Why Olivia Rodrigo’s tune ‘Drivers License’ went viral on TikTok: a timeline

Star of Disney Channel’s high school musical series Olivia Rodrigo took TikTok by storm with their new hit “Driver’s License”. Many fans speculate that it was written about co-star Joshua Bassett and that fan theories are going viral. Here is everything that has happened so far.

17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo is a singer and actress who first made her Disney channel debut on the show Bizaardvark and later starred in a lead role as part of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Avid TikTok users may recognize her voice by the song ‘All I Want’ she wrote for the High School Musical series. The song unexpectedly went viral on the app, and many were shocked that the beautiful title came from a Disney show.

In her debut single ‘Drivers License’, Olivia once again shows off her crazy voice and songwriting talent. But many fans have theorized that the song might be co-star Joshua Bassett, and it has got people on TikTok to make theoretical videos that align the lyrics of the songs with aspects of their real life and increase the virality of the song even more.

But how exactly did ‘Driver’s License’ get so viral and what has happened since the song started? Everything you need to know is here.

February 2019 – Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett to co-stars

In February 2019, production began for Disney Channel’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which follows a group of students putting on a production of High School Musical for their school production.

Olivia starred as Nini, who is cast on the show as female lead Gabriella Montez from the original HSM, and Joshua as Ricky, who is cast as the male lead, and Gabriella’s love interest, Troy Bolton. The show was also renewed for a second season.

Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett sing the series in HSMYouTube: Disney Music Vevo, Chorus Boy, Salty PicturesOlivia and Joshua played the main roles and love interests in High School Musical: the musical: the series

August 2020 – Olivia Rodrigo suggests a possible breakup

The star was originally asked to write the song ‘All I Want’ for the Disney series but found an unexpectedly warm welcome, especially at TikTok, as countless people used the sound for their own emotional TikToks and were surprised to see him part of which was the soundtrack for a high school musical series.

Olivia released her own TikTok with the song behind it and the in-video caption, “Do you think you can hurt my feelings? I wrote this song. “In the description below the video, she wrote,” And that’s because of failed relationships, “which led some to believe that she had experienced a breakup – although it was unclear who she could have broken up with.


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♬ All I want from Olivia Rodrigo – Alyssa Elness 🦋

January 8, 2021 – Olivia releases debut single ‘Driver’s License’

‘All I Want’ fans were thrilled to find out that Olivia was about to release her debut single, and it’s safe to say that people loved the bittersweet lyrics and stunning arrangement of ‘Drivers License’ when it was released on Aug. January was released.

On January 9th, not long after its release, ‘Drivers License’ had climbed to # 1 on the US iTunes sales chart, a testament to the love the song received from fans and TikTok users alike.

Jan 9, 2021 – Theories about the song go viral on TikTok

It didn’t take long for TikTok users to be invested in the emotional meaning of the song, and many took note of some distinctive lyrics that coincided with events in real life, suggesting that Joshua was the one who might have started the song can emotional song.

User morganvybihal has highlighted some potential “Easter eggs” in Olivia’s new music video. She appeared to be wearing a jeans borg jacket that was very similar to Joshua’s in the HSM series.


#oliviarodrigo dropping Easter eggs like Taylor? lol #greenscreen #tea

♬ Olivia Rodrigo’s driving license – nickie j

They also took a picture of Olivia playing a keyboard from the show and matched it with a scene in the music video of her playing a toy piano on the floor, adding in the references that this song has in some cases with the series could connect way.

Another user posted a video where Olivia remembers her first time driving with Joshua because she didn’t have permission. The TikTok then plays a short clip of the song in which the star sings, “I got my driver’s license last week,” and mentions how they always talked about it.

Perhaps most significant, many suspect that the “blonde girl” Olivia is referring to could actually be singer and actress Sabrina Carpenter, as the two have seemingly grown closer lately.

Olivia herself has not confirmed whether the song is Joshua or not, and she apparently just wants to enjoy the success of her new song without directing hatred towards any party that is allegedly involved. But it’s safe to say that the fans are hugely invested in the song and its meaning.

Jan. 10, 2021 – Taylor Swift praises Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia made no secret of her love for singer Taylor Swift, posting about her on her Instagram account on occasion, and couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw Taylor herself commenting on her post on “Drivers License” alongside the popular singer in the iTunes charts.

Taylor wrote, “I say this is my baby and I am really proud.” Fans (and Olivia, of course) were delighted that the couple had the opportunity to interact with each other.

The “driver’s license” has literally become an overnight sensation and has received over 9 million views within a few days. While Olivia hasn’t confirmed who the song is really about – if anyone is at all – the song still proves to be a huge hit for its heartfelt lyrics.

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