put her in a box — singles like “bad guy” and her unique style have turned her into a gender-fluid force of innovation. She appeals to people from all backgrounds, and it’s made her one of the best-selling artists of our decade.
Part of the reason for her one-of-a-kind sound and vibe is the music from which she takes inspiration from. She and her brother Finneas are fantastic at being able to decipher what makes a song timeless. Many songs are fads, and fade in our minds just months after they’ve been released. But Eilish knows how to make a time capsule out of sound, and that’s all thanks to these diverse influences.
1. Frank Sinatra
This classic “New York, New York” singer is an OG — no, seriously! He had ties to the mob that made him the true original gangster of pop. Many of Frank’s songs have a melancholy tinge, which is one of the only connections we can find between her and this 1950s crooner.
2. The Beatles
Decades after their most popular hits, young people still know The Beatles and their legacy. Even though their songs are a lot less experimental than Eilish’s, she dares listeners to listen to her and Finneas’ music, which she says is inspired by lots of Beatles tracks, which “feel good” to hear.
3. Earl Sweatshirt
We Stan a queen that loves all genres equally. This is a surprising inspo for Billie, but if you take into account some of her beats, her delivery, and even her style. She’s a big fan of Odd Future, and Earl especially for his use of jazz in tracks. However, that’s not the only Odd Future member that Billie has a musical thing for.
4. Tyler the Creator
This guy has been in the media frequently for saying and doing some pretty outlandish things, and his music is also the opposite of conservative. She hasn’t pinned exactly what she adores Tyler, but acknowledges that he inspired “every part of everything about me.” We can see this in her unusual, offbeat samples and avoidance of cliche traps. They’re both super quirky, so we understand the kindred spirits connection.