“Perfect” is an old-fashioned love ballad dedicated to Ed’s current fiancée Cherry Seaborn. It is the fourth single from Sheeran’s 2017 album ÷.
He explained his motivation for writing “Perfect” in an interview with Music Choice:
I think the song “Perfect” is actually better than “Thinking Out Loud.” I think there was always a scare that “Thinking Out Loud” would define me and define my career. So I, I wrote a lot of songs trying to beat it and now I think, I think I have beaten it.
Thematically, the song is reminiscent of “18,” a song he wrote for his friends in One Direction.
The “Perfect Duet” featuring Beyoncé was released on Dec. 1, 2017, and the “Perfect Symphony” with Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli came out two weeks later on Dec. 15.
The song reached number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.