This dreamy pop ballad was our introduction to Billie Eilish, who posted it to SoundClound in November 2015 when she was just 13. It quickly went viral, and in March 2016, Eilish released a video for the song directed by Megan Thompson. Interscope Records swooped in to sign her and gave the song a major-label release in November 2016 along with a promotional push touting their now-14-year-old soon-to-be superstar.
At the time, Eilish was often compared to Lorde, but it quickly became clear that she defied comparisons. In "Ocean Eyes," she sings about being captivated by a guy who can transport her with his stare - sentimental stuff. With her next singles, Eilish showed a very different side, releasing nefarious songs like "Bellyache
" (where she kills her friends and puts their bodies in her car) that proved there was a profound depth to her work. When her debut album was released in 2019, she became a household name and added to her already huge and strident following.