Olivia Rodrigo’s Hit “Driver’s License” Breaks Records



Christine Krenke

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License”, a heart-felt, angsty song about  teenage-breakups, recently broke the Spotify record for most streams of a song in a single week. The single garnered 65,873,080 streams from Jan. 8 – Jan. 14, and it also set the record for most streams of a song in a single day on Jan. 12 (excluding holiday tunes). 

Rodrigo additionally broke the record for biggest streaming debut on Apple Music. The company congratulated her on twitter, stating, “Congrats to @Olivia_Rodrigo! ‘drivers license’ broke the record for the most requested song ever in one day on Alexa globally + the biggest first week streaming debut ever globally on Amazon Music.” 

Immediately after its release, “Driver’s License” took off on TikTok. Millions of users used the song in transition pieces, mimicked the style of the music video and talked about the gossip revolving around the piece. Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter, who many of the gossiping teens on the app believe the song was directed at, released songs of their own this month following the “Driver’s License” debut. Both songs contain pointed lyrics and pointed music-video-cinematography that sparked even more conversation and popularity around Rodrigo’s single. 

“I was keeping up with the drama at first but now I’m starting to lose interest as it becomes clear that it’s a publicity stunt.” Mollie Kaufman, a junior at Hamilton High School told the Husky Paw Print. Although Kaufman isn’t entirely a fan of the drama, she enjoys the song, along with Adallis Pantry, another junior at Hamilton High School. “I like to listen to the song and sing my heart out cause it’s fun.” Pantry explained. “Most people like to listen to that song to feel sad, but music like that is my personal favorite because it’s realistic and personal.” 

Whether you’re looking for a good cry or just a new song to jam out to with your friends, “Driver’s License” is the perfect song for you.