If I Wanted To

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"If I Wanted To"
If I Wanted To single.jpg
Single by Melissa Etheridge
from the album 'Yes I Am'
ReleasedFebruary 1995
FormatCD single
RecordedA&M Studios, Los Angeles
GenreRock, Pop
Length3:55 (Album Version)
3:35 (Edit)
LabelIsland Records
Songwriter(s)Melissa Etheridge
Producer(s)Melissa Etheridge
Hugh Padgham
Melissa Etheridge singles chronology
"All American Girl"
"If I Wanted To"
"Your Little Secret"

"If I Wanted To" is a song by American singer, Melissa Etheridge. It was released in 1995 as the final single from Etheridge's 1993 studio album, Yes I Am.

"If I Wanted To", which was released as the two-sided single "If I Wanted To / Like the Way I Do", debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1995 at No. 25, making it the highest-debuting single of 1995.[1] The single's debut was the best for any song since Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee" debuted at No. 14 in November 1994.[1] Fred Bronson of Billboard wrote, at the time, that with the single's record debut, "Melissa Etheridge continues to solidify her new status as a chart superstar with the highest-debuting single of 1995."[1]

"If I Wanted To" peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1995.[2] Strong singles sales in March 1995 for TLC's "Red Light Special," Real McCoy's "Run Away," and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa" prevented "If I Wanted To" from rising higher on the Hot 100, despite widespread airplay on major U.S. radio stations.[3]

Music video[edit]

The single's music video was directed by Samuel Bayer.


Weekly charts[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "If I Wanted To" Billboard Hot 100 16[2]
1995 "If I Wanted To" Adult Contemporary 17
1995 "If I Wanted To" Top 40 Mainstream 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 91


  1. ^ a b c Bronson, Fred (1995-02-18). ""Bow" Wows at No. 2; Hot Shot Melissa (page 122)". Billboard (Google Books). Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  2. ^ a b "Melissa Etheridge Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  3. ^ Elliot, Dave (1995-03-18). "Hot 100 Singles Spotlight (page 83)". Billboard (Google Books). Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  4. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1995". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.