"The Best Damn Thing" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne, taken from her third studio album of the same name. The song was released as the fourth and final single from the album only in some European countries and in Brazil during June 2008.
The song was written by Avril Lavigne and Butch Walker and was produced by Walker. The song is a pop punk track about female self-confidence, containing a spell out of her name, in the style of an American football cheer, with each letter spelling out a different way in which a girlfriend deserves to be treated.
The song received mixed reviews from music critics, some citing its similarities to Toni Basil's song "Mickey", and comparing it to her previous single "Girlfriend". Commercially, the song failed to make any significant impact on the charts, peaking outside the top-forty in most countries. However, it achieved platinum status in Brazil, for selling over 100,000 copies. A music video for the song was directed by Wayne Isham, featuring Lavigne as the leader of a cheerleading group, wearing a pink wig whilst playing an electric guitar, and with her band. She performed the song only on her "Best Damn Tour".
The music video was directed by Wayne Isham and was filmed on February 28, 2008. It premiered on Total Request Live Italy on April 4, and on the website Imeem on April 9 following an introduction by Lavigne. Similar to the video for "Girlfriend", the video shows Lavigne as three distinct characters: the leader of a cheerleading group called "Team Avril", herself wearing a bobbed pink wig and a dress whilst playing an electric guitar, and herself with her band. She plays the drums towards the end of the video. Her brother Matthew and former band members Evan Taubenfeld and Devin Bronson appeared in the video. In the end, she pays homage to her own video for "He Wasn't".
Lavigne performed the song and "I Can Do Better" on an episode of the American talk show Live with Regis and Kelly in April 2008. She also performed "The Best Damn Thing" on Music Station Japan on September 12, 2008.
Maxi CD SingleEdit
- "The Best Damn Thing" - 3:10
- "Girlfriend" (MSN Control Room) - 4:16
- "Innocence" (MSN Control Room) - 3:59
- "Hot" (MSN Control Room) - 3:36
- "Losing Grip" (MSN Control Room) - 3:48