As if there wasn't already enough to look forward to in 2017, Avril Lavigne has announced via Instagram that she's been in the studio recording a new album. You probably thought that the Christmas season was coming to an end, but the gifts just keep on coming. Avril Lavigne's new album is due to come out next year, and fans are long overdue a new record from the musician. Her eponymous fifth album came out way back in 2013, featured the hit single "Here's To Never Growing Up," and was followed by a World Tour. She famously collaborated with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger on Avril Lavigne, and you should really revisit these Lavigne tracks before her new album comes out.
Her announcement has understandably excited fans everywhere, particularly since the singer has had so much to deal with over the past few years. As well as separating from husband Kroeger, Lavigne has been battling Lyme Disease. Luckily, it looks as though the "Complicated" singer is getting well again and in a much happier place. Her heartfelt Instagram post reads, "I'm really happy to announce that I am now working on new music and I will be releasing a new album in 2017. I can't wait to open up and share my heart with you!"
Basically, we're all just as excited as the Canadian singer is, making it a great time to revisit some of her most famous songs.
It'd be impossible to make a list of Lavigne tracks everyone should listen to right now without including the original and the best. The singer's first single came out in 2002, and even got her nominated for two Grammy Awards, which is more than a little impressive.
Another iconic Lavigne song taken from her debut album Let Go. "Sk8er Boi" is unmistakeable and super catchy, meaning that, having just heard it again, it'll be stuck in my head for the next week at least.
3"My Happy Ending"
Lavigne's second album, Under My Skin, came out in 2004, and featured a much darker sound than her first release. "My Happy Ending" details a break-up, mourning a future that's never going to happen. Perfect if you're in the mood to wallow.
4"When You're Gone"
In April 2007, Lavigne told The Belfast Telegraph that "When You're Gone" is about "being with someone you love, and you have to say goodbye, and all the little things you miss about them." A totally heartfelt piano ballad taken from her third album.
One of the most important pop-rock anthems of 2007, "Girlfriend" is unforgettable. Pretty sure most people have jumped around their bedrooms singing this into a hairbrush.
Also taken from The Best Damn Thing, Lavigne's third album features so many upbeat tracks that it's tricky to select just a few. But "Hot" has some of the best lyrics I've ever heard.
7"Don't Tell Me"
As the first single to be released from the artist's second album, "Don't Tell Me" felt like a huge step forward from Let Go. A more mature sound, and a defiant message about standing up for yourself, "Don't Tell Me" is the perfect song to listen to when you're mad as hell.
8"I'm With You"
Having been featured in Scrubs, Smallville, and Bruce Almighty, "I'm With You" is a classic, and it's hard to believe that it came out in 2002.
9"Here's To Never Growing Up"
Co-written with Kroeger, "Here's To Never Growing Up" features a more mature rock sound for Lavigne, including a shout-out to Radiohead in the chorus.
10"Rock N Roll"
The video for "Rock N Roll" turns Lavigne into a superhero, which is fun to watch. Also, the song's lyrics are a total feminist statement, with the singer declaring that she doesn't care about her make-up and would rather wear a pair of jeans. Love it.
11"What The Hell"
The video for 2011's "What The Hell" doubles as an advertisement for the musician's clothing and perfume range. With a chorus that announces, "All my life I've been good, but now..." this song is the perfect anthem for anyone wanting to change their image and mix things up.
An unexpected duet with Marilyn Manson, "Bad Girl" was featured on Lavigne's 2013 self-titled album, and was co-written by ex-husband Kroeger.
13"Let Me Go"
Also taken from her 2013 album, "Let Me Go" is a duet with Nickelback's lead singer and sounds a lot like a track the band might release themselves.
Taken from her fourth album, Goodbye Lullaby, in 2011, "Smile" is peak Avril, and her green hair in the video is everything.
15"Give You What You Like"
A sombre track from her fifth album, "Give You What You Like" proves that Lavigne is an artist with impressive range.
16"The Best Damn Thing"
This sounds like something right out of Josie And The Pussy Cats.
With the perfect amount of vitriol, "He Wasn't" will help you get over anybody.
18"Keep Holding On"
An awesome and positive pop song that'll prepare you for Lavigne's return.
Fans of the "Sk8er Boi" singer are more than ready for Lavigne's comeback, and it'll be exciting to find out what direction she's taking her new music in.