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Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne first appeared in summer 2002, touting an addictive debut single (the spunky pop/rock gem "Complicated") and a skatepunk image that purposely clashed with the polished glamour of mainstream pop. Lavigne, who was 17 at the time, quickly rose to teen idol status, selling several million copies of her debut album, Let Go (the best-selling album by a female artist in 2002), while inspiring a genuine fashion craze with her penchant for tank tops and neckties. As the decade progressed, so did Lavigne's marketable sound, which took a contemplative turn on the sophomore effort Under My Skin before reaching an aggressively upbeat tone for 2007's The Best Damn Thing. Born into a devout Christian household in the small town of Napanee, Ontario, Lavigne sharpened her vocal talents in church choirs, local festivals, and county fairs. She began playing guitar and writing songs in her early teens, focusing her early efforts on country music and contributing vocals to several albums by local folk musician Steve Medd. Arista Records caught wind of the singer and brought her aboard at the age of 16, with CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid personally taking Lavigne under his wing. She quit high school, relocated to Manhattan, and set to work with a handful of prime songwriters and producers, but the partnerships only produced country songs, not the rock music in which Lavigne had become increasingly interested. Arista relented and instead sent Lavigne to Los Angeles, where she fashioned her melodic, edgy debut alongside such writing teams as the Matrix. Released in 2002, Let Go was the polished product, and its four high-charting singles -- "Complicated," "Sk8er Boi," "I'm with You," and "Losing Grip" -- led the album to multi-platinum status within its second month of release. Lavigne became the youngest female musician ever to have a number one album in the U.K., and she supported the wildly popular disc (which eventually gained eight Grammy nominations) with a tour of Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia. Compared with the skin-bearing antics of other teen idols -- Britney Spears chief among them -- Lavigne was a new kind of superstar, one whose appeal didn't rely on sexy videos or suggestive music. She further distinguished herself by bypassing the assistance of professional writing teams during the creation of her second album, choosing instead to collaborate with singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, Evanescence's Ben Moody, and Evan Taubenfeld (who had previously worked with Lavigne as her touring guitarist). Released in May 2004, Under My Skin was more serious than its predecessor, dealing with such issues as premarital sex ("Don't Tell Me"), depression ("Nobody's Home"), and the death of Lavigne's grandfather ("Slipped Away"). The album debuted at number one in more than ten countries, went platinum within one month, and further established Lavigne as a pop icon. Incidentally, a song that was co-written by Lavigne and ultimately cut from the final track list -- "Breakaway" -- was later given to Kelly Clarkson, who used it as the title track and lead-off single for her Grammy-winning sophomore album. Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Sum 41's Deryck Whibley, in July 2006, just one month after the animated film Over the Hedge announced her cinematic debut (Lavigne voiced the part of Heather, a hungry opossum). She also appeared in Richard Linklater's fictional adaptation of Fast Food Nation, which was released that November. Nevertheless, she spent most of the year working on her third album, enlisting former blink-182 drummer Travis Barker to play drums, and cherry-picking a variety of producers (including her husband) to helm the recording sessions. The Best Damn Thing appeared in April 2007, and its lead-off single, "Girlfriend," marked a return to the bratty, spunky, punk-pop of her first album. "Girlfriend" soon became the subject of controversy as the '70s power pop band the Rubinoos sued Lavigne, claiming that her tune reworked their 1979 song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." No amount of bad publicity could hurt the singer, however, as "Girlfriend" became her biggest U.S. single ever and The Best Damn Thing topped album charts worldwide. Lavigne filed for divorce from Whibley in October of 2009. The dissolution of their union featured heavily on her next album, 2011's Goodbye Lullaby, which included tracks produced by Whibley. Lavigne returned to the studio just weeks after the release of Goodbye Lullaby and begun work on her fifth album. In 2012 she started working on new material with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and eventually the pair began dating; she married Kroeger on July 1, 2013. By that point, she had released "Here's to Never Growing Up," the first single from her eponymous fifth album. Released in October, Avril Lavigne featured eight songs co-written by Kroeger, who also duetted with Avril on the record's third single, "Let Me Go." ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Avril Lavigne

    Female Rock

    Female Rock
    2 songs

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    2 songs

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Avril Lavigne

Top Songs by
Avril Lavigne

  1.   Song
  2.   Complicated
  3.   Girlfriend
  4.   I'm With You
  5.   When You're Gone
  6.   What the Hell
  7.   Keep Holding On
  8.   Here's to Never Growing Up
  9.   Sk8er Boi
  10.   My Happy Ending
  11.   Wish You Were Here
  12.   Spongebob Squarepants Theme
  13.   O Holy Night by Chantal Kreviazuk
  14.   Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  15.   Don't Tell Me
  16.   He Wasn't
  17.   Hello Kitty
  18.   Let Me Go
  19.   Rock N Roll
  20.   Alice
  21.   Losing Grip
  22.   Hot
  23.   Smile
  24.   Nobody's Home
  25.   How You Remind Me
  26.   The Best Damn Thing
  27.   Runaway
  28.   Falling Fast
  29.   Fall to Pieces
  30.   Give You What You Like
  31.   Remember When
  32.   Innocence
  33.   I Can Do Better
  34.   Things I'll Never Say
  35.   Naked
  36.   Fly
  37.   Bad Girl
  38.   4 Real
  39.   Freak Out
  40.   Together
  41.   Take Me Away
  42.   Mobile
  43.   Hush Hush
  44.   Darlin
  45.   Girlfriend by Lil Mama
  46.   Slipped Away
  47.   Who Knows
  48.   Forgotten
  49.   How Does It Feel
  50.   Nobody's Fool
  51.   Unwanted
  52.   My World
  53.   17
  54.   Push
  55.   I Love You
  56.   Everybody Hurts
  57.   Black Star
  58.   Bad Reputation
  59.   Falling Down
  60.   Too Much to Ask
  61.   Tomorrow
  62.   Hello Heartache
  63.   You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
  64.   Bitchin' Summer
  65.   Stop Standing There
  66.   Goodbye
  67.   Alone
  68.   Contagious
  69.   One of Those Girls
  70.   Everything Back But You
  71.   Anything But Ordinary
  72.   Imagine
  73.   Sippin' on Sunshine
  74.   Not Enough
  75.   Keep Holding On
  76.   I Don't Have to Try
  77.   Basketcase
  78.   I Always Get What I Want