This song had a huge impact on kids who were struggling to get along with the authority figures in their lives. It let them know that others felt the same way, and a sense of community formed around it.
Simple Plan saw the impact for the first time at a show early in their career at a ski resort in Vermont. "There was no barricade or anything, Pierre Bouvier told Songfacts
. "The front row was all a bunch of young people - mostly young girls - that were sitting on the sides of the stage where we were playing, and when we played 'Perfect,' a lot of them were crying. They weren't crying hysterically like with the Beatles where it's like, 'I love you!' It was more the emotion from the lyrics and how they could relate to it. And I remember being like, Holy s--t. These people are crying to the words that I'm singing
. That was the first time I saw that, and I remember it being an indicator of how these songs are more than just me and a band."