Rodrigo breaks records with first debut single

Olivia Rodrigo released her debut single “drivers license” on January 8, 2021. I bet that she probably didn’t anticipate the vast amount of love and attention her song would soon get. The song was announced on January 4 and released on all streaming platforms four days later alongside a music video on YouTube. As of the seventh of the month, Rodrigo’s debut single had surpassed 100 million streams on Spotify. This was the first song that achieved this on Spotify. 

Rodrigo does come from a musical background. She stars in the Disney+ series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” She wrote an original song that she performed on the show called “All I Want.” This song also received good feedback from everyone. There’s a rumor going around that Sabrina Carpenter and Joshua Bassett (Rodrigo’s co-star) have been dating since Rodrigo and Bassett broke up in 2020. I speculate, along with fellow listeners, that “drivers license” is about the breakup. She even writes in the single, “You’re probably with that blonde girl,” and at the time the song was released, Carpenter was a blonde. However, there’s also speculation that it’s all a publicity stunt as the three of them have been releasing songs about the situation within the same time. I don’t think this is true as people are probably just reading too much into it. 

As for “drivers license,” it definitely deserves the love and attention that it’s received. It’s a completely original idea. It has a great sound, lyrics, and overall good vibe. The song starts off with the sound of keys turning into the ignition and the car beeping which helps to symbolize the meaning of the song. Rodrigo’s lyrics and vocals pick up more emotion as the song progresses into the chorus. One thing that I really like about this song is that she lets it build up. She doesn’t just speed right up immediately. She waits until the chorus to really break the beat and lyrics down, creating a truly beautiful beat. It’s definitely my favorite part of the song overall. The lyrics are simple but also original and cleverly written for a seventeen year old. 

Comparisons could definitely be made to Billie Eilish with this song. Such as the lyrics in some parts and also the way the notes are sung. Eilish is known for her softer tones in singing and how she lowers her voice to create a more emotional sound. In the beginning and end of “drivers license,” I think that Rodrigo mirrors this exactly. Her voice hits those softer notes and hits you with a deep feeling of emotion. 

I would rate this song highly! I would also recommend it to anyone who likes pop songs and just general breakup songs. Rodrigo creates a new feeling with “drivers license.” It’s a good song to dance and just burst into singing with. Personally, I get the vibes of driving during the summer with the windows down and your music blasting. “Drivers license” gets a five star rating from me. Whether you think it’s overplayed or not, it’s genuinely a good listen.