Avril Lavigne – The Best Damn Thing

Avril Lavigne 2007

Avril Lavigne's third album marked a noticeable departure from the sound of her previous two records. While Let Go and Under My Skin were angsty and leaned more towards a rock influence, The Best Damn Thing was overtly pop, upbeat, and girly. Many of Avril's fans were put off by the drastic change, but she also gained the attention of new fans as well. The first single, "Girlfriend," catapulted to #1 on the radio charts, her first chart-topper in her young career. Her second single was more familiar territory: "When You're Gone" is a piano-driven ballad that many people can relate to. Avril's third and fourth singles - "Hot" and "The Best Damn Thing" - did surprisingly bad compared to the popular first two singles.

The Best Damn Thing is a fun album that combines cheerleader pop with pop punk instrumentation. It signaled an important shift in Avril's career and fan base, and while she saw even more success at first, the long term effects have been less kind. Highlights on the album include "Girlfriend," "Runaway," "When You're Gone," "Hot," "Innocence," and "Keep Holding On." 

Singles

Tracklist

1 Girlfriend Avril Lavigne, Lukasz Gottwald  
2 I Can Do Better Avril Lavigne, Lukasz Gottwald  
3 Runaway Avril Lavigne, Lukasz Gottwald, Kara DioGuardi  
4 The Best Damn Thing Avril Lavigne, Butch Walker  
5 When You're Gone Avril Lavigne, Butch Walker  
6 Everything Back But You Avril Lavigne, Butch Walker  
7 Hot Avril Lavigne, Evan Taubenfeld  
8 Innocence Avril Lavigne, Evan Taubenfeld  
9 I Don't Have To Try Avril Lavigne, Lukasz Gottwald  
10 One Of Those Girls Avril Lavigne, Evan Taubenfeld  
11 Contagious Avril Lavigne, Evan Taubenfeld  
12 Keep Holding On Avril Lavigne, Lukasz Gottwald  
13 Alone Avril Lavigne, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald Special Limited Edition Bonus Track
14 I Will Be Avril Lavigne, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald Special Limited Edition Bonus Track
15 When You're Gone (Acoustic) Avril Lavigne, Butch Walker iTunes Store Deluxe Edition Bonus Track
16 I Can Do Better (Acoustic) Avril Lavigne, Lukasz Gottwald iTunes Store Deluxe Edition, Special Limited Edition Bonus Track
17 Girlfriend (Remix - The Submarines Time Warp '66 Mix) Avril Lavigne, Lukasz Gottwald iTunes Store Deluxe Edition, Special Limited Edition Bonus Track
18 Girlfriend (Remix - Dr. Luke Remix featuring Lil Mama) Avril Lavigne, Lukasz Gottwald, Niatia Kirkland Special Limited Edition Bonus Track

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