“If I Didn’t Love You” by Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
“If I Didn’t Love You” speaks the truth of being in a relationship filled with ups and downs. When going through a tough phase, it is often easy to walk away than to make things work. However, here we have a case of when the people in the relationship still love each other and chooses to stay.
The temptation, unfortunately, isn’t easy to write off. Conflicting thoughts of “bein’ alone” and “find someone new” are expressed on this track, one that many who have been in the same predicament can relate to. It even comes to a point where Aldean and Underwood wants to “turn the want you off whenever (they) want to” but as we all know, when in love – it is not an easy thing to do. This “want” possibly doesn’t just relate to a sexual thirst but wanting their partner wholeheartedly – mind, body, and soul.
Ultimately, “If I Didn’t Love You” portrays the love that they wish to hold on to and keep pressing forward, together.
Aldean on “If I Didn’t Love You”
In a YouTube interview with “Today’s Country”, Aldean shared that the whole process for getting the song ready for his almost-completed album, “Macon, Georgia” took just two weeks. According to Aldean, having written this song, he along with his team wasn’t sure of who the duet partner would be. Underwood was the first one that they reached out to. Carrie absolutely loved the song upon hearing it. At the end of the day, the pair fused their vocals together and birthed this beautiful song.
“If I Didn’t Love You” was released on the 23rd of July, 2021 as part of Aldean’s tenth album titled “Macon, Georgia”. It is actually the first of two singles birthed by “Macon, Georgia”. The other single (“Trouble with a Heartbreak”) was released in January 2022.
“Macon, Georgia”, which is a double album, had its first half (“Macon”) released on 12th November, 2021. The second part (“Georgia”) came out on 22nd April, 2022.
Who wrote “If I Didn’t Love You”?
Neither Aldean nor Underwood wrote this song. They therefore hold no writing credits on it. The official writing credits are currently held by four songwriters, including Lydia Vaughan. The others include:
- Kurt Allison
- Trully Kennedy
- John Morgan
“If I Didn’t Love You” was a top-20 hit on US Billboard Hot 100. Here, it actually reached a peak position of #15. In addition to that success, it also charted in the Top 10 in Australia and Canada. In the latter, it actually shot to number 1.
- Australia (#4)
- Canada (#1)
- United States (#15)
Notable Awards grabbed by “If I Didn’t Love You”
The duet acquired a number of major awards. For example, it earned the “Single of the Year” award at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. Also, at the 2022 CMT Music Awards, it grabbed two awards, including the “Video of the Year” awards. The other award was for the “Collaborative Video of the Year”.
In addition to the above, it was also nominated for a Grammy in 2022.
Aldeaners and Carrie’s Care Bears expressed much love to this track, many of whom shared stories of how they relate to this duet.
Their fans expressed that it brought memories of people in their lives who never left their hearts, and how the track summed up a relationship filled with ups and downs for 33 years.
Another expressed that they were about ending their marriage but this song made them realize that it’s worth working it out as there was still love for each other.
Was this Jason Aldean’s first time collaborating with Carrie Underwood?
Underwood commented on the music video that was uploaded through Aldean’s YouTube account that she was beyond “excited” to be involved in the creation of this song.
To note, when Aldean sent the track with his vocals on it, Underwood heard it with her husband, Mike Fisher, who liked the song and approved of her doing the duet.
Aldean has been making hits since 2005 with multiple #1 hits under his belt such as “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (ft. Kelly Clarkson) and “Blame It on You”. He’s also received multiple platinum certificates for albums such as “My Kinda Party” and “Night Train”.
2005 American Idol winner, Underwood’s many accolades include being an eight-time Grammy Award winner as of the release date of this collaboration. She is also one of the most successful female country singers of her generation. With one of her earlier tracks, “Inside Your Heaven”, Underwood became the first country artist to top the Billboard Hot 100.