"Sk8er Boi" (pronounced "skater boy") is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne, released as the second single from her debut album, Let Go (2002). It was written by Avril Lavigne and The Matrix (Scott Spock, Lauren Christy, and Graham Edwards), and produced by The Matrix. The song is a power pop and pop punk track, which lyrically, tells a story told from the singer's viewpoint about her rocker boyfriend and a girl he knew in high school who rejected him because he was a skateboarder and she was a snob.
The song received critical appreciation, with most commending its hook, calling the song "funny" and "clever". It also received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 2003 edition. Commercially, "Sk8er Boi" was a success, reaching the top-ten in more than ten countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States (becoming Lavigne's second top ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart) and sold over 1.8 million copies worldwide. According to Spin, "Sk8er Boi" has the 5th best pop-punk chorus of the 21st century.
The music video for the song, directed by Francis Lawrence, features a concert on a city street with Lavigne singing on the hood of a car with a crowd rocking out around her. It was a success on TRL and was voted one of the best music videos of the decade by BT TV. The song was featured in all of the concerts and tours held by Lavigne, since her first, "Try To Shut Me Up Tour" (2002-2003) until her latest, "The Avril Lavigne Tour" (2013-2014).
The song is actually a story that "I" (Avril Lavigne) is telling. It is about a skater boy (punk who liked a pretty girl who did ballet, so she was very different from him) though she liked him too. But since her friends didn't like him she turned him down. Five years later, she is married and has a baby. She turns on the TV and sees the skater boy who is now a superstar. She calls her friends who already know and bought tickets to see his show. She goes to the show and tries to get him back. But the boy is "I"'s boyfriend or husband. "I" tells the boy she will be backstage after the show and she will later go to the studio to sing the song they both wrote about the girl that rejected him.
Music video Edit
The music video was directed by Francis Lawrence and premiered on 22 August 2002 on TRL. The video shot to number-one on TRL on its second day of the countdown. The video was considered the third 'Best music video of the decade' in the UK by BT Vision, while ET Canada ranked the video at number 2 on her "Top 10 Best Music Videos".
The video centers around an impromptu concert held by Avril in a Los Angeles street intersection. It begins by showing multiple people of Avril's band promoting the concert in advance via graffiti, flyers, email and posters. Avril and her band arrive at the location and begin performing on the roof of their cars; a crowd quickly gathers. Towards the end of the song, police cars and a helicopter arrive to disperse the crowd, while Lavigne uses her guitar to break the car windscreen. Avril then throws the guitar onto the road and looks up at the helicopter, where a shot was taken for the single's artwork.
The impromptu concert was filmed in the intersection of 7th St & S Spring St in Los Angeles.
Awards and nominations Edit
Sk8er Boi was nominated and won many awards. In the 2003 Grammy Awards edition, Lavigne received 5 nominations, including Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Sk8er Boi", but lost it to Sheryl Crow's "Steve McQueen". The song won "Favorite Song" at the 2003 Kids' Choice Awards, "Choice Music Single" at the 2003 Teen Choice Awards and "Best Pop Song" at Socan Awards.
Australia CD single Edit
United Kingdom and Mexico CD single Edit
- "Sk8er Boi"- 3:23
- "Get Over It" - 3:27
- "Nobody's Fool" (live in Vancouver for Z95) - 3:58
- "Sk8er Boi" (music video) - 3:38
France CD single Edit
- "Sk8er Boi"- 3:23
- "Get Over It" - 3:27
Australia, United Kingdom and United States CD promo Edit
- "Sk8er Boi" - 3:23
Japan CD promo Edit
- "Sk8er Boi" (live from Buffalo) - 4:10
United States vinyl promo Edit
- "Sk8er Boi" (side A) - 3:23
- "I'm With You" (side B) - 3:44
- This song has been covered by Cascada under the title "Sk8ter Boi".
- The song is also featured in the video game Rock Revolution.
- It is also available as a downloadable track for the video game Rocksmith 2014.
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