Deadly fever, please don't ever break
Be my reliever 'cause I don't self medicate
In short: Quiet synth-pop from young, confident, self-made rising star
2nd week: 43-71
I have two teenage friends who proudly said they were fans of Billie Eilish before she became super-popular with their peers. (Neither are as interested in her music now that she’s gotten so popular.) I only discovered her through this Billboard listening project and have found many of her songs to be slow, lovely builds taking multiple listens to enjoy the subtleties and quiet melodies.
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell, born in Los Angeles in 2001 and growing up singing in a children’s chorus, recorded “ocean eyes” at the age of 14 and released it on SoundCloud. The song quietly cracked the Hot 100. She since released several more singles (which hit the Hot 100), but it was with her recent #1 album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” that she found her massive success: her first top 10 (“Bad Guy”) and a few other top 40 hits: “when the party’s over” (#29), “bury a friend” (#14), and “wish you were gay” (#31). She collaborates with her brother Finneas on all of the songwriting and they perform together.
This particular song isn’t my favorite from her; it has a memorable “Yoo-whoo” in the chorus but doesn’t get very emotionally dark or characteristically weird like the rest of her music. She includes samples from a particular TV episode of “The Office” through the piece which, to me, disrupts the flow. It probably won't last on the hot 100, but I expect several other of her singles to continue to chart through 2019.