Sk8er Boi

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"Sk8er Boi"
Single by Avril Lavigne
from the album Let Go
B-side "Get Over It"
Released 27 August 2002 (2002-08-27)
(see release history)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Pop punk,[1] power pop[2]
Length 3:24
Label Arista
Writer(s) Avril Lavigne, Lauren Christy, Scott Spock, Graham Edwards
Producer(s) The Matrix
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Platinum[3] (ARIA)
Platinum[4] (ABPD - Brazil)
Avril Lavigne singles chronology
"Complicated"
(2002)
"Sk8er Boi"
(2002)
"I'm with You"
(2002)
Music sample
Music video
"Sk8er Boi" on YouTube

"Sk8er Boi" (/ˈsktər bɔɪ/, "skater boy") is a song by Avril Lavigne, and is 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. Released in 2002, the single reached number ten on the United States Billboard Hot 100 (becoming Lavigne's second top ten single there), number eight in the United Kingdom, number three in Australia, number thirteen in Canada and number one in Spain, becoming one of her most successful songs to date.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Francis Lawrence, centers around an impromptu concert held by Lavigne in a Los Angeles street intersection. It begins by showing multiple people of Lavigne's band promoting the concert in advance via graffiti, flyers, email and posters. Lavigne 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. Lavigne then throws the guitar onto the road and looks up at the helicopter, where a shot was taken for the single's artwork.

The video was considered the third 'Best music video of the decade' in the UK by BT Vision.[5]

Reception[edit]

In a review for the album Let Go, Christina Saraceno of Allmusic called "Sk8er Boi" a "terrific power pop bounce", highlighting the song as a "track pick". However she noted the lyrics show Lavigne's shortcomings as a writer.[6] John Perry of Blender magazine labelled the lyrics to "Sk8er Boi" as "endearingly naive".[7] By contrast, a poll on the website magpiemusic.com voted the song's lines "He was a boy, she was a girl. Can I make it any more obvious?" at fourth place, in its list of "Worst Lyrics of All Time". [8]

In an AOL Radio listener's poll, "Sk8er Boi" was voted Lavigne's fourth best song.[9]

As of July 2013, Sk8er Boi had sold 755,000 digital copies in the US.[10]

Cover versions and appearances in other media[edit]

Eurodance group Cascada recorded a dance cover of the song for the European and Japanese editions of their 2007 album Perfect Day. A cover version of the song by Angela Michael appears in the video game Elite Beat Agents for the Nintendo DS. The song is also included in SingStar Pop, a PlayStation 2 game and another cover version is featured in Rock Revolution by Konami.

The opening intro played during the Best Female Performance category at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards.

"Sk8er Boi" is featured in the television series Cold Case (Season 3, "The Promise", October 2, 2005).

In 2003, Paramount Pictures optioned the song for adaptation into a feature film.[11] As of April 2008, the film has apparently been abandoned or is in development hell.[12]


This song was used in a montage of funny rollerskates and skateboard clips in an edition of America's Funniest Home Videos.

In 2008, HBO included the song in the episode "Get Some" of the miniseries Generation Kill (TV series). The song is sung by Cpl. Josh Ray Person as he is urinating in the dessert.


Kidz Bop did a rendition of the track, with an accompanying music video.

Track listing[edit]

Australia CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Sk8er Boi"   3:23
2. "Get Over It"   3:27
3. "Nobody's Fool" (live in Vancouver for Z95) 3:58
United Kingdom and Mexico CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Sk8er Boi"   3:23
2. "Get Over It"   3:27
3. "Nobody's Fool" (live in Vancouver for Z95) 3:58
4. "Sk8er Boi" (music video) 3:38
France CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Sk8er Boi"   3:23
2. "Get Over It"   3:27
Australia, United Kingdom and United States CD promo
No. Title Length
1. "Sk8er Boi"   3:23
Japan CD promo
No. Title Length
1. "Sk8er Boi (Live)" (live from Buffalo) 4:10
United States vinyl promo
No. Title Length
1. "Sk8er Boi" (side A) 3:23
2. "I'm with You" (side B) 3:44

Charts and certifications[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Awards ceremony Award Results
2003 Grammy Awards[9] Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
Socan Awards[9] Best Pop Song Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best Pop Video Nominated
MuchMusic Video Awards People's Choice Won
Teen Choice Awards[9] Choice Music Single Won
Juno Awards[9] Juno Fan Choice Nominated
MuchMusic Video Awards Best international video by a Canadian Won
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Won

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United States 27 August 2002 (2002-08-27) Arista Records CD, digital download
Australia 28 October 2002 (2002-10-28) Sony BMG
Europe 6 December 2002 (2002-12-06)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/50706/Avril-Lavigne-Let-Go/
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/let-go-mw0000222043
  3. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2002 Singles
  4. ^ http://abpd.org.br/certificados_interna.asp?sArtista=Avril%20Lavigne
  5. ^ "Best Video of the decade". BT Vision. Retrieved 2009-11-30. [dead link]
  6. ^ Saraceno, Christina. "Let Go: Avril Lavigne". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  7. ^ Perry, John. "Avril Lavigne: Let Go". Blender. Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  8. ^ Rupert Neate (09 Jul 2008). "Worst lyric of all time: I'm serious as cancer, when I say rhythm is a dancer". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Cheung, Nadine. "Top 10 Avril Lavigne Songs". AOL Radio. Archived from the original on 15 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sales updates on Avril Lavigne". Billboard. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lavigne's 'Sk8ter Boi' Is Big Screen Bound". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  12. ^ "Yahoo! Movies". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 1009-01-15. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Avril Lavigne — Sk8er Boi". 
  14. ^ "Top 40 week 3 van 2003". top40.nl. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  15. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Avril+Lavigne&titel=Sk8er+Boi&cat=s
  16. ^ "UK Album Chart: Sk8er Boi". ChartStats.com. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "Artist Chart History". 
  18. ^ a b "Billboard Music-(Allmusic.com)". 
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2002". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  20. ^ "2002 UK Official Singles Chart" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2003". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  22. ^ "Austrian Annual Charts 2003". AustrianCharts.at. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  23. ^ "2003 UK Official Singles Chart" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  25. ^ "Brazilian single certifications – Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  26. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  27. ^ "British single certifications – Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Sk8er Boi in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  28. ^ "American single certifications – Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  29. ^ "American video certifications – Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi/I'm With You". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH

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