Hear Avril Sing Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway"

by Alanna Bennett

Fun fact: Kelly Clarkson's hit single "Breakaway" — you know the one, you couldn't escape it in the summer of '04 — was originally intended to be on Avril Lavigne's debut hit album Let Go. Now, a decade since its release on the soundtrack to The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, you can finally hear Lavigne's version of Kelly Clarkson hit "Breakaway."

Lavigne actually wrote the song, too, alongside Bridget Benenate and Matthew Gerard, and it certainly fits in with the "young girl coming of age" theme of Lavigne's first album, even if it is a little more wistful than "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi." Benenate talked about the process of writing the song in a 2012 interview, saying:

Avril talked about her life and what things were important to her – she was the inspiration for the song. Matthew began creating the melody and track, and I started working on the lyrics. I remember staying in bed for three days, writing 25 versions of the lyric. I love being in bed and writing lyrics, and having my dog Jet and my kitty Dash on the bed. Anyway, we finally finished the lyric, then we completed the demo.

And now, that demo's available for listening. So close your eyes, pretend you're a decade younger, and hit play:

And in case you needed a refresher on the Clarkson version: