Losing Grip

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"Losing Grip"
Avril Lavigne Losing Grip single cover.jpg
Single by Avril Lavigne
from the album Let Go
Released April 1, 2003
Format CD single, digital download, compact cassette
Length 3:54
Label Arista
Writer(s) Avril Lavigne, Clif Magness
Producer(s) Clif Magness
Avril Lavigne singles chronology
"I'm with You"
"Losing Grip"
"Don't Tell Me"
Music video
"Losing Grip" on YouTube

"Losing Grip" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne released as the fourth single from her multi-platinum debut album, Let Go (except in Australia and New Zealand where "Mobile" was released). It was released in late spring of 2003 after the success of "I'm with You". The song was written by Lavigne and Clif Magness, and produced by Magness. The song is much heavier with grunge[1] oriented sounds, than most of the songs on Let Go that had a more poppy feel. She performed "Losing Grip" at the Juno Awards of 2003. It is about Lavigne "losing grip" with her boyfriend as they are just not meant to be. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 22, 2003.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video shows Lavigne performing in front of a large crowd. Shots of her making her way through a mass of people while pushing, punching and shoving interlude from time to time. There is also a scene where Lavigne jumps into the crowd and "crowd surfs". The audience had to practice this routine on other people before Lavigne was allowed to do so.

The music video was directed by Liz Friedlander and recorded at Angel Orensanz Foundation.


Christina Saraceno of Allmusic noted that "Losing Grip" allowed Lavigne to "show off" her vocal ability during the song's "explosive rock chorus".[3] Sal Cinquemani of Slant magazine also praised Lavigne's vocals and compared them to Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette.[4]

In an AOL Radio listener's poll, "Losing Grip" was voted Lavigne's tenth best song.[5]


"Losing Grip" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, but lost to "Trouble" by Pink.[5]

Year Awards ceremony Award Results
2003 Canadian Radio Music Awards Best NewRock/Alternative Solo Won
Fan Choice Award Nominated
2004 Grammy Awards Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated

Track listing[edit]

Australia CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Losing Grip" 3:53
2. "I'm with You" (live) 3:57
3. "Unwanted" (live) 4:01
4. "Losing Grip" (music video) 3:55
France CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Losing Grip" 3:52
2. "Losing Grip" (live) 4:56
United Kingdom CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Losing Grip" (album version) 3:53
2. "Losing Grip" (live) 4:56
3. "Naked" (live) 3:24
4. "Losing Grip" (music video) 3:55
Australia, United Kingdom and United States CD promo
No. Title Length
1. "Losing Grip" (album version) 3:53


Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 40
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 48
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[9] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 43
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 18
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 8
Scottish Singles Chart[13] 22
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 64
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40[17] 17
US Billboard Adult Top 40[17] 33


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Video Single
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 50,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States April 1, 2003 (2003-04-01) CD single Arista
Europe June 30, 2003 (2003-06-30)


  1. ^ Kot, Greg (13 November 2004). "Avril Lavigne blossoming". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 30 January 2011. Her music touched familiar bases, ranging from coffeehouse folk (a solo acoustic version of "Tomorrow") to grunge ("Losing Grip") 
  2. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum". Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Saraceno, Christina. "Let Go: Avril Lavigne". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Cinquemani, Sal. "Slant Magazine Review". Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Cheung, Nadine. "Top 10 Avril Lavigne Songs". AOL Radio. Archived from the original on 15 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Avril Lavigne – Losing Grip". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Avril Lavigne – Losing Grip" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Avril Lavigne – Losing Grip" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Avril Lavigne – Losing Grip" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "Musicline.de – Lavigne, Avril Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 28, 2003". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 27, 2003" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/scottish-singles-chart/20030713/41
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Avril Lavigne – Losing Grip". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 2003-07-19" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  16. ^ "Avril Lavigne – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Avril Lavigne. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  17. ^ a b "Billboard Music-(Allmusic.com)". Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "American video certifications – Avril Lavigne – Losing My Grip". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH

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