Underwood debuted the song on the twelfth season of American Idol on April 4, 2013. "See You Again" is Underwood's eighteenth consecutive Top 10 single on the BillboardHot Country Songs chart and is also her seventeenth single to be certified at least Gold by the RIAA. As of December 2013, the single has sold 740,000 copies in the United States. On August 10, 2015, "See You Again" was officially certified as Platinum.
"See You Again" tells the story of moving onwards after experiencing the death of a loved one in life. The lyrics provide hope and promise through Underwood's belief that one will reunite with every fallen loved one in the afterlife. The song's opening consists of a solo piano, followed by a backing chorus and band kicking in shortly after.
The song has received positive reviews from music critics. Billboard.com described the song to be "truly a taste of heaven." Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe included the song in his personal favorite tracks from the Blown Away studio album in the website's 2012 year-end countdown of editors' favorite Country albums of the year, as did Matt Bjorke of Roughstock for their album countdown. Liv Carter of Urban Country News gave the song a "thumbs up", adding "what pulls it over the line however, and presumably why it has become a fan-favorite, is its sincerity in wishing to bring comfort and Underwood’s confident performance." Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine was less favorable, saying that "the chorus of power ballad "See You Again" is marred by dated, campy arena-rock clichés."
The song debuted at No. 60 on the US Country Airplay chart for the week of April 13, 2013, and peaked at No. 2 for the chart dated September 7, 2013. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 90 for the chart dated May 18, 2013, and peaked at No. 34 for the chart of August 31, 2013. It also peaked at No.7 on the Hot Country Songs chart on August 24, 2013. As of December 2013, the single has sold 740,000 copies in the United States.
On August 10, 2015 "See You Again" was officially certified as Platinum.