If I Ever Fall in Love

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"If I Ever Fall in Love"
Shai - If I Ever Fall in Love.jpg
Single by Shai
from the album ...If I Ever Fall in Love
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1992
FormatCD single
GenreA cappella
LabelGasoline Alley, MCA
Songwriter(s)Carl "Groove" Martin
Producer(s)Carl "Groove" 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 number 2 in the US in 1992, and peaked at number two on the US R&B chart.[2] Its eight weeks at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, which was held off from the top slot due to the massive success of "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, 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 number 36.[3]


Chart (1992–93) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 21
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 53
Germany (Official German 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

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 7

Decade-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 66

East 17 and Gabrielle version[edit]

"If You Ever"
East Seventeen & Gabrielle - If You Ever (CD 1).jpg
Single by East 17 featuring Gabrielle
from the album Around the World (the Journey So Far) and Gabrielle
Released21 October 1996
FormatCD single
GenrePop, R&B
LabelGo Beat, Universal Records, London Records
Songwriter(s)Carl Martin
Producer(s)Mike Rose & Nicholas Foster
East 17 singles chronology
"Someone to Love"
"If You Ever"
"Hey Child"
Gabrielle singles 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 British boy band East 17 and singer Gabrielle (with a backing track), and renamed "If You Ever". It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, behind "Say You'll Be There" by the Spice Girls, and also peaked within the top ten of the charts in Latvia. It was also one of only three songs by Gabrielle to reach the top 20 in Australia, peaking at number sixteen.

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)[14] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[15] 35
Denmark (IFPI)[16] 9
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[17] 17
France (SNEP)[18] 19
Germany (Official German Charts)[19] 31
Ireland (IRMA) 4
Japan (Oricon)[20] 11
Latvia (EHR)[21] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[22] 38
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[23] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 20
UK (Official Charts Company) 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
UK Singles Chart 18


Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[26] 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 featuring Noam version[edit]

"If You Ever"
Single by AVRI featuring Noam
Released12 October 2010
FormatCD single
GenrePop, dance, house
LabelKult Records
Songwriter(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]


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