"If I Didn't Have You" (CD single)



Hannah co-stars charm with lively song.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sweet message about the importance of friendship: "I must admit it/big guy, you always come through/I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have you."

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Obvious tie-in to Hannah Montana and all things Disney.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these two Hannah Montana stars deliver a catchy, playful song about two friends and what their friendship means to one another. "I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have you" sums up the PG-rated theme. The song was originally from Monsters, Inc.

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What's the story?

IF I DIDN'T HAVE YOU may sound familiar. The lovable characters from Monsters, Inc., Mike and Sulley, sang it together in the film, garnering an Oscar for Best Original Song. And now two lovable characters from Disney's Hannah Montana sing it together. "I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have you" sums up the PG-rated theme.

Is it any good?


As Miley's best friends on TV, Lilly (Emily Osment) and Oliver (Mitchel Musso) perform together really well. They now bring their chemistry from the show to both the song and its music video. The song is really breezy and playful and will no doubt be yet another hit on Disney's belt. In the video, Emily and Mitchel are walking through a school campus singing to each other followed by some background dancers. They don't do much dancing themselves, but definitely know how to look cool.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Disney's hit show, Hannah Montana. It has boosted Miley Cyrus' career, created a resurrection of Billy Ray, and made gobs of money with its endless merchandising. Do you think the show will create big careers for the other stars, Emily and Mitchel, too?

Music details

Artists:Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso
Release date:June 11, 2008
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old December 29, 2009


I love this song and it should be for ages 5+. Disney's Mitchell Musso and Emily Osment put some work. Now neither of them wrote this song. Mike and Sulley sung this song on Monsters Inc. But, I think that the Miley's co-stars on Hannah Montana did a way better job. No offense!
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