100 songs of the decade: Good For You – Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky

 100 songs of the decade: Good For You – Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky

Written by: Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson, Nolan Lambroza, Rakim A. Mayers, Hector Delgado and Selena Gomez
Produced by: Sir Nolan, Nick Monson, Hector Delgado, ASAP Rocky and Dreamlab
Album: Revival
UK release: June 2015
UK chart peak: 23

On 2013’s Stars Dance, her first solo album (no, the three with “and the Scene” are not canon), Selena Gomez chased the club-sound-du-jour with mixed results, but when she scaled things right back and did her own thing on 2015’s Revival, she became one of the most exciting artists in the world.

Good For You does not sound like a top-tier popstar’s lead single (perhaps the closest precedent was set by Lorde’s Royals two years earlier) but it’s a perfect match for Selena’s whisper-like vocal; the strength of which lies in her delivery rather than her technical ability or power. It’s a far, far more comfortable arena for her than, say, the bombast of Come And Get It.

This is also one of several songs that made behind-the-scenes megastars of Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, and it established a sound that many other artists tried to replicate in the years that followed (Britney Spears herself named the Revival era as a major inspiration behind her 2016 opus Glory). It may not have been the global number one it should have been, but it was certainly a Moment.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
  • You can follow the rolling, daily-updated playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.