Too Good at Goodbyes

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"Too Good at Goodbyes"
Too Good at Goodbyes.jpg
Single by Sam Smith
from the album The Thrill of It All
Released 8 September 2017
Genre Orchestral pop[1]
Length 3:21
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Sam Smith singles chronology
"Momentarily Mine"
(2016)
"Too Good at Goodbyes"
(2017)
"One Last Song"
(2017)

"Momentarily Mine"
(2016)
"Too Good at Goodbyes"
(2017)
"One Last Song"
(2017)
Music video
"Too Good at Goodbyes" on YouTube

"Too Good at Goodbyes" is a song by English singer Sam Smith. It was written by James Napier, Tor Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen and Smith, and produced by Napes, Steve Fitzmaurice and StarGate. It was released on 8 September 2017 through Capitol Records, as the lead single from his second studio album, The Thrill of It All (2017).[3]

The song reached number one in the UK and number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It also topped the charts in Australia and New Zealand, and reached the top 10 in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as the top 20 in Austria, Finland, Germany, and Spain.

Background and release[edit]

On 31 August 2017, Smith announced new music was coming via social media.[4] On 1 September, Spotify put up billboards in New York City, Los Angeles, and London to announce the release date of Smith's new music.[5] The song was released worldwide to download and streaming websites on 8 September.[6]

Composition[edit]

"Too Good at Goodbyes" is in the key of D minor in common time with a tempo of 92 beats per minute. The chord progression is Dm–F–C–Gm7. Smith's vocals span from F3 to D5.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Jon Blistein from Rolling Stone called Smith's comeback song "poignant" and wrote, "The piano-led song finds the singer pulling away from a volatile relationship. 'But every time you hurt me, the less that I cry / And every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry,' he sings, soulfully. 'And every time you walk out, the less I love you / Baby, we don't stand a chance / It's sad, but it's true.' The lilting chorus is buoyed by a choir, as they harmonize, 'I'm way too good at goodbyes.'"[8] Chris Willman of Variety said about the track, "Once again, Smith is plumbing the depths of melancholia with a flawless, effortlessly flexible tenor that seems to be on loan to the underworld from somewhere in the heavens. There's not a lot in the track that he, carry-over collaborator Jimmy Napes, and songwriter-producer duo Stargate have come up with to detract from that instrument. For the first minute of the song, Smith’s voice is joined only by the sparsest and most basic piano chords, along with some finger-snapping. Eventually a light beat kicks in, then a gospel choir, as if to almost mock Smith’s romantic lamentation by raising it to the level of spiritual battle."[9] Marc Hogan of Pitchfork was more negative, and opined "'Too Good at Goodbyes' doesn't so much reflect a person exceptionally skilled in ending relationships as it feels equal parts calculating and convoluted."[10]

Music video[edit]

Smith uploaded the official audio to his YouTube and Vevo accounts on 8 September 2017.[11] The audio was later removed when he released the official music video for the song on 18 September 2017.[12] It was filmed in Newcastle upon Tyne.[13] On 29 September 2017, Smith released a video of him performing "Too Good at Goodbyes" at the Round Chapel in Hackney.[14] As of October 2018, the music video has been viewed over 890 million times.[12]

Chart performance[edit]

"Too Good at Goodbyes" topped the UK Singles Chart on 15 September 2017 - for the week ending dated 21 September 2017 - with 33,000 downloads and 4.4 million streams, dethroning Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" from the summit and giving Smith his sixth number-one single on the chart. It also stayed atop the UK charts for three consecutive weeks giving Smith his longest run at number one there.[15] It also debuted at number one in Australia and New Zealand. It is Smith's first number one single in Australia.

In the United States, the song entered at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated 30 September with 90,000 downloads and 20.8 million streams, topping the Digital Songs chart and receiving an audience of 35 million in radio airplay. It is also Smith's highest debut in the country and his second song to top the Digital Songs chart after "Stay with Me" in 2014.[16] "Too Good at Goodbyes" later ascended to number four on the issue dated 25 November, after the release of The Thrill of It All.[17] In November 2017, the song was certified platinum in the US for shipments of one million units.[18]

Live performances[edit]

Smith announced four live dates in September to help promote the song.[19] He also performed it at the We Can Survive concert on 21 October.[20]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[21]
  1. "Too Good at Goodbyes" – 3:21
  • Digital download (Acoustic)[22]
  1. "Too Good at Goodbyes" (Acoustic) – 3:40
  • Digital download (Galantis Remix)[23]
  1. "Too Good at Goodbyes" (Galantis Remix) – 3:12
  • Digital download (Snakehips Remix)[24]
  1. "Too Good at Goodbyes" (Snakehips Remix) – 3:58

Credits and personnel[edit]

Personnel[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[90] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Belgium (BEA)[91] Platinum 30,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[92] 2× Platinum 120,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[93] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[94] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[95] Platinum 133,333*
Italy (FIMI)[96] 2× Platinum 100,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[97] Platinum 30,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[98] 2× Platinum 20,000*
Portugal (AFP)[99] Platinum 20,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[100] Platinum 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[101] 4× Platinum 160,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[102] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[18] 4× Platinum 4,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various 8 September 2017 Digital download Original Capitol [3]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Universal [103]
United Kingdom Capitol [104]
United States 18 September 2017 Adult album alternative radio [105]
Various 29 September 2017 Digital download Acoustic [22]
Galantis Remix [23]
Snakehips Remix [24]
22 February 2018 Live at the BRITs [106]

See also[edit]

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