‘Drivers License’ steers social media sensation


Kylee McLaughlin

Teenage sensation Olivia Rodrigo gets a license to success as she produces a No. 1 song

Kylee McLaughlin, Features Editor

Red lights and stop signs could not halt the success of 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo’s new hit song ‘drivers license’ which debuted as the No. 1 song in the world on Billboard charts, hit No. 1 on Spotify charts as the most streamed song in one day and week, and broke the record for most requested song ever in one day on Alexa globally.

The song is a dramatic pop ballad written from the perspective of a heartbroken protagonist who, after just receiving their drivers license, drives alone through the neighborhood of an ex who taught them how to drive. Its sense of relatable teen angst and Taylor Swiftesque style led it to become social media’s newest obsession.

“I think that a lot of people go through such terrible heartbreak that it’s kind of an outlet for people to be sad and cry to a good song,” said junior Morgan Bunting. “The song makes me feel better, I blast it full volume in my car when I’m sad because I am able to scream the lyrics, and nobody can hear me.”

This new sad girl anthem owes its spike in popularity to TikTok POVs and artistic renditions, as well as the investment of fans in a rumored love triangle between Olivia, her co-star Joshua Bassett, and another Disney star Sabrina Carpenter.

“The main characters of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett, allegedly dated and fans think they broke up and Olivia’s song is about Josh and Sabrina Carpenter who are allegedly dating currently,” said junior Kaitlyn Hertz.

Olivia has also earned recognition from several celebrities and artists including an idol of hers, Taylor Swift who commented on one of Olivia’s Instagram posts

“I say that’s my baby, and I’m really proud,” said Swift.