Avril Lavigne Raises “What The Hell” On New Year’s Eve

What the hell is Avril Lavigne’s New Year’s resolution? Apparently, to “mess around” more, as evidenced by her new single “What The Hell,” in which the self-proclaimed good girl bids boring old monogamy goodbye and decides to go on “a million dates” instead. Avril appeared on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for her debut performance of the song, which is being offered for free today via Facebook. Watch the performance and listen to the single after the jump – ‘cause why the hell not?

“What The Hell” sounds right at home with Avril’s other pop-punk anthems (especially “Girlfriend” and “Sk8erboi”) in every way, from the clappy beat to the snotty attitude to the uber-catchy chorus we don’t blame other people for finding obnoxious, but secretly love in private moments to ourselves. (It’s the kind of track we only select after double-checking no one’s eyeing our iPod.) Only a few hours into 2011, and already we’ve found the new year’s first guilty pleasure!

The track sounded just as good live for its New Year’s Eve debut, though Avril looked a bit listless during most of the song, as befits the single’s lifeless sleeve. (Not quite as “rockin’” as Dick Clark would have us believe.) Luckily, the lovely and ever-evolving singer kicked it up a notch toward the end, and we dig the way Avril was able to glam up in a dress while still being true to her punkish roots.

Speaking of her punkish roots, she also tossed in a performance of “Girlfriend”:

The recent divorcée’s Goodbye Lullaby drops March 8, though it’s clear that many of the other songs on the album will be somber and introspective than “What The Hell.” Avril told Entertainment Weekly that “more stripped and raw and a little deeper. So this album is less pop-rock than the previous stuff, but the first single is a more like that.” For the time being, we’ll happily take the upbeat, bitchy Avril while we still can.

What the hell do you think of Avril’s latest offering?

  • http://audiocred.com Jimmy

    The article’s poor choice of words (does anyone associate “divorcee” with Avril? The girl who wrote Complicated?) aside, this song is heartening. Shows, at least, that she’s not going down the road of Sk8ter Boi (which was made twice as bad by the tool-ish choice of spelling)

  • Andy

    “we’re expecting the other tracks to a bit more somber and introspective than “What The Hell.”

    Okay, have you guys even read any of the material that’s on Avril’s website? While you kinda did hit the nail on the head, if you had looked at her site (or any of the interviews she’s done of late), you’d know that the rest of the album is very different from “WTH”; Avril has described it as mellow, more raw, and acoustic, and that it’s the most personal album she’s done yet. On the other hand, she’s said that “WTH” is the least personal song on the record, and is also the most pop track on it.

    “For the time being, we’ll happily take the upbeat, bitchy Avril while we still can.”

    Oh, please – do you want all your female pop stars to be like Gaga, Kesha, and Katy Perry? (rolls eyes)

  • Brandon

    This song is awful . Avril the 26 year old divorce sounds like a immature 13 year old , i am embarrassed for her

  • Linda

    “For the time being, we’ll happily take the upbeat, bitchy Avril while we still can.”

    Are you twelve? It’s a shame her record label won’t let her grow up. That song is hideous.

  • J_Brisby

    The good news is that it’s a great song, and it will probably be a hit. The bad news is that it’s also completely forgettable, manufactured pop, designed to be disposable. It will make Avril some money, and keep her in the public eye, but it won’t make her relevant again. It also carries on the obnoxious, bratty persona that she developed in The Best Damn Thing. It’s not going to help her get back all the things that album cost her; her artistic integrity, her respectability, her coolness. But what I hear about the rest of Goodbye Lullaby makes me optimistic. I can’t wait to hear it! I hope it can do all the things that What The Hell won’t.

  • ex-on

    “bitchy Avril while we still can.”
    really idolator !!

  • ex-on

    this artical very bad avril is the best !!

  • ex-on

    britney and gaga and rihanna go dawn this year foor avril
    watch your back bitches

  • ex-on

    avril for ever 010 010

  • Surobrit

    ex-on Britney never will go down,she is the best,i looooooooooooovve Avril so much,but this song is stupid

  • ex-on

    it’s just this song the album will be very melow and deep like im with you and keep holding on

  • blake

    I thinh what the hell with your brain “bitchy Avril while we still can.”

  • http://koowie.com Koowie

    It’s an Avril Lavigne song. If you are a fan you’ll like it, if not you won’t.

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