This month marked 15 years since Avril Lavigne’s debut studio album, Let Go, was first released. The album first hit stores in North America on June 4, 2002 (has it really been that long?! We’re all old.)
While the album would later be hailed the biggest pop debut of that year, it seems it was a bit of a struggle to make Let Go happen at first. When Lavigne first signed with her original label, Arista Records, there were immediate conflicts of musical direction: she wanted heavy guitar songs that she had already been working on, but the label wasn’t all that interested in them, prompting a move to LA to begin the search for some producers who could make music that would please both Lavigne and her label. Enter production team The Matrix, who heard a few of Lavigne’s demos (as she was pretty much still unknown at the time) and were drawn to her sound. Arista liked the idea of them working together, as they were still struggling to find the right direction for her. They first approached her with adding a “Faith Hill kind of vibe” to her music, but Lavigne dismissed the idea immediately because she was dead set on having music with sounds of punk rock. Lucky for her, the team had experience with that as well pop rock music, and knew exactly the right sound for her. This sound would later become unmistakeable and would soon garner her the title of Pop Punk Queen.
Let Go contained four singles, “Complicated”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m With You” and “Losing Grip”, all of which were popular both in sales and in radio play and are well remembered among young people from the early 2000s. I mean, if you aren’t able to recite “Sk8er Boi” verbatim without any help or music accompaniment, can you even call yourself a millennial? Who remembers recreating the music video in front of their computer screen and pretending there was a helicopter flying overhead? No? Just me? Alright.
Lavigne would go on to release four other studio albums to date, including Under My Skin (2004), The Best Damn Thing (2007, which saw a departure from her pop-punk-rock sound for a more commercial pop album), Goodbye Lullaby (2011) and Avril Lavigne (2013), all of which produced some other great tunes that are well remembered. And, according to social media posts from the singer earlier this year, she is currently working on her sixth studio album which is scheduled for release later in 2017.
Also, something you may not know is that an MIT study found in 2014 that Avril Lavigne is the most famous Canadian star, as well as being the fourth most famous human being born since 1980 and history’s sixth most popular musician, behind John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson.
Who remembers when Let Go first came out in 2002? Which Avril album is your favorite? Sound off in the comments!