Why I Can't Stop Listening To Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License"

Mallika Jhaveri , 30 Jan 2021
Olivia Rodrigo (Source: Instagram | @olivia.rodrigo)
Olivia Rodrigo (Source: Instagram | @olivia.rodrigo)

Every once in a blue moon, I come across a song that pulls me into it’s very core and keeps me there for a while. It’s plays on loop 24/7. I eat, breathe and live it in every way, no matter where I am or what I am doing. I call it my “Musical Black Hole” because of how deeply I get lost in it. My previous addictions have included A.R. Rahman‘s Tere BinaFrench Montana‘s Unforgettable and Drake‘s Doing It Wrong. However, for the past week or so, the painfully beautiful, Drivers License by Olivia Rodrigo has become my new obsession and I can’t stop listening to it. Despite the love-triangle drama surrounding Drivers License, it is a great song that hit me in the feels… hard.

 3 reasons why I just can’t stop listening Drivers License:

1. Every Lyric Is Relatable

The song isn’t just about a bad break-up. It’s about feeling low, lonely and confused. Rodrigo says,

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

Name one person who will not relate to these lyrics. We’ve all lost someone to a person who we felt inferior to and these lyrics bring back all those memories. Whether it was in school, college or even adulthood, we’ve all been there. She also says,

And I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay, now that I’m gone

A line so simple conveys so many emotions. This lyric in particular reminded me of my best friend from school. I fought with her over something really stupid and was sure that we would make up the next day. But she never bothered. She cut me off completely and I was too egoistic to make the first move. We haven’t spoken since and I always wondered how she gave up on our friendship so easily. What hurt me the most was that she seemed fine after, as if our friendship wasn’t even real. I hadn’t thought about her in nearly five years, but Drivers License brought it back and now here I am writing about it. The fact that every single lyric resonates with us is the reason we can’t stop listening to it. It brings back memories we had deeply tucked away and it’s the fact that we keep wanting to replay these memories, no matter how painful, is what has this song on repeat.

2. The Harmony & Brilliant Chords

All of Drivers License is made up of melodies, chords and harmonies that are magnetic and impactful. I feel the notes right in my soul. Can we talk about the bridge where Rodrigo just snaps? She unleashes a whole new level of agony that gives me goosebumps and makes me want to bawl my heart out.

3. It Helps Ease The Pain

Drivers License reminds me of all sorts of pain that I never quite got over. From my heartbreaks to early morning Zoom meetings and everything in between. Ironically, listening to the song kind of helps me get over the pain. It’s like my own personal way of catharsis. It’s become a comfort blanket I didn’t know I needed. After every listen, while I do feel a certain level of sadness, I also feel relieved. It’s weird, but true. It’s also why I can’t stop listening to it.

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