It’s no doubt, Avril Lavigne’s punk-rock quintessential music is one of the most addicting we’ve listened to. Through the years, the songs she has popularized are becoming more and more irresistible that whenever heard, they have the power to hit us hard and take us straight back to our early teenage years.
As the Canadian star turns 32 today, we’ve listed some of the most relatable lines she has immortalized with her distinctive, often renegade-sounding, voice.
Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?
I see the way you’re acting like you’re somebody else gets me frustrated
The song served as the lead single of her debut album, “Let Go.” Considered as one of the most critically and commercially successful releases of 2002, this track has earned Avril two Grammy nominations — Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
My Happy Ending
You were everything, everything that I wanted (that I wanted)
We were meant to be, supposed to be but we lost it (we lost it)
Deemed by AllMusic as “one of the most significant post-grunge songs of all time,” the 2004 jam was her “Under My Skin” album’s second internationally released single. She co-wrote the song with American singer/record producer Butch Walker.
I’m With You
Isn’t anyone trying to find me?
Won’t somebody come take me home?
This song marked Avril’s first ballad release. A cut from her “Let Go” record, many music critics have agreed that it could have been the album’s biggest smash hit had it been chosen as the effort’s lead single.
Too bad that you couldn’t see
See the man that boy could be
There is more than meets the eye
I see the soul that is inside
Another hit from her “Let Go” album, the pop punk tune earned much appreciation from music fans, praising the song’s “funny” and “clever” lines. “Sk8er Boi,” written from the narrator’s perspective, talks about a simple guy-turned-rockstar and the girl who used to ignore him.
When You’re Gone
When you walk away
I count the steps that you take
Do you see how much I need you right now?
According to Avril, this 2007 track “is about being with someone you love, and you have to say goodbye, and all the little things you miss about them.” In a poll by AOL Radio, the song was voted as the Canadian star’s eighth best song of all time.
I have to go
I have to go
I have to go
And leave you alone
But always know
Always know that I love you so
“Goodbye” is a melancholic cut from her “Goodbye Lullaby” album released in 2011. The effort, with tracks containing stripped down instrumentations, generally speaks of dealing with heartbreak and loss.
Keep Holding On
You’re not alone
Together we stand
I’ll be by your side
You know I’ll take your hand
A power ballad single off her third studio album, the Canadian online portal JAM! once described it as “a strummed guitar, lush strings and a soaring vocal about love and loyalty”.
(Image by Breno Galtier [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
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