What If (Creed song)

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"What If"
Single by Creed
from the album Human Clay
Released January 2000
Format CD
Recorded Late 1998 - Early 1999
Genre Alternative metal, hard rock
Length 5:18
Label Wind-Up Records
Writer(s) Scott Stapp
Mark Tremonti
Producer(s) John Kurzweg
Creed singles chronology
"What If"
"With Arms Wide Open"

"What If" is a song by Creed, released as the second single from their 1999 album Human Clay.

In the song, Scott Stapp sings about hatred and those who oppress others. According to guitarist Mark Tremonti, the intro was inspired by the song "Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones.

The song was used in the 2000 film, Scream 3, for which Creed helped to produce the soundtrack. The music video portrayed Creed band members being "killed" by the infamous Ghostface character from the Scream films. The video features actor David Arquette.

Stapp sings the title of the song 53 times in total.

The song was performed by Chris Daughtry on the 5th season of American Idol.

Along with Bullets, it is one of Creed's heaviest songs, and one of their few metal songs.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 2
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 15


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