It’s about being hurt in the past from a relationship and now becoming more wary and better prepared when expecting the break-up. Sam Smith is now an exit expert. In an interview with Radio One Smith explained that this song is based on his personal experience, he said: “This song is about a relationship I was in and it’s basically about getting good at getting dumped. It’s been a long while since I’ve put any music out and I feel that this first single sets the tone of what is to come”. Smith explained more about this personal story that inspired him to write this song for Amazon Music Unlimited’s Side By Side Experience series, he said: “This song is, I’ll be very open about it, it’s about a relationship I was in in 2016. I basically got dumped about three times. And on the third time that everything ended, I had got so good at walking out the door that I kind of knew what to do, and I had a tick box in front of me of all the things I would do to get over this person.” In another interview with Radio.com, Sam Smith talked about the same relationship, he said: “I was in a relationship, a very short and brief one. I basically got dumped a few times and I kept going back. It was a very tumultuous relationship. Every time I would hit a wall, I just got better and better at saying goodbye, so when it did finally come to an end, I was ready and prepped. I felt like a master of heartbreak at that time, but I still don’t know what I’m doing. The first thing you do is you drink and go out with your friends and actually try to forget about him and then you sit with yourself and grieve. I think it’s so important to sit with yourself and think about what that relationship was, the positives and negatives and sit and live with it for a minute.”
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Songwriter/s: James Napier – Tor Hermansen – Mikkel Eriksen – Sam Smith
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 9 on the Adult Contemporary and Mainstream Top 40, number 7 on the Adult Top 40 and number 5 on the Dance Club songs. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Platinum for sales over 1 million copies. In the UK, the song topped the Official Charts Company, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Gold for sales over 400, 000 copies. ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’ topped the charts in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Scotland, it reached the top 10 charts in several countries around the world including Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. it was certified Double Platinum in Sweden, Platinum in Australia, Canada, Italy and New Zealand, and Gold in Belgium, Denmark, and Spain.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Samuel Frederick Smith was 25 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: Boyce Avenue – Sofia Karlberg – Demi Lovato – Leroy Sanchez – Matt Bloyd – Luciana Zogbi – Samantha Harvey – Alicia Moffet & KHS – Cimorelli – Mackenzie Johnson – Bars and Melody – Rhap Salazar – Toby Randall – Jason Chen – Georgia Box – Ysabelle – Alexander Stewart – J. Fla – Boyband – Andie Case – Alex Goot & Maika – Misellia Ikwan – Allie Sherlock – Kyle Hanagami – Connie Talbot – Shila Amzah – Raphiel Shannon – Bradlee – other Youtubers covered this song.