One of the many appeals of Billie Eilish is her complete disregard for what a 17-year old music phenom is expected to do. This includes her music videos which have been some of the best marriages of visuals and melodic material since Madonna burst on the scene over 35 years ago. Jumping from highly stylized to minimalism settings, Eilish has managed to set an original course in an industry that has seen it all.
Here are the 5 best Billie Eilish music videos:
As lo-fi as the song itself, the video for "idontwannabeyouanymore" features Eilish in a white-washed setting (even her hair is dyed to match her white jumpsuit). Directed by Eli Born, Eilish pours out her heart to herself whilst singing in the mirror, revealing her insecurities and announcing she'd rather be someone else that what her reflection is showing her.
This is the closest thing we're going to get to a pop-dance music video from Eilish. The basic requirements are there: Mustangs in the background, back-up dancers perched at the ready. The difference is Eilish, perched on a ladder, gets tied down by the dancers (this is Billie Eilish after all. Squeaky clean she isn't.) while they pour gasoline at the base. Eventually, the ladder (sans Eilish) gets torched while Eilish sings "I'll sit and watch your car burn." No mustangs were damaged in the process.
3. When the Party's Over
Another minimalist video finds Eilish sitting in a stark white room, the only source of color is her blue hair and a glass of liquid dyed to match. After consuming the liquid, Eilish's face overflows with blue tears as she sings "I could lie, say I like it like that, like it like that." The party is really over at this point.
2. Lovely (feat. Khalid)
It only makes sense that Eilish would collaborate with Khalid, an artist whose career trajectory is as quickly ascending as hers. With this video, the two are trapped in a glass box as we witness a relationship deteriorate. How bad are things? Eilish sings “Oh, I hope someday I’ll make it out of here, Even if it takes all night or a hundred years.” By the time the video ends, the relationship has literally frozen over.
1. Bury A Friend
What happens when you face your phobias head on? It ends up looking like a musical version of American Horror Story. For Eilish, that requires being manhandled and having numerous needles stuck in her back. The eerie video, directed by Michael Chaves, even contains Eilish as the monster under the bed, stalking the rapper Crooks, turning this visual into It something that looks like a musical version of American Horror Story.