If You Only Knew (Shinedown song)

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"If You Only Knew"
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Single by Shinedown
from the album The Sound of Madness
ReleasedAugust 31, 2009
Producer(s)Rob Cavallo
Shinedown singles chronology
"Sound of Madness"
"If You Only Knew"
"The Crow & the Butterfly"
Music video
"If You Only Knew" on YouTube

"If You Only Knew" is the fourth single by American rock band Shinedown from their 2008 album, The Sound of Madness. The music video premiered on October 6, 2009.

The song was written about Brent Smith's ex-girlfriend when she was pregnant with their child. Smith has described the song as "their first ballad".

The song was used in a promo for ABC's daytime drama One Life to Live.

"If You Only Knew" was certified platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1,000,000 copies.


After Shinedown recorded their second studio album Us and Them, Smith decided to take time off before starting on the next studio album. In an interview with The Oklahoman, Smith said he would "never do a love song, ever" but changed his mind after falling in love with an old friend he reunited with. Smith explained "If You Only Knew" was "about the person that you love and that you miss and that you still believe in, and that's the only thing that you have to hold onto sometimes."[1]


On the week ending November 14, 2009, "If You Only Knew" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 92. Five weeks later, it peaked at number 42. On the week ending February 6, 2010, it matched its peak. "If You Only Knew" peaked at number 64 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Music video[edit]

This video takes place on the steel skeleton of a skyscraper in New York City that has yet to be finished being built. While the main focus of the video is upon the band playing there are also shots of couples standing around the rafters of said building.


In 2016, "If You Only Knew" was certified platinum in the United States.[6]


  1. ^ Triplett, Gene (1 August 2008). "Inspiring woman leads Shinedown to love song". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/shinedown/chart-history/billboard-canadian-hot-100
  3. ^ "Shinedown Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Adult Pop Songs – Year-End 2010". Billboard. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "Rock Songs – Year-End 2010". Billboard. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Shinedown – If You Only Knew". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 16, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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