What Genre is Billie Eilish?

Billie Eilish’s music is classified within alternative pop, indie pop and electropop genres. Billie has been making music since her first debut single “Ocean Eyes” which was written and produced in 2015 by her brother Finneas. Her latest album is titled, “Happier Than Ever” which was released on July 30, 2021.

Alternative Pop/Indie Pop

This genre is categorized as guitar-based music that personifies generational discontent as a subject matter. Billie has several songs that fall into this category such as “Everything I Wanted” which portrays her alternative pop roots.

With this genre, she can cross over from pop radio and alternative rock radio guaranteeing legions of fans that have already fallen in love with her music. Just tune in to pop radio today and you will definitely hear Billie Eilish’s music being played.


This genre is characterized by electronic beats and rhythms and was originally developed in the 1980s. Since then, it had a revival in the years 2000 and beyond. 

Billie’s songs like “Bury a Friend” can also be considered in this genre. His debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” features songs from the above-mentioned genres. 

It is with this mix of genres that you find the diversity of Billie Eilish’s music. She has seven Grammy Awards for her music and received another two American Music Awards in 2019. Billie’s album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where do We Go?” debuted on top of the Billboard 200 and reached number one on the UK’s charts.

Billie collaborates with her brother Finneas on albums, singles, and live performances. The two of them are seen together at award shows as well. They make up the heart and soul of Billie Eilish’s career to date.

Goth Pop/Dark Pop

This genre is characterized as a sad and dark music which uses synthesizers and minor chords to portray a sense of gothic or dark sounds. Songs that feature these characteristics for example are Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” and “Therefore I Am”. These songs portray this dark, goth feeling in the music and lyrics.

From the song “Ocean Eye’s” to her latest album “Happier Than Ever” which was released on July 30, 2021, Billie Eilish has seen an amazing amount of success and good fortune from the alternative/indie pop genre that catapulted her to the star she is today. Billie can be described as the latest young artist to rise to fame alongside her contemporaries such as Dua Lipa, Halsey and Rita Ora to name a few. Billie, along with these other stars of today, is the new generation of female stars that have emerged in the last seven years.

As well as being one of the top artists on all streaming services and radio, Billie has become an inspiration for a new generation of young people today. From crossing over on radio as well as generations, she is sure to enjoy much success in the future.

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