Subscriber Account active since. At just 18 years old, Billie Eilish is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed musicians at work today. The teenager released her debut single online for free in She also recently became the youngest artist ever to record a James Bond theme song.
Indeed, Eilish's discography is rich and record-breaking — but with just one EP, one LP, and a few standalone singles, it's also relatively brief. So, Insider's Entertainment Team decided to rank all 30 songs in the singer's discography. Participating members gave each song a rating on a scale of , with an average of those scores determining the final rankings. They're listed below in descending order.
Eilish has responded to the backlash, telling PopBuzz , "First off, I want to be so clear that it's so not supposed to be an insult. I feel like it's been a little bit misinterpreted. I tried so hard to not make it in any way offensive. But aside from the negative discourse around it, the song also just isn't Eilish's best. From the average production to the cringey lyrics, there's nothing here that makes it worth listening to over her other, far superior tracks.
Song highlight : It ends with applause, perfectly setting up the following track, "When the Party's Over," which is one of Eilish's best songs of all time. And although Eilish warns that her partner's "number might be blocked" and threatens to "call the cops, if you don't stop," it's not until nearly halfway through the song that the singer reveals the biggest blow: she's dumping someone on their birthday.
While "Party Favor" is a creative and brutal portrayal of just how ruthless breakups can be, the song doesn't beg to be listened to on loop as some of Eilish's other breakup songs do, like "Watch" and "Bes Broken Hearts. I really wanted something to feel like a finish line, to feel like a period at the end, you know? So the idea was to have that 'Please, don't leave me be' right at the beginning, and then basically the rest of the song is every single song on the album, starting from the bottom to the top. And then when it gets to the top, it just kind of dies down and it feels like it's a goodbye.
It almost feels like an RIP. But while "Goodbye" accomplishes this goal beautifully, outside of the full album experience, it doesn't function as a standalone song. It's not something you'd add to a playlist, for example. That doesn't decrease its inherent value, but it does decrease its listenability, which was an important factor in our ranking. It was included on the "13 Reasons Why" season one soundtrack, but later got its own music video, which might be the best part. In the video , the singer climbs a ladder that leads to nowhere, and her explanation for the visual gives the entire song a deeper meaning.
She added: "The thought of being on an endless ladder in a kind of timeless, anti-gravity space where no rules apply, is just really sick to me, and goes with the concept of the song—getting nowhere in a relationship. Eilish is joined by Khalid on "Lovely," which was released in The slow track incorporates piano and strings and begins with Khalid's voice echoing Eilish's vocals.
Eventually the artists come together to harmonize in the chorus, singing about the feeling of being trapped inside of one's own mind. Both artists have openly spoken about their struggles with mental health, and the song was included on the soundtrack for Netflix's "13 Reasons Why.
Song highlight : "Isn't it lovely, all alone? A lullaby-like song featuring sped-up vocals and ukulele chords, "8" captures the confusion — and eventual acceptance — that comes with being left behind by a distancing partner. She clarified that she wrote the song, originally titled "See Through," about herself from the perspective of someone she once hurt.
Every lyric in that song is toward me," Eilish said while describing the "soundcloud loop type song. And while "8" is, in fact, easy to listen to on loop despite its melancholy message, Eilish's pitched vocals alongside her raw ones don't come together in quite the same way that her higher ranked tracks do.
When they heard Marco Graf's character say, "When I was older I used to be a sailor, but I drowned in a storm," they began writing. An experimental foray into Auto-tune for Eilish, the song maintains a similarly somber air as her previous work. As Rolling Stone's Angie Martoccio wrote , "'When I Was Older' is part haunting lullaby and part electronic eulogy, with Eilish's silky vocals giving the impression she's singing underwater, but it's where she wants to be. Billboard reported that the brother-sister duo layered sounds from the film, like the ocean and rustling trees, into the song.
Eilish and O'Connell continued, "Nothing about this song would exist without the film, which is exactly what we love about it. At 15 years old, Eilish released this fire-fueled breakup anthem as the third single from her first EP, "Don't Smile at Me. So that's kind of what the song is about. Song highlight : "When you close your eyes, do you picture me? Eilish's music has a tendency to tackle tough subjects, but she showed a soft, heartwarming side when Apple approached her and O'Connell to write a song for its "Share Your Gifts" holiday campaign.
The sibling duo watched the animated video and created the song: "Come Out and Play. The lyrics encourage someone to break out their comfort zone and overcome their fears. She told Beats 1, "It was very different because we had never written a song about empowering yourself. Your talent and what you love is a gift to you. Whether or not you're good at it, it doesn't matter. If it's something you enjoy, share it. It's very Christmassy and cute. Soft guitar backs up Eilish's vocals throughout the song, which ends up sounding like a sweet lullaby.
It's no surprise that, out of every song Eilish has made for something that wasn't her own discography, the best one would be the haunting piano ballad "No Time to Die. Eilish and O'Connell made the track for the upcoming Bond movie of the same name, completing it in just three days on a tour bus in Texas. Song highlight : The fact that this song made Eilish the youngest artist in history to record a Bond theme song. Eilish, then 16 years old, released "Bes Broken Hearts" as a single in And while Eilish continues to note the couple's incompatibility, calling them "suicide and stolen art," she also knows they'll both eventually move on with other people.
Eilish's smooth vocals float seamlessly through the track, effectively capturing the fleeting nature that often comes with young love. For despite her cool-girl image, Eilish is clearly disdainful of someone who "need[s] a xanny to feel better" — instead of being "too inebriated now to dance," she's quietly "drinking canned coke" in the corner.
But Eilish isn't a wallflower by any means, and as she commands the listener "don't give me a xanny now or ever," it's clear that she'd rather stick to the sidelines than be "mak[ing] the same mistakes" as her drug-using friends.
While "Xanny" lacks the slick hooks or sardonic lyrics of other songs on the album, Eilish's breathy vocals and dismissive attitude towards recreational pill use make it one of the project's hidden gems. Song highlight : After the first chorus, when Eilish's delicate vocals turn hazy, and give way to distorted bass and staccato drum beats. Let's make it into a song,'" Eilish told Billboard.
This song also deserves credit for pivoting Eilish away from sad songs to her creepy, horror aesthetic that she's known for now. Song highlight : The sound at the beginning is Eilish's dad sharpening a knife. Gone are the whispery, delicate vocals that lend an ephemeral quality to songs like "Ocean Eyes" — instead, Eilish uses her voice as an abrasive, snarling at the "Copycat" in question: "Watch your back when you can't watch mine.
The powerful vocals and aggressive lyrics on "Copycat" are a precursor of sorts to "Bad Guy" — there's even a softly-spoken interjection in the bridge "sike" instead of "duh," but the effect is the same. And while "Copycat" lacks the driving bass and increasingly-layered vocals that make "Bad Guy" such a bop, it's still a worthy song that provides a tantalizing glimpse of Eilish's early potential.
Eilish's light-as-air vocals are put to good use on "Listen Before I Go," one of most heartbreaking songs from her most recent album. The song is heartbreaking and utterly relatable all at once, and shows just how deep Eilish's songs can go. But just when you think you have the song figured out, the music drops out for a moment, like its holding its breath — only to come back with a brand new tempo and a devastating attitude that only a teenage girl could pull off.
The chorus of "My Boy" is so springy and elastic that it's almost distractingly danceable. If any set of lyrics is begging to be followed by the fire sign emoji, it's that one. Eilish should put this track back on her setlist. Named after Eilish's favorite computer game, "Ilomilo" deftly transposes the narrator's separation anxiety into a catchy, mid tempo song with insanely relatable lyrics.
While it's a bit unclear if she's talking about an ex-lover or just a friend, "Ilomilo" does its best to parse the emptiness left by someone important. Song highlight : The song's title is pretty cute, especially considering the hidden meaning behind it — Eilish was inspired by an old XBox game in which two characters, named Ilo and Milo, are separated but try to find each other. When you win the game and they're reunited, they hug.
Slow, steady, and haunting, "Hostage" is a stripped-down track about an intense romantic love that doubles as an overwhelming desire to possess someone. The eighth song on "Don't Smile at Me" exercises simplicity, because in this case, there's no need to distract from Eilish's vocals. It's no mystery that the relationship is unhealthy, but "Hostage" artfully exposes a battle between complete adoration and problematic obsession.
Most of all, it's an early showing of Eilish's willingness to be vulnerable in her music. Written and released in the middle of a pandemic, which has forced people to spend more time alone than ever before, Eilish reimagines loneliness as an opportunity — and, ingeniously, the song's structure parallels its paradoxical theme. But Eilish flips that expectation, using all the hallmarks of a traditional breakup ballad to lull the listener into a false sense of familiarity.
Then, she surprises us halfway through with a funky beat switch, introducing bright guitar plucks and lush melodies that almost recall the jazzy flair of Amy Winehouse. The second half of "My Future" is where the song becomes spellbinding, and thanks to O'Connell's magic touch, the production remains appropriately gentle. It never feels glib or over-the-top optimistic. Song highlight : Eilish's vocals have truly never sounded better. Her effortless, hypnotic vocal runs are noticeably more drawn-out, elaborate, and confident — and knowing that she and O'Connell refuse to use autotune just makes it all the more impressive.
Focusing on "addictions" of various types, the song's catchy beat and sly lyrics, not to mention the cleverly integrated "Office" samples, make it one of the album's standouts — and one of Eilish's best songs in general. While Eilish's most obvious "strange addiction" is the NBC show, the other is clearly someone who isn't good for her, but who she feels drawn to anyway. Eilish's experience with her "strange addictions" is instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever felt unhealthily obsessed with something, or someone, and overall, the song puts a clever twist on teenage infatuation.
Song highlight : Any dialogue from "The Office" sampled in the song, but especially the opening line, which features Michael Scott Steve Carell saying exasperatedly, "No Billy, I haven't done that dance since my wife died. The tender ballad is both heart-wrenching and serene. Listening to it, especially within the context of the album, feels like you're in the hazy eye of a storm. This feeling of stillness in the midst of chaos is subtly highlighted in the second verse.
Forsaking heaven for hell has never sounded so good, as Eilish proves with this absolute gem from her latest album. In addition to disrupting the widely-disseminated belief that goodness automatically results in a place in heaven, "All the Good Girls Go to Hell" makes cheeky references to Catholicism too; as Eilish explains, her debauchery will go largely unpunished by the saints since "Peter's on vacation, an open invitation.
Backed by a jaunty piano, Eilish's invitation to come and join her and her friends in hell sounds pretty damn appealing.