If You Only Knew (Shinedown song)

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This article is about the Shinedown song. For the Gina Thompson album, see If You Only Knew (album).
"If You Only Knew"
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Single by Shinedown
from the album The Sound of Madness
Released August 31, 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:46
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Brent Smith, Dave Bassett
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo
Shinedown singles chronology
"Sound of Madness"
"If You Only Knew"
"The Crow & the Butterfly"

"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 gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies.


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

Chart (2009–10) Peak
Canadian Hot 100[1] 64
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 42
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 46
U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs 11
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 21
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 7
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 4

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.


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