It was the first track Sheeran wrote for his third studio album. After the album’s release it charted at number four on the UK Singles Chart. The song eventually reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 in December 2017. “Perfect” became the UK Christmas number-one song for 2017, and also peaked at number one in sixteen other countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.
On 22 September 2017, a lyric video for “Perfect” was released on Sheeran’s YouTube channel. The music video for “Perfect” was released on Sheeran’s YouTube channel on 9 November 2017.
As of October 2018, the music video has received over 1.5 billion views on YouTube, making it one of the top 50 most viewed videos on the site. It received nominations for Song of the Year, Best Pop Video and Best Direction at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.