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"If Only" is a song performed by American recording artist Dove Cameron from Disney Channel's 2015 television film, Descendants, whose music and lyrics were composed by Adam Anders, Nikki Hassman, and Peer Astrom.

The song debuted at number 99 in the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at 94. The song was included in the film soundtrack with the same title.

Meaning of the Song[]

This is a solo sung by Dove Cameron as her character Mal feels confused with what to do about her starting to genuinely fall in love with Ben and how she wishes to stay with him in Auradon and not return home to her mother on the Isle of the Lost.

Composition[]

A mid tempo slow-jam pop song, "If Only" exhibits elements of ballad and bubblegum pop. Multi-tracked harmonies, the song's instrumentation includes slow-bouncing piano tones and keyboard. The song was written by Adam Anders, Nikki Hassman, and Peer Astrom and produced by the duo Twin.

The critics of Fictively noted that part of the song is an internal monologue, meant to be fluid in the story. Lyrically, the song talks about an internal conflict over a love interest ("Should I let my heart keep listening? /Which way should I go?").

Chart Performance[]

On August 11, 2015, "If Only" debuted at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was peaked at number 94 in the second season. On August 22, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Kid Digital Songs. Internationally, the song reached number 186 in France.

Critical reception[]

The song has received positive reviews from music critics. Daynah of Disney Geek He commented that "If Only" is sweet, filled with emotions and "one of the best songs on the album". Marshal Knight of Laughing Place was positive and compared the song to "Gotta Go My Own Way", by Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron from High School Musical 2 (2007) and "the good times" of The Cheetah Girls film series, saying "her voice really breaks through and shows emotion, while also belting her face off".

Gary Wright of Rotoscopes said that "If Only" is the best of the album in terms of angst and emotion and one of the best works from Disney Channel Original Movies. He also compares the song to "Part of Your World", by Jodi Benson from The Little Mermaid (1989), and "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)", by Susan Egan and Cheryl Freeman from Hercules (1997).

Shirley Li of Entertainment Weekly said that although Descendants is far from perfect, "If Only" is worth it. The critic of Fictively was positive, saying that the song is the best album and comparing Cameron's voice to the American singer Jewel. JS Magazine said the song is "amazing" and the best along with "Rotten to the Core".

Lyrics[]

A million thoughts in my head
Should I let my heart keep listening?
Cause up 'til now, I've walked the line
Nothing lost but something missing
I can't decide what's wrong, what's right
Which way should I go?

If only I knew what my heart was telling me
Don't know what I'm feeling
Is this just a dream?
Ah oh, yeah
If only I could read the signs in front of me
I could find the way to who I'm meant to be
Ah oh, if only
If only
If only

Every step, every word
With every hour I'm falling in
To something new, something brave
To someone I, I have never been
I can't decide what's wrong, what's right
Which way should I go?

If only I knew what my heart was telling me
Don't know what I'm feeling
Is this just a dream?
Ah oh, yeah
If only I could read the signs in front of me
I could find the way to who I'm meant to be
Ah oh, If only
Yeah

Am I crazy?
Maybe
We could happen
Yeah
Will you still be with me
When the magic's all run out?

If only I knew what my heart was telling me
Don't know what I'm feeling
Is this just a dream?
Ah oh...
If only I could read the signs in front of me
I could find the way to who I'm meant to be
Ah oh...

If only, yeah
If only, yeah
If only, yeah
If only, yeah

If only
If only

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Trivia[]

  • During the song, some of Mal's flashbacks that show Ben reveal he has an instant attraction to her since they met.
  • If one listens to the song closely, they would hear Ben's faint voice joining in after the start of the second chorus up to the end of the song.


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