Let Me Go (Avril Lavigne song)

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"Let Me Go"
Single by Avril Lavigne featuring Chad Kroeger
from the album Avril Lavigne
Released 15 October 2013
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2013
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 4:29 (Album Version)
3:57 (Radio Edit)
Label Epic
  • Chad Kroeger
  • David Hodges
Avril Lavigne singles chronology
"Rock n Roll"
"Let Me Go"
"Hello Kitty"
Chad Kroeger singles chronology
"Porn Star Dancing"
"Let Me Go"
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"Let Me Go" on YouTube

"Let Me Go" is a song by Avril Lavigne, released as the third single from her self-titled fifth studio album (2013), on October 15, 2013. It features vocals from Lavigne's husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and was written by Lavigne and Kroeger along with David Hodges, with Kroeger also producing it. It was her first single to feature a guest performer. "Let Me Go" is a piano-driven power ballad, which features Lavigne painfully reminiscing over a failed love.

Initially, "Let Me Go" was about letting go of someone and having them let go of you. However, "Let Me Go"'s lyrics were changed by Lavigne and Kroeger to reflect their relationship. Therefore, the message of the song is more the journey of love through one's life. Critics gave the song mixed reviews, with some calling it "a monster duet", and others criticizing Kroeger's vocals and his involvement in the track.

A music video was released on October 15, 2013, and it shows Lavigne roaming the halls of an abandoned mansion, with Kroeger's appearance being channeled through an elderly yardman, only to be seen as his true self through mirrored and tablet-assisted images. The song debuted at number 37 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs and at number 78 on Billboard Hot 100. It has also debuted at number 12 on the Canadian Hot 100, after charting in three airplay formats and debuting at number 7 on the Digital Singles Chart.

Background and release[edit]

"Let Me Go" was released as the third single[1] from Lavigne's self-titled fifth studio album after the release of the first two singles "Here's to Never Growing Up" and "Rock N Roll". Lavigne described it as a piano ballad and one of her favorite songs from Avril Lavigne. "Let Me Go" features vocals from Lavigne's husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger whom she married recently last July.[2]

The song premiered on October 8, 2013, 8:30 AM (PST) at KBIG 1043 MYfm[3] and has been released on iTunes a week later on October 15, 2013.[4]


"We started off [in March 2012] just getting to know each other, and then we really bonded through music," Lavigne said. "We became really good friends and then things blossomed. The effect was very natural."

Avril Lavigne talking about working with Chad Kroeger.[5]

"Let Me Go" was written by Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger and David Hodges, with production being handled by Kroeger, who also providing guest vocals. It is a rock[6] and pop rock ballad.[7][8] USA Today editor Haley Blum described the song as a "piano-tinged pop-rock ballad". Its instrumentation features a piano, a string section, an acoustic drum kit, and electric guitars and bass. The song starts with Lavigne beginning in a relationship that's clearly past its prime, "I'm breaking free from these memories/ Gotta let it go, just let it go/ I've said goodbye, set it all on fire,". Chad's verse, "You came back to find I was gone / And that place is empty, like the hole that was left in me",[9] brings a turn to the lyric's meanings. Now, the act of letting go of memories carries the promise of another beginning.[10]

Lavigne's husband Chad Kroeger (pictured), is the co-writer, producer, and is featured on the track.

The song was written on the first day Avril started working with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger on songwriting for her fifth album. They sat with writer and producer David Hodges (ex-Evanescence) and penned "Let Me Go." Ironically, the song started out as a breakup song. "It was about letting go of someone and having them let go of you," Lavigne told Yahoo Music. After the song was finished, Kroeger and Lavigne did the very opposite of letting go: They continued to work together, and soon they discovered their chemistry was more than musical.[5] After becoming a couple, the two continued to write and record together in the studio, with Kroeger co-written 10 of 13 songs. But when the couple looked back at the first song they did together, "Let Me Go," they decided the lyrical theme was no longer appropriate. "After we were together we were both like, 'Okay, we're engaged and our duet together is a breakup song.'" Lavigne said. "It was kind of f---ed up. So we changed it. We rewrote the last chorus to put a twist on it so we end up together. Therefore the message of the song is more the journey of love through one's life. Obviously I've been in other relationships. So it's like going from one stage in one love into finding the right one. It's kind of sweet."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received mixed reviews. Cornelius Vernon-Boase of Soundscape Magazine wrote the song "is a slower song and has a rock ballad feel with a powerful chorus," praising Chad's vocals, writing that "they add nicely to the song with his huskiness that gives it the raw powerful feeling."[11] Nick Catucci of Entertainment Weekly called the song, "a monster duet", "which might be deeply weird because it is newlyweds singing what seems to be a breakup ballad, or might be completely unremarkable because it sounds like a Nickleback song."[12] John Walker of MTV Buzzworthy wrote the song, "offers all the emotional guidance you may need in a fragile post-breakup state."[10] Joseph Apodoca of On the Record Carpet wrote that the song "is reminiscent of many of Lavigne's biggest power ballad hits, including 'Losing Grip,' 'Nobody's Home' and 'Keep Holding On'."[9] Elliot Robinson of So So Gay wrote that in "Let Me Go", is where Kroeger's musical stylings are most noticeably felt," calling "infectious yet truculent pop-rock and earnest balladeering."[13]

While reviewing the album, Jason Lipshut of Billboard Magazine analyzed that the song "is thoroughly dramatic after four carefree tracks on the album, and while the voice don't blend perfectly, the duet is strong enough to avoid sounding forced or cobbled together."[14] Nathan Jolly of The Music Network praised Lavigne's vocals, writing that, "she delivers a vocal performance that reminds us that she can belt with the best of them," while saying that Kroeger, "as usual, is so awash in effects that he sounds like an underwater Vedder-bot."[15] Sputnikmusic's staff called the song "a ‘mandatory’ collaboration", writing that the song looks like a Nickelback song, that "could have gone a whole lot worse, but is still an overlong, overdramatic song that never needed to be created in the first place."[16] Feminist website Jezebel, called it "as torturous as you could possibly imagine."[17] Jamie Parmenter of Renowned for Sound was critical of the duet, because "it sounds entirely like a Chad Kroeger song, and not a very good one."[17] On February 13, 2014, Let Me Go was placed at number 14 on Billboard's "20 Best Love Songs By Real-Life Couples" list.[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

North America[edit]

On October 21, 2013, Billboard revealed that the song had debuted at number 37 on the Hot Adult Pop Songs chart. Separately, Lavigne has charted 14 titles, since 2002, while Kroeger's prior history includes 15 entries with Nickelback and another three as a soloist.[19] It also debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, at number 78, beating "Rock N Roll"'s peak position. "Let Me Go" was even better on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, becoming her best single since "What the Hell" (2011) and Lavigne's highest chart debut.[20]


Elsewhere, "Let Me Go" charted very moderately. In Austria, the song debuted at number 63, on November 1, 2013, before re-enter three non-consecutive times, with the last time peaking at number 32, on January 31, 2014.[21] The song became her highest charting-single since "What the Hell" (2011) and the best charting-single from the album.[21] In the United Kingdom, "Let Me Go" managed to peak at number 66, but it was never released as single there.[22] In France, "Let Me Go" became Lavigne's lowest-charting single of her career.[23]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Let Me Go" was directed by Christopher Sims and premiered on Lavigne's official channel on YouTube on October 15, 2013. It starts off showing an old man (played by Herman Sinitzyn[24]) sweeping leaves outside a mansion, before the music kicks in. The clip shows Lavigne representing a pianist ghost, alone in the (presumably now empty) mansion without lighting and with covered furniture, attempting to get in touch with the man she loved. This man is revealed to be the old man from the beginning, who is played by Kroeger in flashbacks to his younger self.[9] The two appear together during the song's final chorus.[9][25] The video received positive reviews on Lavigne's Vevo channel on YouTube, with a 97% "thumbs up" rate.[26]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[27]
  1. "Let Me Go" (featuring Chad Kroeger) – 4:27
Taiwan CD Single [27]
  1. "Let Me Go (Radio Edit" (featuring Chad Kroeger) – 3:57
  2. "Let Me Go (Main Version)" (featuring Chad Kroeger) – 4:27
  3. "Let Me Go (Instrumental)" (featuring Chad Kroeger) – 4:27

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[28] 77
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[21] 28
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[29] 7
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[30] 16
Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100)[31] 52
Brazil Hot Pop Songs[31] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[32] 12
Canada AC (Billboard)[33] 6
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[34] 11
Czech Republic (IFPI)[35] 8
France (SNEP)[23] 168
Germany (Media Control AG)[36] 63
South Korea (Gaon International Digital Chart)[37] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[38] 63
Taiwan (Five Music Western Chart)[39] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 66
US Billboard Hot 100[40] 78
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[41] 20


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[42] Platinum 80,000^

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Italy October 11, 2013 Contemporary hit radio[43] Sony Music
Worldwide October 15, 2013 Digital Download[4] Sony Music, Epic Records
Taiwan December 27, 2013 (2013-12-27) CD single Sony Music


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