A 17 Year Old Has Broken Spotify Records

Olivia Rodrigo, 17 years old, a senior in high school and also has the number one song right now.

So if you have been living under a rock over the past week then a “drivers licence” doesn’t really mean that much to you, but for those of you who know what I’m talking about then you’re probably bawling your eyes out, screaming to the song right now. The song took over social media and all streaming services with its “powerful songwriting, heartfelt performance and real-world dramatic intrigue” says Billboard.

On January 11, Rodrigo set the Spotify record for most streams in a day for a non holiday song. With over 15.1 million streams on the 11th, the song beat its own record the following day with with 17 million.

Rodrigo told Zayn Lowe that it’s “mind blowing” having the number one song in the world.

The day she got her license, she posted Instagram about passing and how excited she was to listen to sad Gracie Abrams music while crying driving through her neighbourhood about a breakup. After, she went home and wrote a song on piano which ended up being Drivers License. 

Drivers License starts out with just the sound of her moms car’s ignition beeping. The music begins and the first lyrics are, “I got my drivers license last week, like we always talked about.”

The song is about a past relationship, where her boyfriend taught her to drive and was excited for her to finally get her license. But plot twist. They broke up and she never got drive over to his house and show him. And guess what? He has a new girlfriend.

She first posted a snippet of her singing the song to Instagram and people enjoyed it so she played it for her producer and they made it into a real song. The singer signed with Interscope Records and Geffen Records in 2020.

The speculation is that the song is about her former relationship with High School Musical co-star 21-year-old, Joshua Bassett. In the summer, Bassett had been seen with Sabrina Carpenter, who is said to be “that blonde girl” in the song. Following Drivers Lisence, Bassett released his own track, Lie Lie Lie, which seems to be a response to Rodrigo’s hit.

Driver License has gotten the attention of Taylor Swift, Nial Horan and Gracie Abrams, who have all shown Rodrigo support. Its has blown up on Tik Tock where people are doing covers as well as writing perspectives from the other characters in the song.


Rodrigo started out on Disney Channel with a three season show called “Bizaardvark” and now she is in the cast of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” the TV show. I couldn’t imagine being 17 and having the number one song in the world right now. Congrats, Olivia!

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