Goodbye (4:35)

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Goodbye was the first release from the Spice Girls that did not feature Geri Halliwell. A pop power ballad designed for the lucrative Christimas market, the success of Goodbye seemed to indicate the popularity of the girls was still intact after the fallout from Halliwell’s departure during their 1998 world tour.

The track was written by the girls with its producers Richard “Biff” Stannard and Matt Rowe. The production team were also behind many of the previous hits by the Spice Girls, including Wannabe, Viva Forever and 2 Become 1.

Another platinum single in the UK and their third Christmas #1 in December 1998, Goodbye would sell over 800,000 copies alone in Britain and spend 21 weeks in the Top 75. It was the fourth highest selling single released by the Spice Girls in the UK, only outsold by Wannabe, Say You’ll Be There and 2 Become 1.

As well as its UK success, the single hit #1 in Canada (for an incredible 16 weeks), Ireland and New Zealand. It was a hit in many other European and Asian territories during December 1998 and early 1999. It was another Top 3 smash hit in Australia, obtaining double platinum status.

It would also be the last Spice Girls track to make a signficant impact on the USA, peaking at #11 on the Billboard chart and was certified Gold for over 500,000 sales.

It is estimated that Goodbye has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide.

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  • spicecrafts

    I don't like it that much anymore. It makes me feel depressed/ sad.

    3 Jul 12:25am Reply
  • MarkPrinceGohan

    Lyrically this is a very beautiful song, the production is also really wonderful. I cried my eyes out when I saw them live in London and Geri was they performing it with the 4 of them. I was disappointed at first on hearing that she wouldn't be performing Holler and Let Love Lead the Way but it builds up to her returning and seeing Goodbye with the girls it makes it even more beautiful.

    1 Feb 6:20pm Reply
  • Mia-P

    Listening to this as an adult, I get teary eyed, the lyrics, the harmonies, and the melody, so beautiful!

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pkflyers

    <3

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Suga_rush

    My favorite spice girls song, it's just beautiful, I love the harmonies.

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Rascott03

    <3

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    Late '90s childhood nostalgia. Oh to be at school again, without having made those mistakes.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • FFXSoul91

    @outerspacegirls So true.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • toothybread

    I haven't listened to this song in forever, but listening now, I think it's nice that they're all on good terms/perform together again!

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Killork

    soo beautiful =(

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • fireicicle

    I used to love this so much when it came out ... but now I couldn't care less. :?

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • gossipboyx

    goodbye my friend...

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • CaioM_

    linda !

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • prellar

    <3<3<3

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • leniel

    Good feelings when I hear this song... childhood my friends!

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • gorlbai

    <3

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • kristin354

    das waren noch zeiten, klasse..

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • danielxdarko

    Look for a rainbow in every storm

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
  • MJRocker1987

    Fly like an angel heaven sent to me.

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Zoltanrah

    string parts the best!! :D

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
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