The rapping on this track was done by the Southern Hip-Hop artist Petey Pablo. "Goodies" was penned as a female answer song to Pablo's hit "Freek-a-Leek."
This was the second-biggest selling single in the UK in 2005 and held the #1 position in the Billboard 100 singles chart for 7 weeks.
With this track, Ciara became the first female artist to record a crunk song. Hip-Hop producer Lil' Jon, who helmed this track, explained in publicity materials for Goodies: "Crunk & B songs are R&B songs that get you crunk. They make you wanna wild out." He added that this song "is a female-empowerment record. The female has the power. The female is in control on this song. This is one of those records for the ladies."
Ciara co-wrote this with "Yeah!
" songwriter Sean Garrett. Lil Jon said he was impressed by Ciara's approach to the song: "She did an excellent job on it. With this record, it's the way she rides over the track, the way she freaks the beat and the stuff that she says to connect her with other women. She's saying stuff that women can relate to. Guys are always trying to get some from a girl and she's like you can't have it. That's what makes her stand out and this is one of those records with that undeniable energy where as soon as the beat comes on it catches you and makes you move. You can't sit still when that song comes on. Crunk music you can't fake because it's all about the energy. It's gotta be real."
In the hook, Ciara warns, "If you're looking for the goodies keep on looking 'cause they stay in the jar." She explained: "I think we all run across this problem. A guy thinks you're gonna be with him because he's got the iced out chain, he's popular and all that. But that ain't it. That ain't gonna make me give you my number and that's definitely not gonna make me go home with you. It's the truth."
Speaking on an episode of MTV's This Is How I Made It, Ciara explained that this hit tune was originally a riff off the children's song "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?" and it had a different title. "The first [recording] session started in Miami with myself, Lil' Jon and Sean Garrett. We started writing the verse down, shouting out melodies and at one time, I've never said this before, but at one time the song was called 'Cookies,' " she revealed.
Ciara added with a smile: "It was that song but it was my way of doing the analogy of your love being your goodies, your cookie jar. Just because you've got a Benz and you've got money doesn't mean you get the goodies."