In late 2018, when “Outdated City Street” was first gaining steam on TikTok and different on-line platforms, conversations arose across the nature its rise. Was it a meme with a BPM? A savvy little bit of internet tradition come alive with a 9 Inch Nails pattern? The apotheosis of the yeehaw agenda?
The reply was doubtless sure to all, and the end result turned legendary: After Billy Ray Cyrus hopped on the remix, Lil Nas X’s country-trap hit reached No. 1 and finally turned the longest-running song at the top spot of the chart in its historical past. Why deliver this all up now? Properly, there is a new No. 1 on the town, and its extraordinarily accelerated and much-celebrated success recollects a little bit of the rise of “Outdated City Street,” although the 2 songs could not sound extra totally different.
At present (January 19), Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” — a heart-racing story of heartbreak and suburban loneliness — debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Sizzling 100. It is also grow to be one of many most-streamed new songs in historical past, racking up 76.1 million performs in the US in per week and marking a brand new weekly greatest. Moreover, “Drivers License” is the most-streamed tune since Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” in August.
Followers of Excessive Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Collection already know Rodrigo and her skills, and her tune “All I Want” from the present was Rodrigo’s first Sizzling 100 hit again in January 2020. Her starring position doubtless helped propel “Drivers License” proper out of the gate, together with the tune’s much-discussed backstory involving her rumored relationship with co-star Joshua Bassett and the seeming references hinted at within the lyrics.
There’s additionally the matter of the tune’s explosion in recognition on TikTok (therefore the “Outdated City Street” echoes) in addition to its co-sign from none apart from Taylor Swift, who stated she was “actually proud” of the tune’s efficiency.
“Drivers License,” too, completely slaps. There are definitely echoes of each Swift and Lorde in its poetic realism and encapsulation of teenage emotions from the 17-year-old Rodrigo (and her co-writer, As Tall As Lions’s Dan Nigro). Nevertheless it all feels very a lot her personal, and true to the form of emotional ceremony of passage captured in its lyrics.
Mixed, all this buzz and connection results in “Drivers License”‘s accolades: changing 24kGoldn and Iann Dior’s “Mood” at No. 1, turning into the top-selling and most-streamed tune of the week, and, in accordance with the ChartData Twitter tracker, the quickest tune to reach 100 million streams (in roughly eight days).