If I Can't Have You (Shawn Mendes song)

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"If I Can't Have You"
Shawn Mendes - If I Can't Have You.png
Single by Shawn Mendes
from the album Shawn Mendes
ReleasedMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
Format
GenrePop rock[1]
Length3:10
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Teddy Geiger
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Nate Mercereau (add.)
  • Scott Harris (add.)
  • Ojivolta (add.)
Shawn Mendes singles chronology
"Nervous"
(2018)
"If I Can't Have You"
(2019)
"Señorita"
(2019)
Music video
"If I Can't Have You" on YouTube

"If I Can't Have You" is a song by Canadian singer Shawn Mendes. It was released as the sixth single from his self-titled third studio album through Island Records on May 3, 2019.[2] The music video was released the same day.[3] "If I Can't Have You" has reached number one in Hungary as well as the top five in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, Slovakia, and the United States.

Background[edit]

Mendes told Zane Lowe on the Beats 1 radio show that out of the 45 songs he has written in the last six months, which are stylistically "all over the place" and have "different vibes", "If I Can't Have You" was "the one consistently every time I played for myself and for friends and family was giving people that smile".[3]

Promotion[edit]

Mendes announced the release through his social media on May 1.[4] He shared a link to the promotional website canthaveyou.com, which redirects to his webstore and offers the single as a 7-inch vinyl, cassette and CD single, with each format available in three versions containing a unique voice memo from Mendes.[2] He performed the song for the first time during Saturday Night Live on May 4, 2019.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

"If I Can't Have You" debuted at number two on both the Canadian Hot 100 and the US Billboard Hot 100, behind "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X. It is Mendes' highest charting hit in both countries surpassing 2015's "Stitches", which peaked at number 4 in the US.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on May 3, 2019, via the singer's official Vevo channel on YouTube. A lyric video was also released on May 6, 2019.

Track listing[edit]

7-inch vinyl, cassette and CD single[7][8][9]
No.TitleLength
1."If I Can't Have You"3:12
2."If I Can't Have You" (extended version) 

Each version of the 7-inch, cassette and CD single contains one of three voice memos from Mendes.[7]

Digital download and streaming[10]
No.TitleLength
1."If I Can't Have You"3:10

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[11]

  • Shawn Mendes – vocals, songwriter, producer, programmer, guitar
  • Teddy Geiger – songwriter, producer, drums, guitar, keyboards, programmer
  • Scott Harris – songwriter, additional producer, guitar
  • Nate Mercereau – songwriter, additional producer, guitar, bass guitar, piano
  • Ojivolta – songwriter, additional producer
  • Ray 'August Grant' Jacobs – backing vocals
  • Raul Cubina – drums, percussion, programmer
  • Ryan Svendsen – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Mark Williams – guitar, keyboards, programmer
  • Zubin Thakkar – engineer, studio personnel
  • George Seara – mixer, recording engineer, studio personnel
  • Mike Gnocato – assistant mixer, studio personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)[12] 91
Australia (ARIA)[13] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[14] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[15] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[16] 11
Bolivia (Monitor Latino)[17] 8
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[18] 2
China Airplay/FL (Billboard)[19] 1
Colombia (National-Report)[20] 94
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[21] 67
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[22] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[23] 5
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 13
France (SNEP)[25] 109
Germany (Official German Charts)[26] 14
Hungary (Single Top 40)[27] 1
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[28] 3
Iceland (Tonlist)[29] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[30] 7
Italy (FIMI)[31] 31
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[32] 27
Malaysia (RIM)[33] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[34] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[35] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[36] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[37] 11
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[38] 11
Portugal (AFP)[39] 14
Romania (Airplay 100)[40] 80
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[41] 3
Singapore (RIAS)[42] 9
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[43] 35
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[44] 2
Slovenia (SloTop50)[45] 9
South Korea (Gaon)[46] 110
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[47] 56
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[48] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[49] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[50] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[51] 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[52] 14
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[53] 3
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[54] 17
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[55] 48
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[56] 4
US Rolling Stone Top 100[57] 20

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[58] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[59] Gold 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[60] Platinum 80,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[61] Gold 15,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[62] Gold 10,000*
Portugal (AFP)[63] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[64] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various May 3, 2019 Island [2]
United States May 7, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [65]

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