If You Go Away (New Kids on the Block song)

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"If You Go Away"
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album Face the Music
Released December 1991
Format CD single
Recorded May - July 1991
Genre R&B, pop, soul
Length 5:28
Label Columbia
Writer(s) John Bettis, Trey Lorenz, Walter Afanasieff
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Baby, I Believe In You"
"If You Go Away"
"Dirty Dawg"

"If You Go Away" is a song by pop group New Kids on the Block (although the group was credited under the moniker of NKOTB on the jacket.) Released as a stand-alone single in late 1991; it was later included on their 1994 album Face the Music. Written by John Bettis, Trey Lorenz and Walter Afanasieff, the latter of whom also served as the songs producer. Lead vocals are shared by Jordan Knight and Joey McIntyre, with a spoken word by Danny Wood. It was, at that point, the first song the group put out after having split with long time manager and producer Maurice Starr.


The song returned the group to the US top twenty, peaking at number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the UK Singles Chart, and was a commercial rebound for the group after having seen its three previous songs all fail to reach the top forty. The group performed the song on The Arsenio Hall Show, while addressing an alleged lip-synching controversy. The single was the group's last hit until the release of the top 40 hit "Summertime" in 2008, and to date remains its final top twenty entry.

Track listings[edit]

UK Vinyl, 7" [1]

  1. If You Go Away - 4:00
  2. Call It What You Want [C&C Pump It Up 7" Mix] - 4:12

Maxi-CD [2]

  1. If You Go Away - 4:00
  2. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) - 4:24
  3. Please Don't Go Girl - 4:30
  4. I'll Be Loving You (Forever) - 4:22


Chart (1991/1992) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 26
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 25
Canadian Singles Chart 6
German Singles Chart 34
Irish Singles Chart 26
Netherlands Singles Chart 10
Norwegian Singles Chart 4
Swedish Singles Chart[2] 25
UK Singles Chart[3] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16