“If You Want Me To”
Written by Joe Diffie and Larry Williams
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
February 15, 1991
Joe Diffie keeps his No. 1 streak going with the second single from his debut album.
The Road to No. 1
Joe Diffie topped all three industry charts with “Home,” his debut single from his first album, A Thousand Winding Roads. For the second single, Epic chose “If You Want Me To,” the first Diffie single to be supported by a video clip.
The No. 1
“If You Want Me To” is a tender ballad that serves as another showcase for Diffie’s singing talent, as he vows he will do whatever the woman he loves desires, whether she wants him to stay or to leave. But he makes clear he has a preference to stay.
It doesn’t reach the dizzying heights of “Home,” with the melody and the hook being less memorable. It also doesn’t have the emotional depth of some of his later ballads.
But it’s remarkable how even Diffie’s lesser hits still sound great today, further serving as a reminder of the full breadth of his talent.
The Road From No. 1
Diffie will score two more No. 1 hits in 1991, all from his debut album.
“If You Want Me To” gets a B.