Canadian Pop Punk Queen, Avril Lavigne, has recently announced that she is working on new music. It’s been four years since the release of her self-titled fifth studio album and in that time she’s switched record labels and intends to go back to her “roots.”
Lavigne shares with Billboard, “I challenged myself as a songwriter and I wanted to write about topics I hadn’t hit on before.” With this new album, she states she is “going back to my roots a little bit… I got my start in church and at country fairs when I was a young child, and I think those earlier influences are definitely coming out now.”
Over her fifteen year career, we’ve seen many different sides (and shades) of Avril Lavigne. A Skater Girl turned pink haired princess, Lavigne has been navigating the spotlight since the young age of sixteen.
Recently she was able to celebrate an important musical milestone: the fifteen-year anniversary of the release of her debut album “Let Go.” Without a doubt, this album catapulted her to success with singles like “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi.” She describes it is a “surreal” experience via an Instagram post, marking the anniversary.
A few weeks later, she entreated her fans to share their best throwbacks with #AvrilThrowbacks. She states: “Working on my new record and remembering all the amazing moments I shared with my fans during my career.” Perhaps she is using these as inspiration as she finishes the final tracks on her upcoming album, which she hints will be out before the end of 2017.
In honour of her recent Instagram request, here is a list of #AvrilThrowbacks.
A song for all those pretenders and wannabes, this song throws some serious shade. As the first single from her 2002 debut album, “Let Go,” Lavigne’s pin straight hair, and oversized tie paired with a white tank top cemented her image as the next generation of pop punk. She says her inspiration for the song came from personal experiences with both boyfriends and female friends: “People sometimes bother me how they’re not real and how they’re just, like, putting on a face and being two-faced”.
- Sk8er Boi
The follow-up single to “Complicated,” this song, written by Lavigne and The Matrix production team, is the story of the skater boy who has a crush on the preppy ballerina. Influenced by her friends’ opinion, she rejects him and lives to regret it, as he becomes a famous musician. Despite its tremendous success, some felt that the song does nothing more than demonstrate Lavigne’s “lyrical shortcomings.” That said, Lavigne’s charm is not lost on us. A number of “skater girls” started popping up after the release of this song.
- I’m With You
The third single from “Let Go,” this slow ballad with its heartfelt lyrics proved that Lavigne was capable of more than just standard pop punk. At the time, it was risky to release a ballad, especially after the success of the first two pop singles, but highlighting Lavigne’s mature side turned out to be the right move.
- Don’t Tell Me
This was the first single from her second studio album “Under My Skin.” We see Lavigne departing from her tomboyish roots in favour of a more gothic image with crinoline skirts and dark black eyeliner. Despite the pop packaging, the song contains a powerful girl power message. In an interview with MTV, she reveals: “It’s about being strong. There are a lot of guys out there who just want to take you out to dinner and then, like basically go home and ‘unhh’ you. That’s what a lot of guys are like and I just think girls need to be strong and not let any guy pressure them into doing anything.”
- My Happy Ending
The second single from “Under My Skin,” Lavigne continues with her message of being a strong independent woman. A more subtle and sober approach than the blunt “Don’t Tell Me,” this song is about dealing with the memories of a relationship that doesn’t work out, reminiscing all that could have been.
- Nobody’s Home
Arguably, one of the most underrated songs on “Under My Skin,” the song struggled to reach mainstream success following her first two singles from the album. While the previous singles deal with relationships, this song deals with something much darker than heartbreak- teenage homelessness. The accompanying music video gives powerful insight into the struggle of someone without a home or any form of stability.
The lead single for Lavigne’s third studio album “The Best Damn Thing,” fans were shocked to see Lavigne as a platinum blonde with pink streaks- a world away from the skater girl with minimal makeup and the oversized tie! Lavigne does a complete 180 with this track, embracing pop, pink, and all things girly. The video sees Lavigne with multiple alter egos, rocking many different looks, all in pursuit of the guy who is already taken (by a sucky girlfriend).
The pop rock ballad with the punchy chorus, this is the first song that demonstrates Lavigne’s “sexy” side, yet it also most closely resembles her original musical style. The video was inspired by 1920’s burlesque, another indication that Lavigne was far more open to changing up her image than she had been in the past.
- What the Hell
The lead single from her fourth studio album “Goodbye Lullaby,” the catchiness of this track closely resembles her previous hit single “Girlfriend.” At this point, fans have gotten used to the platinum blonde locks, and Lavigne appears to be more comfortable as an artist. According to Lavigne, this song was her “personal message for freedom.”
- Here’s to Never Growing Up
The second single from her fifth studio album “Avril Lavigne,” this song is a celebration of being “forever young.” It came amidst a trend of artists creating songs reminding young people that they are, well, young. The video is packed with nostalgia, where Lavigne performs at a school prom that closely resembles the school from her debut music video “Complicated.”Phot