Olivia Rodrigo Turns 18, Celebrates With a Playlist of Her Favorite Songs.
Olivia Rodrigo celebrated her 18th birthday on Saturday (Feb. 20) by looking back at a number of the songs she’s loved and therefore the songwriters who have influenced her.
“In honor of me turning 18, I’m getting to share with you guys 18 of my favorite songs that shaped me into the girl i’m today,” the “Drivers License” hitmaker said during a video uploaded on YouTube on her big day.
Rodrigo, who hasn’t been shy about her admiration of Taylor Swift, included three Swift tracks on her list, which is heavy with music by female artists. Songs by Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Lorde and Kacey Musgraves were among Rodrigo’s other picks.
“‘Picture to Burn’ was my first favorite song,” she said of the first Swift track, off of her debut album that was released in 2006, when Rodrigo was just 3 years old. “I was super young when it came out, and that i remember i prefer wasn’t allowed to mention ‘stupid old pickup truck’ because i assumed stupid was a nasty word.”
Her newer Swift picks were 1989’s “Out of the Woods,” also a favourite of her mom’s — “The bridge is simply so good. I scream it at the highest of my lungs” — and Folklore’s “Betty.”
Rodrigo opened about her love of Lorde’s “A World Alone,” from Pure Heroine: “It was the primary record that I remember taking note of and being like, ‘Oh my god, I see myself in those lyrics … I feel seen by what she’s saying,” she said.
Her playlist of 18 songs included some choices inspired by childhood memories of what she listened to together with her family, like Carole King’s “It’s Too Late” (Tapestry was once a thrift store find for Rodrigo and her mom) and therefore the Killers’ “Somebody Told Me” (an example of the alt-rock her parents raised her on).