Good 4 U

Album: Sour (2021)
Charted: 1 1

Songfacts®:

  • "Good 4 U" is a messy breakup song where Olivia Rodrigo addresses her former boyfriend. He has quickly moved on with a new partner while Olivia is still "cryin' on the floor of my bathroom." She can't comprehend why he doesn't care for her anymore and is acting as if their relationship never happened. Things are going sickeningly well for him since their split, to which Olivia responds: "I guess good for you."
  • Olivia Rodrigo wrote the song with Daniel Nigro, who also produced the track. Nigro, who's also worked with the likes of Sky Ferreira and Conan Gray, is Olivia's regular collaborator and co-wrote "Drivers License."
  • Rodrigo recorded the glossy song for her debut album, Sour, which she has described in various interviews as a mix of pop, folk, and rock. For "Good 4 U" the singer and Nigro set out to do a 2021 take on an early 2000s pop-punk song.

    "I love pop-punk music; I love grunge music; I love country music and folk music, she told NME. "I think, honestly, you can see little influences of all of those genres in my album. And I didn't want to make an entire record that sounded like 'Drivers License.' There's no fun in that for me - and probably not for listeners, either."
  • Chicago producer and songwriter Alexander 23 (birth name Alexander Glantz) helped Nigro produce the track. Glantz teamed up with Selena Gomez in 2020 to remix her song "Rare."
  • The Canadian photographer and fashion designer Petra Collins directed the video, which pays homage to the 2009 cult horror comedy movie Jennifer's Body. Collins has also filmed clips for Carly Rae Jepsen ("Boy Problems"), Selena Gomez ("Fetish"), and Cardi B ("Bartier Cardi").
  • Rodrigo performed this song and "Drivers License" when she was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, May 15, 2021.
  • The song climbed to #1 on its second week on the UK singles chart simultaneously with Sour debuting at the top of the album tally. In doing so, the 18-year-old Rodrigo became the youngest solo act to reach the summit on both the UK singles and albums chart in the same week.

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