Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye

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"Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye"
Single by George Strait
from the album Beyond the Blue Neon
B-side "Bigger Man Than Me"
Released December 26, 1988
Format 7" single
Recorded October 13, 1988
Genre Country
Length 3:30
Label MCA 53486
Songwriter(s) Tony Martin, Troy Martin
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen, George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')"
"Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye"
"What's Going On in Your World"
"If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')"
"Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye"
"What's Going On in Your World"

"Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye" is a song written by Tony Martin and Troy Martin, and recorded by American country music singer George Strait. It was released in December 1988 as the first single from the album Beyond the Blue Neon.


The narrator is a man who is learning that his woman has left him and probably for good this time. She didn't shed a single tear as she left and he knows she’s perfected goodbye this time.

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that the single "is so closely associated with my discovery of George Strait’s music and country music as a whole that I can’t separate the experience enough to give 'Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye' an objective evaluation."[1]

Chart positions[edit]

"Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye" reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[2]

Chart (1988–1989) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 71
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 26


  1. ^ Song review
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second ediiton. Record Research. p. 336. 
  3. ^ "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1989". RPM. December 23, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Best of 1989: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 

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Preceded by
"New Fool at an Old Game" by Reba McEntire
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 1, 1989
Succeeded by
"I'm No Stranger to the Rain" by Keith Whitley