“Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish
“Ocean Eyes” is a love song recorded by singer Billie Eilish when she was only 14 years old. In this song, the narrator (Eilish) talks directly to her love interest. She compares his eyes to the beauty of the ocean and tells him how deeply she keeps falling into it.
“Ocean Eyes” isn’t a self-composed song since Eilish didn’t write it. It was written by songwriter and producer Finneas O’Connell. Finneas, who is Eilish’s real brother, initially composed this song for his Los Angeles based band The Slightlys. However, he let Eilish record it.
Speaking with Teen Vogue, Eilish revealed how her brother gave her the song to record. Here is a portion of that interview:
Facts about “Ocean Eyes”
- Finneas is not only the sole writer of this song, but also its sole producer.
- “Ocean Eyes” was the second single of Eilish’s career. It was also her breakthrough song since its success turned her into a household name across America. The first single of her career was the song called “Six Feet Under“.
- This song was dropped on November 19, 2015. It was one of the outstanding singles on the EP Don’t Smile at Me (Eilish’s debut EP). The songs “Bellyache” and “Idontwannabeyouanymore” were also released as singles from that EP.
- Two music videos were released for this track. The first video, which is the official one, came out in March 2016. Music video director Megan Thompson directed that clip. The second one, which is actually a dance performance video, came out in November 2016. In that video, Eilish mainly performs a dance to the track.
- As of 2018, this track had sold over a million copies in the United States. It was subsequently certified platinum.
- This was Eilish’s first song to chart in the United States. It made it into the US Billboard Hot 100, where it reached number 96 in 2018. Also, it also charted in other countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden. Furthermore, it reached number 2 in Sweden and number 72 in the UK.
Are any samples used on “Ocean Eyes”?
No. Finneas produced this song from scratch without adding any samples to it. Actually no song on Don’t Smile at Me makes use of samples.
That being said, it’s important to mention that this song was sampled on the late rapper XXXTentacion’s song “Touch Eem Body” (Ft. Bass Santana, Kin$oul and Reddz SoFly).