Song of the Day: “Goodbye Stranger” by Supertramp

Will [5:50 PM]:
is there a better song
goodbye stranger by supertramp?
no, there is not
dan you should just stop your song of the day articles
b/c the song of the day
every day
is goodbye stranger
by supertramp

Dan [6:37 PM]:
My rule is one song per artist, so i can’t pick it every day
Maybe I’ll do a “songs that aren’t goodbye stranger week”
and rate each song based on how similar it is to Goodbye Stranger

There are many similarities between this song and “Goodbye Stranger.”

For starters, both songs feature a really cool keyboard pre-chorus part. There’s something angelic about both of these song’s gentleness, hopeful yet tinged with melancholy.

The coincidences between these two songs really add up the closer you look. For example, both songs bid farewell to two specific women: “Goodbye Mary, goodbye Jane,” notes the singer of each of these songs. Bizarrely, both songs clock in at exactly 5:50 according to Spotify.

The structures of each of these songs is oddly similar, too. Both play as gentle pop songs for about four minutes. Yet each of these two songs, “Goodbye Stranger” and “Goodbye Stranger,” spotlight energetic choruses in their final minutes.

Among the biggest similarities between these songs is the way that each is by the artist Supertramp, and each has the title “Goodbye Stranger.” That really bodes well for “Goodbye Stranger,” because “Goodbye Stranger” is one of my favorite songs: “Goodbye Stranger” is such an iconic and beloved track, and “Goodbye Stranger”‘s similarities to “Goodbye Stranger” are only positives in my book.

I rate “Goodbye Stranger”‘s similarity to “Goodbye Stranger”:  ★★★★★ out of ★★★★★.

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One thought on “Song of the Day: “Goodbye Stranger” by Supertramp

  1. Please. Both are clearly derivative of “Goodbye Stranger,” released by English rock band Supertramp around the same time.

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