Good (song)

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Good single.jpg
Single by Better Than Ezra
from the album Deluxe
ReleasedFebruary 1995
GenreAlternative rock, post-grunge[1]
Songwriter(s)Kevin Griffin
Producer(s)Dan Rothchild
Better Than Ezra singles chronology
"In the Blood"
Music video
"Good" on YouTube

"Good" is a song by American alternative rock band Better Than Ezra. It was released in February 1995 as the first single from their major-label debut album, Deluxe. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, No. 3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Good" was featured in a trailer for the 1995 film The Baby-Sitters Club,[2] the 1998 film Dirty Work and on an episode of Hindsight.


Kevin Griffin wrote the song in late 1990 or early 1991, just after he had graduated from LSU and had formed Better Than Ezra. It was a part of the band's set lists for several years before being released as a single in early 1995. His simple four-chord pattern and strong modulation was inspired by Bob Dylan's mastery of the three-chord structure, as well as alt-rock pioneers REM and the Pixies. "I wanted to talk about the positive things that come from the end of a relationship. There's always the hurt feelings and everyone's guarded and it can be traumatic, but when the dust settles, it was about looking at the good things - no pun intended - that you got from that relationship. How did you grow? What did you learn emotionally? And to experience some stuff. And in this case it was just kind of reflecting on how this person changed," said Griffin. He was in a happy relationship at the time, so the song wasn't personal experience, but he broke up shortly after.[3]

Track listings and formats[edit]

  1. "Good"  – 3:05
  2. "Circle of Friends" (Live Version) – 3:39
  • GER Maxi CD Single[6]
  1. "Good"  – 3:05
  2. "Summerhouse" (Live Version) – 2:23
  3. "Know You Better" (Live Version) – 4:32
  4. "Circle of Friends" (Live Version) – 3:39



  1. ^ Unterberger, Andrew. "Top Ten Mediocre Post-Grunge / Alternative Bands". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra". Songfacts. April 27, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  4. ^ Good (US CD Single liner notes). Better Than Ezra. Elektra Records. 1995. 7559-64428-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Good (US Cassette Single liner notes). Better Than Ezra. Elektra Records. 1995. 4-64428.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ Good (GER Maxi CD Single liner notes). Better Than Ezra. Elektra Records. 1995. 7559-66118-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – 17 Sep 1995". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved July 5, 2017. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
  8. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 62, No. 5, September 04 1995". RPM. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  9. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 61, No. 19, June 11, 1995". RPM. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  10. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  11. ^ "Better than Ezra Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Better than Ezra Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Better than Ezra Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Better than Ezra Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2010.

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