32 songs that inspired Billie Eilish’s album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
26 March 2020, 14:58 | Updated: 26 March 2020, 15:25
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Billie Eilish took to her Instagram Story to let fans know which songs were the inspirations behind her album, When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? and it includes XXXTENTACION, Post Malone and Mac Miller.
Billie Eilish's debut album When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? has arguably become one of the biggest breakthroughs in music this century, earning the 18-year-old three Grammy awards, a number one spot in the album charts and 59 million Instagram followers. Not bad, huh?
With such a unique style of indie pop under her belt and only a couple of years experience in the industry, fellow musicians and us normies alike have been left wondering, where the hell did she get her inspiration?
Our prayers have been answered and we're now scrambling to learn the nearest instrument, because Billie has shown off the playlists that helped create her album on her Instagram Story.
Each song on When We All Fall Asleep has been given its own playlist with inspiration behind the track, and we have to say we're pretty damn surprised at some of the results....
Songs that inspired 'bad guy'
Mac Miller - 'Dang! (feat Anderson Paak)'
JID - 'NEVER'
Julia Michaels - 'Pink'
morgxn - 'home'
XXXTENTACION - 'YuNg BrAtZ'
Songs that inspired 'xanny'
Daniel Caesar - Japanese Denim
Feist - So Sorry
LCD Soundsystem - New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
Johnny Mathis - Misty
Melody Gardot - Who Will Comfort Me
Post Malone - Stay
Songs that inspired '8'
Swell - I'm Sorry (feat. Shiloh)
SZA - Drew Barrymore
Frank Sinatra - I'm A Fool To Want You
Songs that inspired 'bury a friend'
Tyler, The Creator - Garbage
Kanye West - Black Skinhead
Songs that inspired 'wish you were gay'
Jessie Reyez - Body Count
Carla Morrison - Eres Tú
Anne-Marie - Boy
Songs that inspired 'ilomilo'
XXXTENTACION - Moonlight
Kavinsky - Nightcall
Daniel Olsen - Once Upon
Daniel Olsen - Twinkly Ladybugs
Aaron Zigman - Jesse's Bridge
Songs that inspired 'i love you'
Phoebe Bridgers - Smoke Signals
Post Malone - Stay
Ry X - Only
XXXTENTACION - the remedy for a broken heart
Bon Iver - 715 - Creeks
Bon Iver - 29 #Strafford ATPS
Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day
Songs that inspired 'listen before i go'
Daughter - Smother
XXXTENTACION - I Don't Wanna Do This Anymore
The sad lyrics of XXXTENTACION feature on four of the playlists, while classics such as 'New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down' by LCD Soundsystem is where the singer found her electro edge in 'xanny'.
Similarly dark artist Post Malone features heavily, as well as some more unexpected tracks from Anne-Marie and Frank Sinatra.
And as it turns out, one of the most heavily-streamed tracks on the album 'bury a friend' was a take on Kanye West's 'Black Skinhead', and now we can't stop hearing it as that either.
Billie has previously said that the album is "inspired by her nightmares" and once she'd written 'bury a friend', she immediately knew what the rest of the album would be about.
Speaking of the inspiration behind it, she told The FADER: "‘bury a friend’ is literally from the perspective of the monster under my bed. If you put yourself in that mindset, what is this creature doing or feeling?
She added, "I also confess that I’m this monster, because I’m my own worst enemy. I might be the monster under your bed too.”
In the Instagram Story, Billie also added that end track goodbye was inspired by the rest of the album, and any song that didn't have its own playlist had inspired itself.
Brother and producer, Finneas O'Connell, already confirmed that the pair have started working on her second album, but since the delay of No Time To Die which her song is the theme for and her current tour being postponed, we'll just sit and wait patiently to fall in love with Billie all over again. We're ready when you are.