Having released her debut album, Let Go, when she was 17, Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne has essentially grown up alongside her fans. But by incorporating all of the most heartbreaking, thrilling and uplifting moments of her life into her music, she has created a body of work that is both nostalgic and relevant enough to reach out and grab the attention of a whole new generation of listeners.
Though Lavigne is widely considered to be the princess of pop-punk, her discography covers a wider range of genres. From her roots in alternative and post-grunge to experimenting with more electronic stylings on her self-titled record, Lavigne has spent her decades-long career growing as an artist by blending different influences into full-bodied albums. Permeating through them all has been her rich vocals and a dash of feminine rage.
While feminine rage has historically been articulated, written and otherwise communicated by and for men, Lavigne made visible the true range of the tradition on her own terms. This led her music to define a generation and help pave the way for woman-driven and punk-influenced pop music.