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  • drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo is the song that has everyone talking right now.
  • According to Spotify, the track, which speaks openly about heartbreak, set the record for "the most streams in a day by a non-holiday song".
  • We take a look at why it became so popular, and the drama behind it too.


It's the song that everyone's talking about right now. But why?

On 8 January 2021, Disney star Olivia Rodrigo released her debut single, drivers license (stylised in all lower case).

Within a matter of hours, the song blew up, even getting praised by Taylor Swift (which, we don't have to tell you, is a big deal).

But who is Olivia, and why does everyone like this song so much?

Before we go any further, you should probably listen to the track here:

Now that you're all caught up let's get to the nitty-gritty. 

Olivia is known for her role on the Disney+ show High School Music: The Musical: The Series in which she plays Nina Salazar-Roberts.

The 17-year-old reportedly started teasing the release of drivers license in 2020.

The song

With its haunting sound, many have likened the track to Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Lorde. 

The lyrics, which speak openly about heartbreak, may also be based on a true-life story. But we'll get to that later.

"And I know we weren't perfect, but I've never felt this way for no one. And I just can't imagine how you could be so okay now that I'm gone. Guess you didn't mean what you wrote in that song about me. 'Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street," Olivia belts out.

It's catchy, and near impossible not to love. The young star's emotion is perfectly captured in every note.

But, let's be honest, it's not vastly different from anything we've heard before. Yet, according to Spotify, people cannot get enough. 

"On Jan. 11, 'drivers license' by @Olivia_Rodrigo set the Spotify record for most streams in a day for a non-holiday song. On Jan. 12, the song continued to beat its own record," the music streaming giant tweeted on Wednesday.

That's huge! 

Spotify's global hits lead, Becky Bass, thinks timing definitely had something to do with it as well. 

"I truly do think it's just a lightening-in-a-bottle moment that sort of brought together a number of factors in a way that they haven't really been brought together recently... but I can't say that the pop audience wasn't hungry for a big pop song as well," she told Billboard.

A Disney love triangle

Many have speculated that Olivia wrote drivers license for her Disney co-star, Joshua Bassett. 

This guy:

The two, who play love interests in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (which is not an annoying name for a show at all), were rumoured to be in a relationship, which seems to have ended now.

According to this article by Buzzfeed, Joshua was then seen out on, what appears to be, a date with another Disney star, Sabrina Carpenter (pictured below). 

In one line of her song, Olivia sings: "And you're probably with that blonde girl who always made me doubt. She's so much older than me. She everything I'm insecure about."

It is at this time that we'd like to point out, Sabrina is both blonde, and older than Olivia. But, make of that what you will.

There are many other "clues" about this love triangle that Buzzfeed writes about, including some taken from the music video. 

Either way, drivers license is projected to make its way into the commercial music scene/charts pretty soon, and we can't wait to see how it performs. 

What do you think of the song?

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