The Golden Age Of Pop: Avril Lavigne Kicks Off The Greatest Era Of Pop Music With The Fun, Defiant & Rule-Breaking “The Best Damn Thing”
To this day, I’m still one of the biggest fans of Avril Lavigne. Sure, there was a clear shift in her persona and music at a certain time, but I never was one to buy into conspiracy theories. There is no Melissa! Avril Lavigne has always been Avril Lavigne, and she still makes great music, it’s just not what everybody wants. She started off hating the world at a very young age, giving us the sad girl jams of the early 2000’s with her iconic debut Let Go featuring hits like “Complicated” and “I’m With You.” She followed that up with my personal favorite Under My Skin, which was even darker and sadder with songs like “Nobody’s Home” and “My Happy Ending.” But then it seemed like the sad girl wasn’t as sad anymore — which shouldn’t be an issue. If someone is feeling much better about themselves and the world around them, it would make sense to support them. Everybody wanted their sad jams, though. I guess I could see where they are coming from. If Christina Perri or Lana Del Rey made an album of just bright, shining, happy music then I would be very much concerned. But I still don’t think it’s fair to criticize this record. Avril Lavigne’s The Best Damn Thing properly kicked off the greatest era of pop music which I call “The Golden Age Of Pop.” Following this huge release, we received some of the best songs and albums from the biggest pop artists of today like Rihanna and P!nk and we were soon introduced to the true saviors of pop music, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Releasing this album was necessary — not only for Avril — but for women in pop music to officially throw away all of the rules and become the frontrunners. Allow me to dive in a little deeper to The Best Damn Thing.