There have been plenty of teen stars in pop music history, but never have we seen one as biting as Billie Eilish. Fiona Apple is the closest thing that comes to mind, although the forebear was 19 when her debut album, Tidal, rocked the world in 1996. Eilish is still only 17 at press time, and she was 14 when her breakout single “Ocean Eyes” caught the ears and hearts of music critics around the blogosphere.
She’s a force to be reckoned with, and she’s inspiring for all to behold. The witty, throaty singer-songwriter works closely with her brother FINNEAS and has a carefully-crafted personal brand more sophisticated than most.
Her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is out today (March 29), and we’re celebrating her strength with a list of our favorite remixes and covers.
Check them out below.
Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” (Justin Bieber Remix)
Everyone Eilish fan knows the singer was a huge, mega super geek for Justin Bieber growing up. Just look at this picture of her room, plastered in his posters. The two had an adorable meet back stage at Coachella 2019, and now, Bieber jumped on her biggest hit to date. The sonics are the same, but Bieber takes the second verse and adds some vocal drops throughout. He sings mostly about his rich and famous lifestyle, so think of him as like Run D.M.C. bad, like bad meaning good.
Billie Eilish – “Bury A Friend” (Zeds Dead Remix)
The lead single from Eilish’s debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is downright scary. Zeds Dead takes the haunting tune and runs it through a few sonic filters. Moody ambience gives way to fat bass synths and old-school dubstep wub-dubs. The drums kick up in a slow-down UK garage style in the later half. All in all, it’s a monster of a chune, and it may give you nightmares.
Bilie Eilish – “Copycat” (Sofi Tukker Remix)
The original is a grumbling, haunting three minutes of cocky brilliants. Vibrant duo Sofi Tukker takes its tone and beefs it up with a club-ready rhythm. There’s a flush of colors in its disco cheeks as new layers of synthetic brightness come in waves. It’s still a little devious, but it’ll have you dancing in glitter by the time it’s through.
Bilie Eilish – “Ocean Eyes” (blackbear Remix)
“Ocean Eyes” is one of Eilish’s most popular songs and it’s brought to new emotional heights by this beartrap sound. Underground heartthrob blackbear adds his own heartbreaking verse to the remix, trapped ou with 808 tinges and even more ghostly with his added vocal harmonies.
Bilie Eilish – “Bellyache” (Marian Hill Remix)
This is another Eilish tune that drips in bloody attitudes. Marian Hill amplifies the off-center feel with a wonky, futuristic take. The groove is sly and just a little crazed, dangerous like a jester with a screw loose who laughs one minute and becomes violent the next. This tune won’t turn bad on you, though. It plays it cool, but it keeps you on your toes.
This Khalid collaboration showcases a softer side of the songstress. Piano and strings set the stage for a dramatic ballad, and this take from Hippie Sabotage pays homage to that rain-on-the-window feeling. Fresh vocals and a trap-style beat buff new dimension into the song. We’re particularly fond of breakdown in the later half.
Bilie Eilish – “My Boy” (TroyBoi “MyBoi” Remix)
How you gonna have a song called “My Boy” and not expect TroyBoi to put his spin on it? Alright, that’s not a guarantee, but thank goodness the London producer put his hands on this one. He’s brings out Eilish’s best shade of strange, and we’re quite certain she’d appreciate the cocky vibe.
Bilie Eilish – “Ocean Eyes” (Astronomyy Remix)
Another take on “Ocean Eyes,” this one dreamy and liquid guitar lover Astronomyy. Eilish’s voice echoes over a stripped down intro before a tinny beat kicks in with some new background vocals. A wailing electric axe can be heard in the distance, but it’s the funky vocal chop that really gets our goosebumps going.
Bilie Eilish – “Six Feet Under” (Jerry Folk Remix)
Eilish sounds more vulnerable than usual on “Six Feet Under,” almost coy in her fairy-like vocal delivery. Jerry Folk’s take punches you right in the face with its wall of vocal harmonies. Silence weighs heavy throughout, adding weight to every note as it drips from the speaker into your brain. Good luck getting this stain off your soul.
Bilie Eilish – “Ocean Eyes” (Young Bombs Remix)
You’ve never heard Eilish like this before. It’s positively uplifting. It’s a sing-along worth putting your hands up for as Young Bombs reworks “Ocean Eyes” into something worthy of a festival main stage. It’s bright and brilliant, as euphoric as the feeling of youthful freedom and just as naively hopeful.
Drake – “Hotline Bling” (Flyboy Remix of Billie Eilish Cover)
Remember when the entire world recorded a cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling?” Eilish counted herself among that ilk, and hers was set to ukulele. Flyboy takes that rendition and turns up the bright lights with a blast of future bass flourishes and an emboldened beat. It’s mostly soft to the touch, but that drop will get ya.
Bilie Eilish – “Idontwannabeyouanymore” (Elijah Hill Remix)
We finish our list with a cool take on Eilish’s “idontwannabeyouanymore.” Elijah Hill catches it like a piece on confetti on the wind and brings it to the top of a mountain. It’s another future bass remix big enough to fill a stadium. Large fits Eilish’s frame after all.