Perfect (Simple Plan song)

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Single by Simple Plan
from the album No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls
Released August 26, 2003
Recorded 2002
Length 4:37
Label Atlantic
Simple Plan singles chronology
"Don't Wanna Think About You"
"Don't Wanna Think About You"

"Perfect" is the fourth and final single taken from Simple Plan's debut album, No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls.

The acoustic version of the song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2004 comedy film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen which stars Lindsay Lohan. The album version was featured in the game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2.

Background and composition[edit]

"Perfect" was written by the band with music composer Arnold Lanni. The song is about a child telling his or her parents (most related to a dad) telling them that he or she is not perfect, and they can't be perfect.[1] Regarding the lyric "Hey dad, look at me" and "I'm sorry I can't be perfect". Drummer Chuck Comeau stated that this song "is his idea", to tell his parents that he's not perfect, he can't be perfect because Comeau's parents weren't supportive of his career choice so in the song, Comeau tells that he made it and he's not perfect and he can't be perfect.[1] Bassist and backing vocalist David Desrosiers also stated that this song was "about him" before starts an acoustic version of the song. In another song of Simple Plan titled "Problem Child" (which also sequel-alike for Perfect) from their fifth studio album Taking One for the Team (2016), Comeau stated that "Problem Child" is "a part 2 of Perfect". Comeau also stated that this song is about his brother who supports him in his music career.[2]

"Perfect" begins with a low-melody guitar-sound and ends with a faded out guitar-sound. In the bridge of the song, the song becomes more punk rock sounding.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Perfect" - 4:37
  2. "Perfect (Acoustic Version)" - 4:08
  3. "Happy Together"
  4. "Perfect" (Video) - 4:34

Music video[edit]

In the music video of the single, the band are playing on the roof of a house. Throughout the video, it shows how teens are trying to escape such pressure by letting everything out, and finally realizing that they can't keep their pain in any longer.

In an acoustic version of the song, the band are seen talking before they play. Bassist David Desrosiers says 'This is about me' before the band starts to play.

The music video was directed by Liz Friedlander.

Chart performance[edit]

"Perfect" became Simple Plan's biggest hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #24. It was also another top 10 hit in Australia, peaking at number 6. The song also reached the top five of the Canadian Top 40. It was #1 in Brazil in 2006, when its live version was released. The song was also used in an episode of Girlfriends.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 5
Australian ARIA Charts[3] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 24
US Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks[4] 24
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[4] 5
New Zealand RIANZ Chart[5] 14

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (2004) Position
Australian ARIA Charts[3] 32


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Platinum 70,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  3. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Discography Simple Plan". Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  4. ^ a b c Simple Plan. "Simple Plan - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Simple Plan - Perfect". Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 

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