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"Ocean Eyes" is a song by American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish. It was released on November 18th, 2016, through Darkroom and Interscope Records. The song was written and produced by Finneas O'Connell. The Astronomyy remix of the song peaked at number 25 on Billboard's Spotify Velocity chart.

Background Edit

When asked about how the song came about in an interview with Teen Vogue's Ariana Marsh, Billie said:

"Aside from singing, I'm also a dancer. I've been dancing since I was eight. Last year, one of my teachers asked if I would either write a song or have my brother write a song to choreograph a dance to. I was like, 'yes, that's such a cool thing to do!' Then, my brother came to me with 'Ocean Eyes', which he had originally written for his band. He told me he thought it would sound really good in my voice. He taught me the song and we sang it together along to his guitar and I loved it—it was stuck in me head for weeks. We kind of just decided that that was the song we were going to use for the dance. We put it on SoundCloud with a free download link next to it so my dance teacher could access it. We had no intentions for it, really. But basically overnight a ton of people started hearing it and sharing it. Hillydilly, a music discovery website, found it and posted it and it just got bigger and bigger. It was really surreal. Then, Danny Ruckasin, who is now my manager, reached out to my brother and was like, 'dude, this is going to get huge and I think you're going to need help along the way. I want to help you guys.' We were like, 'that's swag!'"

Critical reception Edit

Chris DeVille of Stereogum said "the song is pure pop, a ballad about longing for reconciliation with an ex. I can imagine it becoming a major hit, and director Megan Thompson's video will certainly help. Idolator's Mike Wass labeled it a "dreamy ballad". Mathias Rosenzweig of Vogue stated "On Billie Eilish's breakthrough track, 'Ocean Eyes', she compares love to falling off a cliff, surrounded by the warlike intensity of napalm skies. It's a profound description for a 14-year-old, and it's led to an enormous amount of interest in her debut song—as well as the singer herself. Like the title suggests, her airy falsetto vocals also conjure up thoughts of the ocean washing over the song's mellow percussion and minimalist synths. The song's maturity paired with a few childish ideals—she sings, for example, that love is 'no fair'—struck a chord with an audience much older than Eilish and racked up a total of more than 2,000,000 streams on Spotify." Billboard's Jason Lipshutz called it "understated and heartbreaking".

Music video Edit

A music video for the song, directed by Megan Thompson, was released on March 24th, 2016.

Music video Information
Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes (Official Music Video)

Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes (Official Music Video)

Released March 24, 2016
Length 3:21
Director Megan Thompson
Producer
Filmed
Location
Views 2+ million

A dance performance music video was released on November 22nd, 2016.

Music video Information
Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes (Dance Performance Video)

Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes (Dance Performance Video)

Released November 22, 2016
Length 3:21
Director WeWrkWknds
Producer
Filmed
Location
Views 2+ million

Lyrics Edit

[Verse 1]
I've been watching you for some time
Can't stop staring at those ocean eyes
Burning cities and napalm skies
Fifteen flares inside those ocean eyes
Your ocean eyes

[Chorus]
No fair
You really know how to make me cry
When you give me those ocean eyes
I'm scared
I've never fallen from quite this high
Falling into your ocean eyes
Those ocean eyes

[Verse 2]
I've been walking through a world gone blind
Can't stop thinking of your diamond mind
Careful creature made friends with time
You left her lonely with a diamond mind
And those ocean eyes

[Chorus]
No fair
You really know how to make me cry
When you give me those ocean eyes
I'm scared
I've never fallen from quite this high
Falling into your ocean eyes
Those ocean eyes

[Outro]
No fair
You really know how to make me cry
When you give me those ocean eyes
I'm scared
I've never fallen from quite this high
Falling into your ocean eyes
Those ocean eyes

Artwork Edit

Promotional photoshoot

Trivia Edit

  • There was a Snapchat filter with the song at one point.

Gallery Edit

Release history Edit

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide November 18, 2016 Digital download
  • Darkroom
  • Interscope
January 13, 2017 Digital download

(The Remixes EP)