Billie Defines Genres, Top Charts

Billie Eilish’s newest album, “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? was released on March 29, 2019. Her brother, Finneas O’Connell, handled the production for the album and the two of them wrote the songs together. Some of the most popular songs on the album include “Bad Guy,”“When the Party’s Over,” and “Bury a Friend.” Due to Billie Eilish’s hate of genre restrictions she wanted to do “everything on this album.” She greatly accomplished this from the thrilling range she has. 

The album has been named number one on multiple charts including US Top Alternative Albums, US Billboards 200, and US Rolling Stones. Billie Eilish makes songs as a mix of trap, dark pop, and electropop.  

Some of the most captivating songs on this album are “Bad Guy,” “Wish You Were Gay,” “You Should See Me In a Crown,” “My Strange Addiction,” and “Goodbye.”

 “Bad Guy” was a clear message to her listeners that she was self assured and able to see through someone who thinks they are tough. It has a very heavy and loud beat with an electronic twist to it.

 “Wish You Were Gay” had a short controversy because people thought her intensions were to critize the LGBTQᐩ community. She came out saying that wasn’t the case and the entire song was a joke about her getting rejected by a boy. She had wished that instead of being told he simply didn’t like her, he was gay. The beat is very soft and sweet with lyrics you are drawn to pay attention to.

My favorite,  “You Should See Me In a Crown” was inspired by the show Sherlock and one of the lines he said caught Billie and Finneas’ attention: “In a world of locked doors, the man with the key is king. And honey, you should see me in a crown.”  She wants the listener to know that she will make herself known. The beat is more of an electric sound that gets built up during the chorus.

 “My Strange Addiction” has a message as clear as the title. It is about depending on someone to help through anything and be a distraction to the chaos and the feeling of craving it all the time. Instead of Billie’s strange addiction being a person, the song was inspired by her addiction to the show “The Office.” She added clips of dialogue from an episode as the intro, inserted in the middle, again towards the end, and as the outro. The beat of the song is very playful and quick.

 Finally, “Goodbye” is the final song on the album. It also is the shortest being only a minute and fifty-nine seconds, except for “!!!!!!!” which is a thirteen second long conversation.

This was an original way to end an album because she wanted it to “feel like a finish line, to feel like a period at the end” which she accomplished.

Billie Eilish is known for adding things to her songs and her videos. She adds snippets of tv shows, conversations, laughing, and fears. There’s something in every song on this album, which makes it stand out from others. 

Most songs have conversations for intros that cut off and then continue in the middle of the song. Some of her videos on the album included fears such as spiders, the monster under your bed, needles, and the dark. She “loves the idea of glorifying people’s biggest fears.” Considering her only being 17 years old with such a creative mind, her fans are excited for what she has coming out next.