What If I Said

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"What If I Said"
Single by Anita Cochran with Steve Wariner
from the album Back to You
B-side "Daddy Can You See Me"[1]
Released November 3, 1997
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:52 (album version)
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) Anita Cochran
Producer(s) Anita Cochran, Jim Ed Norman
Anita Cochran singles chronology
"Daddy Can You See Me"
"What If I Said"
"Will You Be Here"
Steve Wariner singles chronology
"Get Back"
"What If I Said"
"Holes in the Floor of Heaven"

"What If I Said" is a song written and performed by American country music artist Anita Cochran as a duet with Steve Wariner. The single was released in November 1997 as was Cochran's only No. 1 single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, as well as her only Top 40 single on that chart.[1] In addition, the song was Wariner's first chart entry in three years, as well as his first No. 1 since 1989's "I Got Dreams."[2] The song was nominated by the Country Music Association for Vocal Duet of the Year in 1998.[3]

"What If I Said" can be found on Cochran's 1997 album Back to You, as well as Wariner's 1998 album Burnin' the Roadhouse Down.


The song is a ballad with Cochran and Wariner portraying two characters who are in unsatisfying relationships with other people, but express their feelings for each other.

It is in the key of C major with a primary chord pattern of C9-Dm75 and an approximate tempo of 60 beats per minute.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jim Shea and premiered in 1997.[5]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997-1998) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 59
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 47
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 22
Preceded by
"Just to See You Smile"
by Tim McGraw
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

February 28, 1998
Succeeded by
"Round About Way"
by George Strait
Preceded by
"I Wanna Fall in Love"
by Lila McCann
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 2, 1998


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 97. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, p. 448
  3. ^ Mayor, Alan. The Nashville Family Album: A Country Music Scrapbook. p. 141. 
  4. ^ "What If I Said". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  5. ^ http://www.cmt.com/videos/steve-wariner/385300/what-if-i-said.jhtml
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3467." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 2, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Anita Cochran – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Anita Cochran.
  8. ^ "Anita Cochran – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Anita Cochran.
  9. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 

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