Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood released the joint single “If I Didn’t Love You” on Friday (July 23), a tear-in-your-beer ballad about how much better off they’d be if they hadn’t opened up their hearts.
“If I didn’t love you/ I’d be good by now/ I’d be better than barely, getting by somehow/ Yeah, it would be easy not to miss you/ Wonder about who’s with you/ Turn the want you off/ Whenever I want to/ If I didn’t love you, if I didn’t love you,” they sing together on the song’s chorus.
“If I Didn’t Love You” is the lead single from Aldean’s upcoming 10th album, and in a statement, he said it almost didn’t make the cut. “We were pretty close to finishing up this album, but this song came in and we knew we had to record it,” Aldean said. “I went ahead and put my vocals down while we asked Carrie in the meantime. Luckily she loved the song and it was kind of like a rocket from there. She did her thing like only Carrie can … and I don’t know how, but she made it sound even better than what we expected. It’s a really special song to start this album.”
The track was produced by Aldean’s longtime friend and collaborator Michael Knox, and written by his bandmates Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy, with John Morgan and Lydia Vaughan. The song comes as Aldean gears up for his Back in the Saddle tour, slated to kick off on Aug. 5 in Virginia Beach, Va.
Listen to “If I Didn’t Love You” below.