Olivia Rodrigo celebrated her 18th birthday on Saturday (Feb. 20) by looking back at some of the songs she’s loved and the songwriters who have influenced her.
“In honor of me turning 18, I’m going to share with you guys 18 of my favorite songs that shaped me into the girl I am today,” the “Drivers License” hitmaker said in a video uploaded on YouTube on her big day.
Rodrigo, who hasn’t been shy about her admiration of Taylor Swift, included three Swift tracks on her list, which is heavy with music by female artists. Songs by Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Lorde and Kacey Musgraves were among Rodrigo’s other picks.
“‘Picture to Burn’ was my first favorite song,” she said of the early Swift track, off of her debut album that was released in 2006, when Rodrigo was just 3 years old. “I was super young when it came out, and I remember I like wasn’t allowed to say ‘stupid old pickup truck’ because I thought stupid was a bad word.”
Her more recent Swift picks were 1989’s “Out of the Woods,” also a favorite of her mom’s — “The bridge is just so good. I scream it at the top of my lungs” — and Folklore’s “Betty.”
Rodrigo opened up about her love of Lorde’s “A World Alone,” from Pure Heroine: “It was the first record that I remember listening to and being like, ‘Oh my god, I see myself in those lyrics … I feel seen by what she’s saying,” she said.
Her playlist of 18 songs included some choices inspired by childhood memories of what she listened to with her family, like Carole King’s “It’s Too Late” (Tapestry was once a thrift store find for Rodrigo and her mom) and The Killers’ “Somebody Told Me” (an example of the alt-rock her parents raised her on).
Watch Rodrigo discuss her picks below, and listen to the playlist on Spotify.