The return of pop punk goddess, Avril Lavigne

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Times might have changed but “rock and roll never dies.” These are sentiments shared by a lot of rock and roll icons throughout the years, but it was recently echoed during the 65th Eurovision when lead singer of the band “Måneskin” Damiano David said those exact words.

Today, rock and roll is gaining a lot of attention since its heyday and its comeback is put into prominence with the return of Avril Lavigne. During the early 2000s, the rising rock, pop punk star dominated the world and had it on its feet. The influential impact that she had on artists across different genres is a clear indication that the Canadian star is truly a league of her own.

With the release of her latest album titled “Love Sux,” she is bringing back the sounds of the past (as well as her dark eyeshadow, dark nails and perfect blonde hair).

Blazing the trail for female artists

If you were a teenager during the early 2000s, then you pretty much understand how much of a big deal Avril Lavigne was. Her first massive hit “Complicated” resonated into the hearts and ears of the youth, most especially teenage women. Her appeal as a rock and roll artist paved the way for women to love the genre that was highly dominated by males. A trailblazer in her own right, she paved the way for so many young female artists that are quite popular today such as Billie Eillish, Olivia Rodrigo and Hayley Williams, who all claimed to be heavily inspired by her music from a very young age.

Tapping into the young female angst

Her music tapped and brought light to something that was not explored before, and that was the angst of average teenage girls or teenagers in general. Her music focused and catered to the experiences of regular teens but openly addressed normal issues that one of them would go through. Her first massive hit song “Complicated” is one that song that everyone can relate to as it talks about how one person can change person can “become somebody else around everyone else, you’re watching your back like you can’t relax.”

Before the chorus the song goes on to say, “you’re tryna be cool, you look like a fool to me.” In both these lines, Avril addressed things young people are currently and newly experiencing—fake people, relationships and life.

Her lyrics were succinct and direct, and that was the appeal in a lot of her songs.

Too cool for Disney

Part of Avril Lavigne’s appeal was her stark comparison from the usual preppy girly image that a lot of female pop stars at the time were going for. Her music deviated from the usual sugarcoating that was in a lot of pop songs. Her lyrics were explicit, showcasing the raw emotions behind her songs and validating it unapologetically. The tone of rebellion resonated in all of Avril’s songs and became her trademark message—being her edgy and goofy unapologetic self and taking in every emotion that she is feeling. Definitely not Disney material but, as Avril would say, “Oh, what the hell!”

There is no doubt that the impact that this Canadian star has will continue to resonate for generations to come. Times may change but there are two things that will remain certain: Rock and roll never dies and Avril Lavigne is immortal.

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