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
Length 3:54
Label Arista
Producer(s) Clif Magness
Avril Lavigne singles chronology
"I'm with You"
"Losing Grip"
"Don't Tell Me"

"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 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 was directed by Liz Friedlander and was taken at Angel Orensanz Foundation. It shows scenes of Lavigne and her band performing in front of a large crowd and there were shots of her making her way through a massive crowd of people while pushing, punching and shoving interlude from time to time. There is also a scene of Lavigne moshing and "crowd surfing" at the bridge as this routine was to be practiced by audiences on other people for live concerts before she was allowed to do so.


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]


"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
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
1."Losing Grip"3:52
2."Losing Grip" (live)4:56
United Kingdom CD single
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
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
Brazil (ABPD)[10] 62
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 43
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 18
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 8
Scottish Singles Chart[14] 22
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 64
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[18] 33
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[19] 17


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Video Single
United States (RIAA)[20] 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)


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  2. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum". Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ Saraceno, Christina. "Let Go: Avril Lavigne". Allmusic. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ Cinquemani, Sal. "Slant Magazine Review". Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ Cheung, Nadine. "Top 10 Avril Lavigne Songs". AOL Radio. Archived from the original on January 15, 2011. Retrieved January 15, 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. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Musicline.de – Lavigne, Avril Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  12. ^ "Chart Track: Week 28, 2003". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 27, 2003" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  14. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/scottish-singles-chart/20030713/41
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Avril Lavigne – Losing Grip". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  17. ^ "Avril Lavigne Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  18. ^ "Avril Lavigne Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  19. ^ "Avril Lavigne Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  20. ^ "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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