards
- Soul Train Music Awards
- Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
- Best R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year
- Vibe Awards
- Best R&B Song
Track listings and formats
Charts and certifications
Chart procession and succession
"Yeah!" by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
"Burn" by Usher
|U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
May 1, 2004 – May 29, 2004 (first run)
July 3, 2004 (second run)
"Burn" by Usher
"Confessions Part II" by Usher
"In Da Club" by 50 Cent
|Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
"Let Me Love You" by Mario
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|Awards and achievements|
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