Olivia Rodrigo – who arguably has the biggest track of 2021 with Drivers License – released her debut album, Sour, last week, and the Internet has reacted accordingly; playing it on repeat and making memes about relating deeply to it all.
Interestingly though, the memes aren’t just from Olivia’s Gen Z peers, the relatable vibe is being felt across multiple generations, with early-gen Millennials/Gen Y (born between 1981 and 1985ish) even recognising that the things Olivia’s experiencing at 17 in 2021 are the same as what they dealt with at 17… in 1998.
Am I bordering on 30 and listening to this album on full blast in my car, imagining a shitty-ass high school ex-boyfriend even though I didn’t really date until I was 20? Yes. Do I feel wildly old and exceptionally naive and young at the same time? Also yes.
The absolute power of Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album instilling the energy of classically emo singers like Hayley Williams and Avril Lavigne has allowed her to smack multiple generations of listeners right in the ass of their hearts. It’s challenging the Internet culture of generations being against each other, especially as Millennials age and feel more like Steve Buscemi in his ‘Music Band’ shirt in 30 Rock.
Sour reminds us that at the end of the day, we’ve all been that angsty teen who’s navigated their first heartbreak.
And apparently our only response is to make memes about it.
So many glorious memes.
Just gotta post through the feelings, it’s the only way to go.
Here are the best of the bunch, because you and I both know that’s why you’re here.
My geriatric millennial ass listening to Olivia Rodrigo good 4 u like it’s 1999 and my bf just broke up with me before Prom pic.twitter.com/BcPXRbZGda— Erin Hahn (@erinhahn_author) May 20, 2021
I’m the near 30 millennial that’s crying to Olivia Rodrigo’s album bc holy shit does she capture the female adolescence experience so accurately and it’s giving me flashbacks of things I thought I forgot about— Dr. Gracie Lou Freebush (@gracylufrebsh) May 26, 2021
my mental health watching me hit play on sour: pic.twitter.com/UX0GlrrhXj— big assed bitch/daddylonglegs???? | HOLY IS COMING (@whitedressfreak) May 30, 2021
My millennial self vibing to Olivia Rodrigo all summer long pic.twitter.com/K0mTmeb7p1— katie romeo (@DorothyZxanax) May 24, 2021
yeah i’m a millennial listening to olivia rodrigo i’m healing my inner child— manicpixiememequeen (@mpmemequeen) May 23, 2021
Me and my millennial homies rolling up to the Olivia Rodrigo concert like pic.twitter.com/khlpbPbxc5— Philip Obenschain (@pobenschain) May 24, 2021
Oh good, this is me. Like literally how did they get this photo of me enjoying a quiet pinot grigio last weekend?
Listening to Olivia Rodrigo and remembering being a heartbroken teen like: pic.twitter.com/u3ZNgINBfY— Daddy Justice (@TheNotoriousZMB) May 29, 2021
HeySiri play favorite crime by Olivia Rodrigo pic.twitter.com/UslscNqpWQ— ₊˚.༄ NA ☾ (@dndnslife) May 29, 2021
olivia rodrigo: who am i if not exploited— ????????????tang but finally ABD???????????? (@tangor3d) May 27, 2021
me, a phd student: pic.twitter.com/6XVIhCuyYi
Everything about these memes are pure perfection, and I feel all of them deep level. Happy Monday, I guess?