A low synth-and-organ coupling rolls out the lush red carpet for the new Selena Gomez; the woman who wants to wear the dress the dress you like and “syncopate [her] skin to your heartbeat.” The throbbing bass that compliments the clicking snaps sounds more like a pulse than a beat. This seductive, vulnerable jam is the literal shedding of an old self that Gomez no longer has any use for. She's not the Disney princess anymore—now, she just wants to be good for you.
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Aside from being the lead single for Gomez's sophomore release “Revival,” “Good For You” was one of the first songs recorded for the album as a whole. According to Gomez, it took her 45 minutes, without breaks, to record the track.
Gomez has expressed contentment over “Good For You” being released as the first single, as it embodies the overall theme of the album; specifically, Gomez transitioning into adulthood and being more secure in who she is.
Gomez originally was not expecting rapper A$AP Rocky, who is featured in the song, to want to collaborate with her. However, he responded positively to the song and agreed to contribute, which Gomez says takes the song to “a whole other world.”
“Good For You” is the first song Gomez has released that involved a collaboration with a rapper. Despite attempts in the past, Gomez has been turned down for various collaborations for several reasons, including concerns regarding the age of her fanbase.
It's not secret that Gomez and fellow pop singer Taylor Swift are besties; after hearing “Good For You,” Swift tweeted that the song was her “favorite thing [Gomez] has ever done.”