As music gets weirder and weirder and lyrics get deeper and deeper, the pop genre always struggles to have a definition. Pop finds it’s niche in synthesizers and simple snare rhythms, but there is always an outlier or two in the top charts. Now, as Billie Eilish’s new album, “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” has the top few songs on Billboard, the effect of alternative music is present on the radio and Spotify top charts. Pop music is straying from the usual repetitive synthesizers and is supporting new types of music.
Billie Eilish’s album was months in anticipation after the start of her career was led by her duet with Khalid. After the songs big success, Billie Eilish set a name for herself. With a young new base listening to this brand of alt pop growing, Billie Eilish is becoming part of a culture. Billie Eilish uses her quiet and mysterious style to appeal to her audience. The audience of this brand of music are looking for a medium between trappy pop music and slower alternatives, and she is creating that softer side of pop for her specific style.
Eilish’s music is different because of its slower, ballad-like beats, but with loud sounds contrasting with its quiet accompaniment. She sends a message that appeals to her listeners and her lyrics are very intimate and focused. She is extremely creative with the way she treats her audience, opening up her feelings. A lot of these songs appeal to younger females and empower individuality.
I believe that Billie Eilish’s new album is very creative, yet inevitable. With all of pop following the direction it is currently facing, our Pop Top Charts is becoming stagnant. Artists lack diversity in music and rarely stray from the pop trend. Every era needs a catalyst, and I genuinely believe that Billie Eilish and this alt-pop music will bring us to that new branch of pop. Her music is different, its unique, its empowering, and it is very popular. I think that “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” will be on the top charts for months to come and Billie Eilish will imprint her name as a pop icon.