Story of Song
When One Direction first released “Perfect” fans speculated that certain lyrics in the song are about the relationship Harry Styles and Taylor Swift had. The lyrics “If you like when I’m driving with the windows down, If you like going places we can’t even pronounce, If you like to do whatever you’ve been dreaming about, Baby you’re perfect”, is thought to be related to Swift’s “I Wish You Would” lyrics “It’s 2 A.M, in your car, windows down, you pass my street, the memories start”. But when Styles was asked about it in an interview that aired on (Nova 96.9FM) radio in Australia, he said” “Perfect” is for sure a love song, but it’s quite a spontaneous love song, It’s not one about thinking through too much, being like, hey, I want to be with you for the rest of my life. It’s like well, you know, this could be fun. It doesn’t always have to be an exact story”. Louis Tomlinson who also participated in writing the song said “You write about your own experiences,” perhaps hoping to divert people from thinking that “Perfect” is about Swift.
Released on October 16, 2015
Jesse Shatkin – Jacob Kasher – John Ryan – Maureen Anne Mcdonald – Julian Bunetta – Harry Styles – Louis Tomlinson
Syco – Sony
US – 10
UK – 2
GERMANY – 20
“Perfect” debuted at number 2 in the UK and at number 10 in the US. It Reached the top 10 in 14 countries and was certified Gold in Australia, Italy and New Zealand. One Direction broke the record for the most top 10 Hot 100 debuts among bands, previously held by The Beatles.
Artist’s age on release date
When One Direction released “Perfect” Tomlinson was 23, Horan and Payne were 22 and Styles was 21 years young.
The X Factor UK host “Olly Murs” covered “Perfect” on the live lounge that aired on BBC 1 Radio. Other amateur artists covered it as well.