No. 1 Hit single by young artist: Olivia Rodrigo

No. 1 Hit single by young artist: Olivia Rodrigo

Molly Moody, Staff writer

17-year-old high school senior, Olivia Rodrigo, just came out with her new debut single ‘drivers license’, and may I say I’ve cried to it about 10 times from the second it was released on January 7th, 2021. This emotional breakup song will leave anyone in a puddle of tears. It is moving, heartbreaking, and powerful.  

As a proud member of Gen Z, I dare to say that this song will be my favorite song for a while. I have attempted to write songs and have finally have been inspired. All because of this song. Just after 1 week of being released and streamed ‘driver license’ is the No. 1 song in the world, surpassing Taylor Swift and The Weekend, and is continuing to break records on Spotify and YouTube, with almost 75 million views on YouTube. On January 12th, the song had 17.5 million streams globally in one day. 

The young artist is over the moon and even posted a TikTok of herself showing that her idol, Taylor Swift, commented on her Instagram post. Swift commented on being next to Rodrigo on the Top 100 charts. In the TikTok, Rodrigo used the sound from Taylor Swifts CMA 2007 Horizon Award: ‘’I can’t even believe this, and this is definitely the highlight of my senior year.’  

This just in: Sabrina Carpenter, aka ‘the blonde girl’ just came out with a diss track to ‘drivers license’some of the lyrics in this song are“Maybe we could have been friends if I met you in another life. Maybe then we could pretend there’s no gravity in the words we write. Maybe you didn’t mean it, maybe blonde was the only rhyme. I’m currently waiting for TikTok to blow up over these two songs going head to head.   

If you can believe it, this all started over a boy. A boy of all things. Why can’t society change it up sometimes, like maybe over a book or card game? I don’t know? Just anything, anything at all that’s not a boy? And why can’t the guys be fighting over the girl? Said boy is a Disney+ star and artist, Joshua Bassett, and I’m not going to lie he’s kind of ugly. Maybe even looks like an elf a little.  

Here’s the tea: Joshua Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo were supposedly “dating” and she wrote the song because they had broken up. It had also been rumored that he and Sabrina Carpenter are now dating, which is why in Carpenter’s song ‘Skin’ she wrote, ‘Want my heart to be breaking…I’m happy and you hate it…I’m not asking you to let it go…but you’ve been telling your side so I’ll be telling mine, you can try to get under my skin while he’s on mine.” Hence Rodrigo’s line, ‘you’re probably with that blonde girl who always made me doubt she’s so much older then me she’s everything I’m insecure about.’ 

Joshua, Sabrina, and Olivia haven’t spoken out about any of the meanings of these songs but it’s pretty obvious there is some tension within this love triangle.  

myself like to think of music as my own personal medicine, as what keeps me mentally stable, essentially. Especially after a hard day at school, after volleyball practice, or musical rehearsal, music is my number 1 support system and comfort counselor. ‘driver license’ is no exception and is on repeat for hours and hours.   

If you need a catchy, relatable song I highly recommend you listen to ‘driver license’ and maybe even add it to your playlist to show this young artist some love.