Goodbye (Spice Girls song)

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Single by Spice Girls
B-side "Christmas Wrapping"
Released 14 December 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop
Length 4:44 (single version)
4:35 (album version)
4:20 (radio version)
Label Virgin
  • Richard Stannard
  • Matt Rowe
Spice Girls singles chronology
"Viva Forever"
"Holler"/"Let Love Lead the Way"
Music video
"Goodbye" on YouTube

"Goodbye" is a song by the Spice Girls, later included on their third studio album, Forever (2000). It was released by Virgin Records on 14 December 1998 as a Christmas single, along with a previously unreleased song, "Christmas Wrapping". The song was written by the Spice Girls, Richard Stannard, and Matt Rowe, and is the group's first song without the vocals of Geri Halliwell. "Goodbye" made the Spice Girls the first act to have three consecutive Christmas number-one singles since The Beatles.1



Goodbye was originally written in 1997 with both Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard intending it to be on the Spice World Album. But with time constraint it never was recorded by the Spice Girls. While touring in America after the departure of Geri Halliwell, Stannard and Rowe flew to Nashville, Tennessee to meet the group and rewrite the song. The group put input on the song and recorded it.


"Goodbye" was released in a two-CD format (standed single and a maxi single). The typical track listing internationally followed the UK track listing. In the U.S. the single was released as an EP and contained only the B-side, "Christmas Wrapping", and live versions of "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" and "We Are Family", which were recorded at their final concert at Wembley Stadium in September 1998. The U.S. single also included a set of four stickers of the girls, portraying them as fairies, similar to their appearance in the music video of "Viva Forever". In 2000, it was included on the group's third studio album, Forever.


Critical response

A sample of the song. This is the first song without Halliwell's vocals.

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A review of Sputnikmusic considered the song "very tasteful and emotionally sweeping,"3 while Tania Kraines from BBC Music said "the heartbroken post-Geri 'Goodbye' provided the girls with their last really good single."4 Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic said, "neither the production, songs, nor performances [of Forever have much life to them, with the exception of the closer, Goodbye."

Chart performance

In the United Kingdom, the single became the group's eighth number-one single, topping the charts for one week, selling 380,000 in the first week. "Goodbye" got them into the record as the first act to have three consecutive Christmas number-one singles since the Beatles. As of December 2013, the song has sold 884,000 copies in the UK alone, becoming their fourth best-selling single.1 In New Zealand, it debuted and peaked at number one for two weeks, their second consecutive number one after "Viva Forever", which also debuted and peaked at number one for two weeks. "Goodbye" was their third and final number one hit in New Zealand, with "Wannabe" in 1996 being the first. It was also their ninth consecutive top ten hit for the girls in that country. "Holler" would be their tenth.

The song debuted and peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100, with sales of 74,000 copies5 at number four on the Hot 100 Singles Sales, and certified Gold for shipments of 600,000 copies5

Music video

The group as a four-piece, in the music video for "Goodbye".

The music video for the song was filmed at Mentmore Towers in Mentmore, Buckinghamshire on 1 and 2 November 1998. It opens with each of the girls in four different black cars: 1957 Cadillac Fleetwood 75, 1941 Cadillac Fleetwood 75, 1955 Imperial Newport, 1958 Imperial Crown, and white wolves running. They arrive at a castle and walk up the stairs arm-in-arm. When they enter there are frozen couples that the girls observe. The video also shows shots of each girl in a different setting with falling objects and then together as a group. The video ends with the ice melting off the people as they come back to life, then shows the shot of the girls entering in reverse to look like they are leaving.

Live performances

"Goodbye" was included on the setlist of Christmas In Spiceworld Tour in 1999. The song was performed at the 2000 BRIT Awards along with "Spice Up Your Life", "Say You'll Be There" and forthcoming single "Holler". During the ceremony the Spice Girls received an Award for Outstanding Contribution To The British Music Industry. It was also performed on the Royal Variety Performance, Pepsi Chart and Top of the Pops in 1998 to promote the single.

In 2007 and 2008, the song was performed on Return of the Spice Girls tour. Geri Halliwell sang the harmony with the rest of the girls. It was the only song recorded without her vocals that she participated in.

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Goodbye".

Credits and personnel

Published by EMI Music Publishing (WP) Ltd., Universal Music Publishing.8



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)28 Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)29 2× Platinum 20,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)30 Platinum 15,000*
Sweden (GLF)31 Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)32 Platinum 884,5001
United States (RIAA)33 Gold 600,0005

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

Chart precession and succession

Preceded by
"Too Much" by Spice Girls
UK Christmas number-one single
Succeeded by
"I Have a Dream" by Westlife
Preceded by
"To You I Belong" by B*Witched
UK Singles Chart number-one single
20 December 1998
Succeeded by
"Chocolate Salty Balls" by Chef
Preceded by
"Believe" by Cher
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
26 December 1998
Succeeded by
"Chocolate Salty Balls" by Chef
Preceded by
"Crush" by Jennifer Paige
New Zealand RIANZ singles chart number-one single
20 December 1998 – 3 January 1999
Succeeded by
"Believe" by Cher


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