That’s My JAM – “Driver’s License” Explodes on TikTok

Olivia Rodrigo and the first huge hit of 2021


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Ariana Bennett, Staff Reporter

A new song came out just over a week ago…called “Driver’s License” by Olivia Rodrigo. Rodrigo is a seventeen-year-old star from Disney channel, and breaking into pop music in a spectacular way. Her sudden hit has been streamed more than 76 million times, according to Billboard’s Hot 100, and the moody accompanying video is over 46 million views (and counting) on YouTube.

Even though the song was first teased almost six months ago on Rodrigo’s Instagram, you know where it REALLY blew up – TikTok, where users are endlessly gossiping about how Rodrigo *probably* wrote this song about one of her co-stars named Joshua Basset being with another Disney celebrity named Sabrina Carpenter. 

The song came out because of a huge trend on Tiktok. Videos using clips from the song involve the girl’s perspective, the boy’s perspective, the car (a classic Mercedes coupe), parents, neighbors, friends, etc., the community is just being really creative. This song will can be heard non-stop on TikTok everyday. I do not know about everyone else, but  I definitely play it everyday on repeat just to listen to it, and it will get so annoying to the point that my family will get aggravated by the song. But I mean, it is a really catchy song.

It makes you have different emotions, and just makes you feel like you are in a breakup music video or something. The song is really good to listen to. And the tiktoks are so creative they add a lot of humor and they would also add a lot of emotions to it. Especially the females; women have been feeling a powerful vibe to this song and they speak on it and it is a good trend. 

Listening to this song will have you hooked, and obsessed. It will have you listening to it for hours, days, even weeks. But the song also has the drama between the love triangle between Olivia, Joshua, and Sabrina. Will Sabrina and Joshua speak on it? Or will they keep quiet?