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"If Only" is a song performed by American actress and singer 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 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at 94. The song was included on the film soundtrack of the same name.


A midtempo slow-jam pop song, "If Only" exhibits elements of ballad. 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 listenin'? / Which way should I go?").

Chart performance

On August 11, 2015, "If Only" debuted at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100. Then it jumped 5 spots on the chart and peaking at number 94 in its second week before falling of the chart the following week. On August 22, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Kid Digital Songs. Internationally, the song reached number 186 in France.

Live performances

On August 17, 2015, Cameron performed the song at D23 Expo. On August 28, she and Ryan McCartan released an acoustic live video of the song as The Girl and the Dreamcatcher, their band. On October 19, she also performed the song at Downtown Disney during the Descendants Fan Event.

Music video

The video was directed by Kenny Ortega and released on July 31, 2015. In the video, taken from a film scene, Cameron sings in a forest clearing.

Track listings

  • Digital download
  1. "If Only" – 3:49
  2. "If Only (Reprise)" – 0:41


Chart performance for "If Only"
Chart (2015) Peak
France (SNEP) 186
US Billboard Hot 100 94
US Kid Digital Songs (Billboard) 2
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