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Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Arts Correspondent
12:00 AM 29th June 2024

Albums: Avril Lavigne Greatest Hits

Avril Lavigne Greatest Hits

Sk8er Boi; Girlfriend; What The Hell; Complicated; Don’t Tell Me; I’m A Mess (With Yungblud); He Wasn’t; Losing Grip; My Happy Ending; Bite Me; Nobody’s Home; I’m With You; When You’re Gone; Bois Lie (ft. Machine Gun Kelly); Smile; Love It When You Hate Me (ft. Blackbear); Rock n Roll; Here’s To Never Growing Up; Keep Holding On; Head Above Water

Label: Legacy

In 2002, the then-18-year-old Avril Lavigne made her debut on the international stage, positioning herself as an alternative to the plastic pop artists dominating the arena. While there were male front punk pop acts, Avril Lavigne stood out as the female renegade in a field that was enjoying its own moment in the spotlight.

Her debut album, Let Go, topped the charts worldwide as she explained her complex situation to a receptive market. With the UK included in the market areas that offered her the most chart success, she managed to diversify and grow her sound over subsequent releases. Building her pop edge while at times proving herself a prime balladeer, her last studio album marked a clear return to the pop punk that had propelled her to stardom.

While she has had to fight off numerous conspiracy theories, undergo a personal health battle, and experience numerous heartbreaks throughout the years, she has channelled these moments into adding depth and integrity to her songwriting. Now, 22 years after the release of her debut album, she is releasing her official Greatest Hits. Although a compilation of her B-Sides and Essential Mixes exists, this marks the first time she has compiled 20 of her biggest singles.

Unsurprisingly, this is a corker of a release. Although she has 33 singles to her name, the final tracklist highlights those that have had the biggest impact. This naturally means that a few favourites have missed the cut—although those buying the Japanese edition will have access to Alice and Hello Kitty—and that there are more highlights from her earlier albums given her greater commercial success at the outset of her career.

While some fans may miss those moments, they should celebrate the cohesive collection. While Lavigne has not shied away from musical experimentation, Greatest Hits demonstrates that, at her strongest, genre classification holds no purpose as these are just killer songs with no filler.

Whether you prefer I'm With You over Don't Tell Me or Bois Lie over I'm A Mess, it doesn't matter; you can now enjoy them all in one place.