"Goodbye" is a song recorded by the British girl group the Spice Girls. It was released by Virgin Records on 11 December 1998 as a Christmas single, along with the B-side, "Christmas Wrapping". The song was written by the Spice Girls, Richard Stannard, and Matt Rowe, and is the group's first song without the vocals of Geri Halliwell. "Goodbye" made the Spice Girls the first act to have three consecutive Christmas number-one singles since The Beatles.
"Goodbye" was originally written in 1997 with both Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard intending it to be on the Spiceworld album. However, due to time constraints it was not recorded by the Spice Girls at the time. While touring in America after the departure of Geri Halliwell, Stannard and Rowe flew to Nashville, Tennessee to meet the group and rewrite the song. The group put input on the song and recorded it.
"Goodbye" was released in a two-CD format (a standard single and a maxi single). The typical track listing internationally followed the UK track listing. In the U.S., the single was released as an EP and contained only the B-side, "Christmas Wrapping", which only featured vocals from Melanie C and Emma Bunton, and live versions of "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" and "We Are Family", which were recorded at their final concert at Wembley Stadium on September 20, 1998. The U.S. single also included a set of four stickers of the girls, portraying them as fairies, similar to their appearance in the music video of "Viva Forever". In 2000, it was included on the group's third studio album, Forever.
In the United Kingdom, the single became the group's eighth number-one single, topping the charts for one week, selling 380,000 in the first week. "Goodbye" got them into the records as the first act to have three consecutive Christmas number-one singles since the Beatles. As of December 2013, the song has sold 884,000 copies in the UK alone, becoming their fourth best-selling single. In New Zealand, it debuted and peaked at number one for two weeks, their second consecutive number one after "Viva Forever", which also debuted and peaked at number one for two weeks. "Goodbye" was their third and final number one hit in New Zealand.
The song debuted and peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100, with sales of 74,000 copies.