“Driver’s License” by Olivia Rodrigo will make you violently sob on the bathroom floor–in a good way



Rodrigo poses for the “Driver’s License” cover art

Claudia Scherer, Editor

Released on January 8th, Olivia Rodrigo’s new song “Driver’s License” has become a huge hit. With 50 million streams in 6 days, this song will be a defining moment of 2021. TikTok is freaking out over it, too, now filled with endless POVs from the boy, the blonde girl, even the suburb streets. I actually found the song on TikTok. I remember my friend saying something about how this song was all over her fyp and I wanted to see if it was worth the hype; after 2 days of knowing about its existence I managed to listen to it more times than hours I had known it, and then some. My family is literally begging me to turn it off. 

Even now, this song plays on a continuous loop–I listen to it when I wake up, go to sleep, eat, drink, while I drive, do homework, while I sit and cry in the shower (cause we all know only baddies cry in the shower)–I’m even listening to it right now. This song makes me want to sit in one of those bath-shower things with TikTok lights flashing, eyes closed and the shower raining on me. 

I can’t even relate to this song but it still hurts me on way too deep of a level.  The best part: when I zone out and tune back in when she sings, “you said forever, now I drive alone past your street,” and I never know if it’s about to start the second verse, bridge, or the end (and thus new beginning), so I get to guess where it is. It’s even better when I catch it right before the bridge. Every time I hear the “red lights, stop signs” part I involuntarily close my eyes and look up and to feel the full effect of pain the song brings.”

Don’t even get me started on the music video; I never knew how badly I wanted to put on a dress and lean my head off the end of a moving car while the bass drop part plays. Also, I’d like to add that, when I was watching the Youtube video, all the recommended songs on the left were 1, 2, and 10-hour loops of the song. This was unnecessary for me as I set the crossfade on my Spotify to 9 and just let the song play on repeat.

I still have yet to drive around at night with this song blasting, just another instance of pretending my life is a movie. I can’t wait to cry and drive through the suburbs.

If Rodrigo’s next song is even half as good she can count me as a lifetime fan.