Ocean Eyes (song)

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"Ocean Eyes"
Ocean Eyes (Official Single Cover) by Billie Eilish.png
Single by Billie Eilish
from the EP Don't Smile at Me
ReleasedNovember 18, 2016 (2016-11-18)
FormatDigital download
Songwriter(s)Finneas O'Connell
Billie Eilish singles chronology
"Six Feet Under"
"Ocean Eyes"
Music video
"Ocean Eyes" on YouTube
Music video
"Ocean Eyes" (Dance Performance Video) on YouTube

"Ocean Eyes" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song by American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. Originally published on SoundCloud on November 18, 2015,[1] it was released on November 18, 2016, through Darkroom and Interscope Records.[2] The song was written and produced by Eilish's older brother, Finneas O'Connell and it was originally written by Finneas for his band.[3] The Astronomyy remix of the song peaked at number 25 on Billboard's Spotify Velocity chart.[4]


When asked about how the song came about in an interview with Teen Vogue's Ariana Marsh, Eilish said

"Aside from singing, I'm also a dancer. I've been dancing since I was eight. Last year, one of my teachers asked if I would either write a song or have my brother write a song to choreograph a dance to. I was like, 'yes, that's such a cool thing to do!' Then, my brother came to me with 'Ocean Eyes', which he had originally written for his band. He told me he thought it would sound really good in my voice. He taught me the song and we sang it together along to his guitar and I loved it—it was stuck in my head for weeks. We kind of just decided that that was the song we were going to use for the dance. We put it on SoundCloud with a free download link next to it so my dance teacher could access it. We had no intentions for it, really. But basically overnight a ton of people started hearing it and sharing it. Hillydilly, a music discovery website, found it and posted it and it went viral. It was really surreal. Then, Danny Ruckasin, who is now my manager, reached out to my brother and was like, 'dude, this is going to get huge and I think you're going to need help along the way. I want to help you guys.' We were like, 'oh yeah yeah[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Chris DeVille of Stereogum said "the song is pure pop, a ballad about longing for reconciliation with an ex. I can imagine it becoming a major hit, and director Megan Thompson's video will certainly help."[6] Idolator's Mike Wass labeled it a "dreamy ballad".[7] Mathias Rosenzweig of Vogue stated "On Billie Eilish's breakthrough track, 'Ocean Eyes', she compares love to falling off a cliff, surrounded by the warlike intensity of napalm skies. It's a profound description for a 14-year-old, and it's led to an enormous amount of interest in her debut song—as well as the singer herself. Like the title suggests, her airy soprano vocals also conjure up thoughts of the ocean washing over the song's mellow percussion and minimalist synths. The song's maturity paired with a few childish ideals—she sings, for example, that love is 'no fair'—struck a chord with an audience much older than Eilish and has racked up a total of more than 173,000,000 streams on Spotify. The Astronomyy Remix of the track is used as the Single Mix in US radio stations.[8] Billboard's Jason Lipshutz called it "understated and heartbreaking".[9]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song, directed by Megan Thompson, was released on March 24, 2016.[10] A dance performance music video was released on November 22, 2016.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[2]
1."Ocean Eyes"3:20
Digital download – The Remixes EP[12]
1."Ocean Eyes" (Astronomyy Remix)4:56
2."Ocean Eyes" (blackbear Remix)3:15
3."Ocean Eyes" (Goldhouse Remix)3:33
4."Ocean Eyes" (Cautious Clay Remix)3:11


Chart (2018–19) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[13] 58
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 68
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[15] 62
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 50
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17]
Version with Astronomyy
Portugal (AFP)[18] 99
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 69
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[20] 88
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 88
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 72
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 84
US Rolling Stone Top 100[24] 75


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[26] 3× Platinum 240,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[27] Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[29] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various November 18, 2016 Digital download
January 13, 2017 Digital download
(The Remixes EP)


  1. ^ Ocean Eyes – Billie Eilish SoundCloud. November 18, 2015. From source code of Soundcloud page: "published on 2015-11-19T03:18:57Z", which corresponds to November 18, 2015 Pacific Time (visible with JavaScript disabled).
  2. ^ a b c Worldwide digital release of "Ocean Eyes":
    • "Ocean Eyes - Single by Billie Eilish on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved April 14, 2017.
    • "Ocean Eyes - Single by Billie Eilish on Apple Music". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved April 14, 2017.
    • "Ocean Eyes - Single av Billie Eilish på Apple Music" (in Swedish). iTunes Store (SE). Retrieved April 14, 2017.
    • "Ocean Eyes - Single by Billie Eilish on Apple Music". iTunes Store (ZA). Retrieved April 14, 2017.
    • "Ocean Eyes - Single by Billie Eilish on Apple Music". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Ariana Marsh (February 24, 2017). "How Billie Eilish's 'Ocean Eyes' Turned Her Into an Overnight Sensation - Teen Vogue". Teen Vogue. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Billie Eilish - Chart history (Spotify Velocity)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Meet Billie Eilish, the 15-Year-Old Musician Who's an Overnight Sensation". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  6. ^ Chris DeVille (March 23, 2016). "Billie Eilish - 'Ocean Eyes' Video (Stereogum Premiere) - Stereogum". Stereogum. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  7. ^ Mike Wass (November 22, 2016). "Billie Eilish Drops 'Ocean Eyes' Dance Video - Idolator". Idolator. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Mathias Rosenzweig (August 9, 2016). "Meet Billie Eilish, Pop's Next It Girl - Vogue". Vogue. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Jason Lipshutz (March 23, 2017). "Billie Eilish Is Pop's Most Impressive 15-Year-Old". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  10. ^ "Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes (Official Music Video) - YouTube". March 24, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2017 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes (Dance Performance Video) - YouTube". November 22, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2017 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ a b Worldwide digital release of "Ocean Eyes" (The Remixes) EP:
  13. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #482". auspOp. July 21, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "Billie Eilish Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201935 into search. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Billie Eilish". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. May 6, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201935 into search. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes". Singles Top 100. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  23. ^ "Billie Eilish Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Songs". Rolling Stone. July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2019 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  26. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Billie Eilsih – Ocean Eyes". Music Canada.
  27. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Billie Eilish and Astronomyy – Ocean Eyes". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  28. ^ "British single certifications – Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 30, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Ocean Eyes in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  29. ^ "American single certifications – Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 12, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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