Olivia Rodrigo Breaks Records as ‘Drivers License’ Debuts at No. 1
Laura Lee - January 20, 2021

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

Olivia Rodrigo’s new single has everyone in a total frenzy.  The 17-year-old High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star’s pop ballad “Drivers License” has become an unstoppable force on the music scene, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States on top of claiming the record for the biggest weekly streaming debut with 107 million worldwide streams — 76.1 million of which were in the U.S. alone, the second-highest number of domestic debut streams behind Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP.”

 

Just three days after its release, the single set the Spotify record for most streams in a single day for a non-holiday song with 15.17 million plays, beating that total one day later when it cracked 17.01 million streams in a 24-hour period. It also set a Global Amazon Music record for most streams in a single week for a debut track and the most on-demand streams in a day. “Drivers License” further topped the Spotify global top 50, the Spotify U.S. top 50, the Apple Music global chart, and the Amazon Music overall top songs chart.

 

 

The “Drivers License” music video had 46 million plays since its debut, which also helped put its placement a No. 1 on other international charts, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, and Portugal. With its debut feat, “Drivers License” becomes the 48th song to premiere on the Billboard Hot 100’s top position, including recent hits like the aforementioned “WAP,” Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me,” BTS’ “Dynamite,” and Taylor Swift’s “Willow.”

 

Rodrigo told her TikTok followers that she was inspired to write the song after getting her license six months ago. She said she was excited to “drive alone thru the suburbs crying.”

The song talks about a young girl who finally gets her driver’s license and drives around crying, reminiscing about a lost love. Rodrigo’s lyrics explore her insecurities and the way she’s still haunted by the former love. “And I know we weren’t perfect but I’ve never felt this way for no one,” Rodrigo sings. “I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay now that I’m gone.”