By Guest Blogger: Maddie Mercurio '21
Hi everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe and practicing social distancing! For those of you who don’t me, my name is Maddie and I’m a junior here at Danvers High School. I am a HUGE Billie Eilish fan and today, I thought I would share my top 5 Billie Eilish songs.
5. come out and play
Starting off this list, we have come out and play! This song was originally featured in Apple’s 2018 Holiday Campaign entitled, “Holiday - Share Your Gifts.” The song went alongside an animated video of a young girl who is bursting with creativity, but is too shy to share it with the world. One of the reasons why this is my favorite of mine is because of how different this song is compared to some of her others. My favorite part about this song is how it’s not as intense and upbeat as some of her other songs. It’s very laid back and has a lot of room to grow. The lyrics are absolutely beautiful and this was a release that really took me by surprise.
This song was on her debut EP, "don’t smile at me" and it’s still one of my favorites from the EP. It’s one of her more upbeat songs, which is one of the biggest reasons why I love this song. The lyrics are also very relatable because the song takes aim at people who try to pretend they’re somebody that they’re not. (We’ve definitely all met that person before). More specifically, the people who take after what others around them do and try to present themselves to become more “acceptable” in society. The whole concept of the song is just absolutely incredible.
The video I included is an acoustic version of the song. I enjoy this version a lot because it’s very different from the studio and the live version. But, the live version of this song goes HARD and everybody is just bouncing off the walls and singing. It’s a really incredible experience.
When Billie released her debut album last year, this was (and still is) one of my favorite songs off of the album. It’s very different from anything else on her album. Fans were quick to notice that the song’s name was based off of the 2010 puzzle game of the same name. In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated songs off of the album because the style of the song is very unique and it’s different from anything that she has ever released.
2. ocean eyes
I know, I know. This song is old and a lot of people think it’s overrated. But, this was one of the first songs I heard from her. I was in the middle of doing some homework and it came up on my recommendation on Spotify. I decided to listen to it and I don’t regret that decision one bit. Her tone is so rich in the post-chorus and it’s such a beautiful way to end a song. The introduction is absolutely gorgeous. I don’t have much else to describe this song other than the fact that it’s an amazing song, regardless of how overrated or old this song is.
1. everything i wanted
Finally at number one, we have one of my all time favorites, "everything i wanted!" Although this song is one of her newer releases, it will always have a special place in my heart. I went through one of the most difficult times of my life last year and it taught me a lot about myself. I was in a much better place when I heard this song for the very first time and I had chills down my whole body. I remember sitting in my room, just absolutely in awe. I had never felt such a deep and personal connection to a song. My favorite part about this piece is the chorus because I think it was so beautifully written. The contrast between the verses and the chorus is lyrically incredible and the difference between the two is real and genuine.
That’s it for my list today! Thank you guys for taking some time to read. If you want to share some of your favorite Billie Eilish songs, leave them in the comments below. Stay safe and I hope to see you all again soon. :)
Katie Miraglia, class of 2022, is a member of Falconize and Deception at DHS and can be frequently seen in the school's theater productions. She is also Drum Major of the Marching Band and plays bass clarinet. She took over the Danvers High Chorus Blog for the 2021-22 school year.