Bad Guy (Billie Eilish song)

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"Bad Guy"
Single by Billie Eilish
from the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
ReleasedMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
Format
GenrePop-trap[1]
Length3:14
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Finneas O'Connell
Billie Eilish singles chronology
"Wish You Were Gay"
(2019)
"Bad Guy"
(2019)
Music video
"Bad Guy" on YouTube

"Bad Guy" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song by American singer Billie Eilish. It was released on March 29, 2019, through Darkroom and Interscope Records.[2] The song serves as the fifth single from Eilish's debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019), as confirmed by Billboard.[2] The music video was also released on March 29. The song peaked atop the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Norway, at number two in Ireland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and at number four in the United States making it by far her highest charting single to date.

Background[edit]

On March 20, 2018, Eilish announced that she was working on her debut album.[3] The album was released a year later, on March 29, 2019. "Bad Guy" was simultaneously announced as the fifth single from the album.[2]

Composition[edit]

"Bad Guy" is composed in the key of G minor and consists of two parts; the first has a moderately fast tempo of 135 beats per minute while Eilish's vocals span a range of F3 to C6, and the second is a spoken word segment which has a slow tempo of 60 beats per minute.[4] It is a pop-trap[1] song which uses a synth bass, a kick-drum and amplified finger snaps in its production.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Chris DeVille from Stereogum described the song as a "low-key banger" and drew comparisons to the likes of Lorde and Fiona Apple.[6] Chloe Gilke of Uproxx called the track a "glitchy, twitchy pop-trap anthem and an immediate artistic statement".[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video for "bad guy" was released through Eilish's YouTube channel on March 29, 2019.[1] It was directed by Dave Meyers.[7] The video begins with the first track on the album "!!!!!!!" in which Eilish announces she has taken her Invisalign out before she kicks her way through a yellow wall and puts them in the hands of a man dressed in black. The rest of the video features Eilish dancing frantically while repeatedly switching to scenes of her feeding pigeons, getting a nosebleed while wearing a white outfit in a blue room with a clock, pouring milk and cereal into a suited man's mouth against the backdrop of a red desert, riding on a miniature car with a gang of men on tricycles, wearing snorkel gear while mens' heads float in plastic bags above her and sitting on a wall in front of a group of overweight men who flex their bellies to the beat.[8] The video ends with Eilish sitting on the back of a man who does push-ups in a dark red room.[9]

The video has been accused of plagiarizing a photoshoot from Toiletpaper magazine by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.[10]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)[12] 44
Australia (ARIA)[13] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[14] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[15] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[16] 29
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[17] 1
China Airplay/FL (Billboard)[18] 3
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[19] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[20] 2
Estonia (IFPI)[21] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 1
France (SNEP)[23] 23
Germany (Official German Charts)[24] 4
Greece (IFPI)[25] 1
Hungary (Single Top 40)[26] 3
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[27] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[28] 2
Italy (FIMI)[29] 2
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[30] 17
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[31] 6
Malaysia (RIM)[32] 2
Mexico (Billboard Ingles Airplay)[33] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[34] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[35] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[36] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[37] 1
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[38] 21
Portugal (AFP)[39] 4
Romania (Airplay 100)[40] 68
Russia (Tophit)[41] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[42] 3
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[43] 1
South Korea (Gaon)[44] 12
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[45] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[46] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[47] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[48] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[49] 4
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[50] 39
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[51] 28
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[52] 28
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[53] 38
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[54] 22

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[55] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[56] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[57] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[58] Platinum 30,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[59] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[60] Gold 400,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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