|Writer(s)||Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Richard Stannard, Matt Rowe|
|Producer(s)||Richard Stannard, Matt Rowe|
- For the song, see Goodbye (song).
Goodbye was released throughout the world in December 1998. The single was first released in the U.S. followed quickly by the rest of the world. The single was technically released in the U.S. as an EP single. Standard CD singles were released throughout the rest of the world. The song was later included on the girls' third studio album, Forever. Some fans view this as the lead single from Forever, when in actuality the double A-side single Holler/Let Love Lead the Way is the lead single. It was decided by Virgin that Goodbye be placed on the album since the CD single was out of print. Goodbye is not included on some international versions of Forever.
In December 1998 Goodbye was released throughout most of the world in a two-CD format (standed single and a maxi single). The typical track listing internationally followed the UK track listing. However in the U.S. the single was released as an EP and contained only the B-side, Christmas Wrapping, and live versions of Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves and We Are Family, which were recorded at their final concert at Wembley Stadium in September 1998. The U.S. single also included with the CD a set of four stickers of the girls, portraying them as pixie fairies, similar to how they looked in the music video of their Viva Forever song.
Goodbye was released commercially as an EP/single throughout China, South Korea, and Southeast Asian countries in a six-track format. These releases seem to be the rarest since the music video for the single was included.
In South Korea, Goodbye was released as an EP album which still stock and sells as an album (South Korea's single CD market started booming by year 1999, before then it was not common as rest of the world). Also silver-printing picture on the CD appears to be bigger and detailed then other countries issued disc.
Due to concentration on each of the girls' solo careers there was lack of live performances to promote the single.
- Main Article: Goodbye (music video)
The music video of Goodbye was first shown in 1998.
Canada However, the most impressive chart run of Goodbye was in Canada, where the single sat at the number-one position for sixteen consecutive weeks. The song ranks in Canada as the third best-selling single of the 1990s and the best-selling single of 1999.
United Kingdom In the United Kingdom, the single became the girls' eighth number-one single, topping the charts for only one week, selling 380,000 in the first week. Goodbye was also their third consecutive Christmas number-one single in the UK (2 Become 1 and Too Much being the first two). The single slipped to the number-two spot for two weeks to the Isaac Hayes song, Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls, which had sold 5,000 copies less than Goodbye to become the Christmas number two.
United States Goodbye was the Spice Girls' final commercial CD single release within the U.S. (Holler was released in the U.S., however a commercial CD single was never made available for purchase). The single peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number three on the Hot 100 Singles Sales.
Asia The song topped the MTV Asia Hitlist one week after its debut, making it the fastest single to reach number one. It also became their third consecutive Christmas number one, topping the charts for five weeks.