If I Ever Fall in Love

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This article is about the song. For the album, see ...If I Ever Fall in Love.
"If I Ever Fall in Love"
Single by Shai
from the album ...If I Ever Fall in Love
Released September 28, 1992
Format CD single
Recorded September 10, 1992[1]
Genre A cappella
Length 3:09
Label Gasoline Alley, MCA
Writer(s) Carl Martin
Shai singles chronology
"If I Ever Fall in Love"

"If I Ever Fall in Love" is a song by American R&B-soul quartet Shai. The song reached #2 in the US charts in 1992, and spent one week at number-one on the US R&B chart.[2] Its eight weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was held off from the top slot due to the massive success of "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, in the US meant that it held the record for the second-most weeks at number two in the chart's history at the time, behind Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You". The record has since been equalled and surpassed, and "If I Ever Fall In Love" is now in joint ninth place with a number of more recent songs.

The song was also their only Top 40 hit in the UK, peaking at #36.[3]


Chart (1992/1993) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 21
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 53
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 47
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 5
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[3] 36
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[10] 1

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 7

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 66

East 17 and Gabrielle version[edit]

"If You Ever"
Single by East 17 featuring Gabrielle
from the album Around the World (the Journey So Far) and Gabrielle
Released September 1996
Format CD Single
Recorded 1996
Genre Pop, R&B, Soul
Length 4:15
Label Go Beat, Universal Records, London Records
Writer(s) Carl Martin
Producer(s) Mike Rose & Nicholas Foster
East 17 chronology
"Someone to Love"
"If You Ever"
"Hey Child"
Gabrielle chronology
"If You Really Cared"
"If You Ever"
"Walk On By"

"If I Ever Fall In Love" was covered in 1996 as a duet by English boy band East 17 and Gabrielle (with a backing track), and renamed "If You Ever". It reached #2 in the United Kingdom, behind Say You'll Be There by the Spice Girls, and #4 in Latvia. It was also one of only three songs by Gabrielle to reach the Top 20 in Australia, peaking at #16.

The song was the first single from East 17's first Greatest Hits compilation Around the World Hit Singles: The Journey So Far, and was also the fourth single from Gabrielle's second self-titled album. It was the highest charting single from both aforementioned albums. The song was also the 11th biggest selling boyband single of the 1990s in the United Kingdom selling 510,000 copies and has received a Gold sales status certification.


Chart (1996) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[13] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[14] 35
Denmark (IFPI)[15] 9
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[16] 17
France (SNEP)[17] 19
Germany (Media Control Charts)[18] 31
Ireland (IRMA) 4
Japan (Oricon)[19] 11
Latvia (EHR)[20] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[21] 38
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 20
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 2

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1996) Position
UK Singles Chart 18


Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[24] Gold 1996 510,000

Track listings[edit]

UK CD 1 (LONCD 388)

  1. "If You Ever" (Smoove 7" mix)
  2. "If You Ever" (Ruff mix)
  3. "Deep" (live)
  4. "Steam" (live)

UK CD 2 (LOCDP 388)

  1. "If You Ever" (Smoove 7" Mix)
  2. "Stay Another Day" (live)
  3. "Around the World" (live)
  4. "It's Alright" (live)

AVRI Feat. Noam Version[edit]

"If You Ever"
Single by AVRI feat. Noam
Released 12 October 2010
Format CD Single
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, Dance, House
Length 4:32
Writer(s) Carl Martin
Producer(s) Avri Levi

"If I Ever Fall In Love" was covered again in 2010 by AVRI and his vocalist Noam. Yet again it was renamed "If You Ever". The song was the first single of AVRI in the American dance label "KULT RECORDS".

Track listings[edit]

  1. "If You Ever" (Radio Mix)
  2. "If You Ever" (Extended Mix)
  3. "If You Ever" (Micky Friedmann & Alex Botar Remix)
  4. "If You Ever" (Acapella)

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Rapper Lil Romeo sampled the song's chorus on his song "My Cinderella" (2004).
  • Overboard (Castaways, 2008).
  • JLS - it was used as their audition piece on The X Factor and has been a subsequent a cappella feature of their live sets.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=Shai+If+I+Ever+Fall+in+Love
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 519. 
  3. ^ a b Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book Of The British Charts (3rd ed.). London: Omnibus Press. p. 977. ISBN 978-1-84449-058-5. 
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Shai [US – If I Ever Fall in Love"]. ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Shai [US – If I Ever Fall in Love"] (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "RPM 100 Singles". RPM (RPM Music Publications Ltd.) 57 (3). 1993-01-30. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  7. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Shai [US > If I Ever Fall in Love – musicline.de"] (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Shai [US search results"] (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Shai [US – If I Ever Fall in Love"]. Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ a b "Shai - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  12. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – East Seventeen feat. Gabrielle – If You Ever" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – East Seventeen feat. Gabrielle – If You Ever" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  15. ^ http://www.dr.dk/tjeklistenlister/public/lister/index.asp?y=1994&w=24
  16. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=tQkEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – East Seventeen feat. Gabrielle – If You Ever" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Chartverfulgong > East Seventeen feat. Gabrielle > If You Ever – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  19. ^ Oricon Singles Chart Oricon Singles Chart (Retrieved 2 November 2012)
  20. ^ "M-1 TOP 40". M-1.fm. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  21. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – East Seventeen feat. Gabrielle search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – East Seventeen feat. Gabrielle – If You Ever". Singles Top 60.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – East Seventeen feat. Gabrielle – If You Ever". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved 30 March 2009)

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