Debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number one, the new music video for Olivia Rodrigo’s first-ever single “Driver’s License” has already racked up more than 62 million views on YouTube, 34 million streams on Spotify, and is also number one on the iTunes charts.
I decided to follow the hype…
Who is Olivia Rodrigo?
Rodrigo is best known for her reprising role as Nini Salazar on the 2019 Disney+ original show, “High School Musical: The Musical, The Series” and her role as Paige Olvera on the 2016 Disney Channel show “Bizaardvark.” Prior to the release of “Driver’s License”, she also wrote music for HSMTMTS. This is a direct shift from the rest of her discography since she is dipping her toe into the music industry for the first time as an independent artist.
A Personal Experience That Speaks for Itself
Opening with sounds of a car engine, slowly shifting into a melodic piano and stream of lyrics, “I got my driver’s license last week/Just like we always talked about/Cause you were so excited for me/To finally drive to your house/But today I drove through suburbs/Crying ’cause you weren’t around.”
While this piece is sad, the track successfully expresses a story about a person in Olivia’s life. Lyrics including, “And you’re probably with that blonde girl/Who always made me doubt/She’s so much older than me/She’s everything I’m insecure about.” Rodrigo puts the listener in the passenger seat allowing them to feel the emotion she is conveying throughout the track. The type of song that makes you naturally want to sway with Rodrigo’s voice. Olivia Rodrigo took a personal experience and allowed for “Driver’s License” to speak for itself.
The perfect “shoulder to cry on” song.