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Olivia Rodrigo celebrates one year since her hit song “Driving License”.
On Saturday, the 18-year-old singer posted an Instagram post to celebrate the song’s anniversary. She marked the occasion by sharing a video of her performing a demo of the song on piano.
Commenting on her message, Rodrigo began, “Happy first birthday to the little song that changed my whole life.”
“I made this video a day or two after typing my driver’s license in my living room (with a very squeaky persistence pedal lol). It’s crazy to think how quickly life can change,” she continued. “Thank you to everyone who supported me so tenderly.”
Related: Olivia Rodrigo says she wrote most of ‘Driving License’ while ‘literally crying in my living room’
Concluding her explanation, the “Good 4 U” singer added, “Music is the most magical thing in the world. 💜💜💜.”
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In the comments section, Rodrygo received an outpouring of support from her fans, who also celebrated the song’s anniversary.
One fan wrote, “This song was an actual cultural reset,” another wrote, “We didn’t know what this song was going to turn into.” Another post: “So proud of how far you’ve come.”
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The track “Driving License” was featured on Rodrygo’s Grammy-nominated album for the first time sour. The song, which reached #1 on Spotify and the global streaming charts for Apple Music days after its debut, is believed to have been inspired by Joshua Bassett – Rodrigo’s High School Musical: The Musical: Series costar.
Last year, Rodrigo spoke to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe about the songwriting process and how heartbreak was such a big part of the song’s release.
She said at the time, “I wrote the bulk of the song I cry in my living room, and I think it definitely carries that feeling.” “I was driving in my neighborhood, actually listening to really sad songs and crying in the car, and I came home and said, ‘Maybe I’ll write a song about this, crying in the car.'”
“So, I just sat down at my piano and cut some strings that I loved and it kind of happened that way,” Rodrigo continued. “But it was really natural and organic. [It was] I write a lot in the depth of my feelings.”
“The pain is definitely real in that song,” she added of the fan-favourite. “I definitely think I try to approach recording all of my music from an emotional setting. I think emotional performances are the best, even if they’re not technically the best sound.”