Music Corner – “drivers license”

Olivia Rodrigo, star of Disney+’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” released the new smash hit single “drivers license” on Jan. 8, which has since topped countless charts.

Rodrigo’s vulnerable lyricism has resonated with millions of her fans and instigated widespread speculation on the story behind the song. Fans have drawn many possible references towards a co-star, Joshua Bassett, and another singer-songwriter actress, Sabrina Carpenter.

“drivers license” has reached the hearts of millions across the world. Pouring the depths of her personal life into the song, Rodrigo’s vocals make it seem as if she is singing directly to the audience and to the person the song is about simultaneously.

Rodrigo, while maintaining much-needed originality, has spoken on taking significant inspiration from Taylor Swift’s romantic and at times understandably desperate songwriting style. While the subject of getting heartbroken is inarguably a common one, Rodrigo’s soulful voice cuts right through to listeners, and sets her single apart from today’s other love songs.

Not only so, fans of Rodrigo are drawn not only to “driver’s license”, but also the cinematography of her music video. The dynamic scene changes added a different ambiance towards the perspective of the song.

There will never be a set rubric for what makes a hit song, but as we approach week four with the ballad topping the charts, one thing remains crystal clear: Olivia Rodrigo’s “driver’s license” is here to stay.

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