Good 4 u

Picture of singer Olivia Rodrigo singing into a mirror, where we see the reflected image of her angry face.


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Kristin Smith

Album Review

Disney star Olivia Rodrigo just released her second single from her album Sour. It’s called “good 4 u”, and it’s already at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as other charts.

“Good 4 u” is all about how this 18-year-old is processing a tough breakup with a guy. And to cue you in, it’s not going too well. In fact, the title of the song lets listeners know that Rodrigo is pretty bitter. And she’s letting her ex-boyfriend know all about it, in some sarcasting and startlingly profane ways.


Rodrigo obviously cared about her ex-boyfriend, and she wants him to know that.


But because he doesn’t seem to care that they’re over, she’s going to let him know just how she feels.

She tells him “I’ve lost my mind/I’ve spent the night cryin’ on the floor in my bathroom,” while he’s been off with his “brand new girl.”

And it seems as if things are going well for him, which isn’t OK in Rodrigo’s book. She believes the way her ex-boyfriend has been able to move on qualifies him as a “sociopath”: “Remember when you swore to God/I was the only person who ever got you?/Well, screw that and screw you.”

To Rodrigo, his apathy is “like a wound in salt” and her non-existence in his eyes is like torture: “It’s like we never even happened/Baby, what the f— is up with that?”


Olivia Rodrigo processes her heartbreak like some teens do. Except she makes it clear in “good 4 u” that bitterness and profanity are two things she’ll be using to get over a guy who has already moved on.

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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