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Best Billie Eilish Songs

Music touches my soul. When I am not singing, dancing or playing an instrument, I am writing articles about the songs that I hold dear.

Billie Eilish performing live at The Hi Hat in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Billie Eilish performing live at The Hi Hat in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

The talented Billie Eilish shot to stardom after recording a song in her brother’s tiny bedroom in their Los Angeles home at the tender age of 13. She quickly went on to signing a record deal and winning music awards, including album of the year for 2020 using her unique talent. Being born into a family of musicians played a big role in Eilish’s access to the art of music making. Eilish was born in the right place, worked hard to hone her skills and collaborated with her brother, all of which effectually propelled her into fame and fortune at such a young age.

With all of this as a back drop, what is most striking is Eilish’s creativity and talent, she doesn’t follow music rules about subject and style, she is unique and this make her music feel fresh, alive and current.

"Bad Guy"

  • Album: When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
  • Charted: #1 USA #2 UK

“Bad Guy” is a song about people pretending to be something that they are not, such as acting cool or tough. Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell, co-wrote this U.S. number one charting song. This catchy electropop song starts off fast and then slows down in the second half. It is easy to see how the infectious catchy beat made this a popular song both with Eilish fans as well as new listeners.

Lyrics to look for:

So you're a tough guy
Like it really rough guy
Just can't get enough guy
Chest always so puffed guy

"Bury a Friend"

  • Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
  • Charted: #6 UK #14 USA

One of the unique things about Eilish’s music is her choice of subject. In this song, Billie sings from the perspective of a monster under a bed. The monster might represent the dark side of humanity and how we can be tormented by different aspects of our own personality. While certainly not the subject matter of typical hit music song by any stretch of the imagination, this song certifies that Eilish is free to sing about just about anything and this artistic expression is freeing to any listener. For Eilish “the rules were made to be broken.”

Lyrics to look for:

What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me?
What are you wondering? What do you know?
Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me?
When we all fall asleep, where do we go?

"Everything I Wanted"

  • Album: Yet to be titled (2019)
  • Charted: #3 UK #8 USA

“Everything I Wanted” starts off softly and is sung delicately with Eilish using her signature way of almost whispering her lyrics, yet the subject matter takes on an entirely heavier meaning. The subject is suicide and although sad and dark in tone, Eilish again, proves herself to be free to express herself; no subject censorship for Eilish. Instead, through the lyrics, she doubts the choice of suicide and tells the listener to seek out help by suggesting “I had a dream, I got everything I wanted, but when I wake up, I see… You with me.”

Lyrics to look for:

Coulda been a nightmare
But it felt like they were right there
And it feels like yesterday was a year ago
But I don't wanna let anybody know

"When The Party's Over"

  • Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2018)
  • Charted: #21 UK #29 USA

Written by Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas O’Conner and often sung together in concert, “When the Party’s Over” is about the ending of a relationship. The ballad is a departure from Eilish’s more typical techno- pop hit songs. The song highlights Eilish’s unique vocals and has become well known due to the accompanying shocking video showing Eilish drinking a liquid black substance from a drinking glass and subsequently crying black tears.

Lyrics to watch for:

But nothin' is better sometimes
Once we've both said our goodbyes
Let's just let it go
Let me let you go

"Bellyache"

  • Album: Don’t Smile at Me (2017)
  • Charted: #79 UK #103 USA

A bellyache would be the least of your concerns if you had murdered your friends in an act of revenge, but Eilish’s voice in this song doesn’t make is sound like she is at all perturbed by her actions. While the macabre subject of the song may surprise listeners, the music itself seems less weighted. Similar to her other songs, Eilish yet again shows that she doesn’t play by the rules and is open to singing about whatever topic inspires her, as only a true artist would.

Lyrics to look for:

Where's my mind?
Maybe it's in the gutter

Where I left my lover
What an expensive fake
My V is for Vendetta
Thought that I'd feel better
But now I got a bellyache

"Ocean Eyes"

  • Album: Don't Smile At Me (2016)
  • Charted: #72 UK #84 USA

This is the song that sky rocketed Billie Eilish into the limelight. She recorded the song, written by her brother Finneas, at the tender age of 13 years old. The song was recorded for the dance school that Eilish danced with at the time, but when it was uploaded onto SoundCloud, a music sharing website, it went viral and the rest they say is ‘history.’ The song speaks of the searing power, mystery and lingering effect of a person’s eyes.

Lyrics to look for:

No fair
You really know how to make me cry
When you gimme those ocean eyes
I'm scared
I've never fallen from quite this high
Falling into your ocean eyes
Those ocean eyes

"No Time to Die"

  • Album: Single release only (2020)
  • Charted: #1 UK #16 USA

Co-written by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell, “ No Time to Die” was created for the James Bond movie of the same name. The song continues with the tradition of James Bond movie theme songs as it builds slowly and includes tension laced dramatic orchestration. The haunting song reflects the movie’s subject matter of betrayal by a lover, a spy or perhaps both.

Lyrics to look for:

Fool me once, fool me twice
Are you death or paradise?
Now you'll never see me cry
There's just no time to die

© 2020 Tracy Lynn Conway

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