“Good Ones” is the lead single from English singer-songwriter Charli XCX and her fifth studio album “CRASH“, which was released in March 2022, with the single being released in September 2021. The synthwave, electropop song performed extremely well on charts, and was a standout single for many fans and critics. It was also ranked at #45 on Pitchfork‘s “The 100 Best Songs of 2021” list.
“Good Ones” sees Charli XCX be vulnerable about her inability to find and keep a lover who is not toxic or problematic in how they treat her, ultimately stating that she is unable to keep hold of good people as her partners: “I always let the good ones go“. Charli XCX spoke to Apple Music about her comeback with the song and how she believed it should have been more successful:
“I think this song deserved to be bigger, but I will always think that of my work. But I do think it established the Cliffs Notes version of what the record is—it’s got a darkness to it, and it’s very pop […] This song is produced by Oscar Holter—an extremely active part of the Max Martin camp—and not really written hugely by myself but by two amazing topliners, Caroline Ailin and Noonie Bao. So it’s the absolute polar opposite.”
– Charli XCX, via Apple Music (2021)
The music video was directed by infamous music director Hannah Lux Davis and premiered on 2nd September 2021 via Charli XCX YouTube channel. Filmed in Mexico with the story by Charli XCX, it features Charli XCX attending a funeral of an ex-lover, in which Charli XCX also inevitably dies. Speaking to Eazy 105.5, Charli XCX explained the premise of the video:
“I’ve always wanted to make a funeral video because I’m fascinated with funerals and I also like the idea of taking the lyric “Let the good ones go” very literally, so essentially the video is kind of about me attending my boyfriend’s funeral […]”
– Charli XCX, via Eazy 105.5 (2021)
As of the 21st March 2022, the video had a total of 9.8 million views with 246 thousand likes.
Read the lyrics to “Good Ones” here.
*All information accurate at the time of publishing.