Wish You Were Gay

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"Wish You Were Gay"
Single by Billie Eilish
from the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
ReleasedMarch 4, 2019 (2019-03-04)
Format
RecordedSeptember 2016
GenrePop
Length3:41
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Finneas O'Connell
Billie Eilish singles chronology
"Bury a Friend"
(2019)
"Wish You Were Gay"
(2019)
"Bad Guy"
(2019)

"Wish You Were Gay" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song by American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. The song was released on March 4, 2019, through Darkroom and Interscope Records.[1][2][3][4] The song serves as the fourth single for Eilish's debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019).

Background[edit]

Eilish revealed in a statement that she was inspired to write "Wish You Were Gay" at the age of 14 when she was "madly in love with a boy."[3] In July 2017, Eilish performed an acoustic snippet of the track on her Instagram story. She stated that her crush "really was not interested" in her, and she wished that "he was gay so that he didn't like [her] for an actual reason, instead of the fact that he didn't like [her]." She added that the boy in question did in fact come out as gay.[5]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Wish You Were Gay" is composed in the key of G major with a moderate tempo of 118 beats per minute. Eilish's vocals span a range of G3 to D5 and its chord progression follows a basic sequence of Am–D7–Gmaj7–Em.[6] It is a pop[1] song which features Eilish singing over "a slow-burning, lush instrumental," according to Mitch Findlay of HotNewHipHop.[7] Michael Love Michael of Paper noted that the track's "maximal beats roil and snap like a tension release."[8] The song's lyrics center on Eilish's frustration that her crush does not reciprocate her feelings towards him, and her wish that he were gay to "spare [her] pride" and to "give [his] lack of interest in [her] an explanation."[9][10]

Controversy[edit]

"Wish You Were Gay" has been criticized as offensive to the LGBTQ community and accused of queerbaiting.[11][12] Eilish was also criticized for her comments on her Instagram story, where she said "Guess what, he just came out to me like a couple weeks ago. So I wrote the song and made him fuck a dude. I'm fucking proud, bro, except not really though because I was really into him, like so into him. He's so hot, oh my god."[13] Eilish responded to the controversy in an interview with PopBuzz, stating "I want to be so clear that it's so not supposed to be an insult" and "I feel like it's been a little bit misinterpreted. I tried so hard to not make it in any way offensive", and referring to the song as "kind of a joke".[14]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[15]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[16] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[18] 45
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[19] 7
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[20] 12
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[21] 6
Denmark (Tracklisten)[22] 12
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 16
France (SNEP)[24] 120
Germany (Official German Charts)[25] 52
Hungary (Single Top 40)[26] 34
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[27] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[28] 6
Italy (FIMI)[29] 69
Malaysia (RIM)[30] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[31] 35
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[32] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[33] 14
Portugal (AFP)[34] 13
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[35] 62
Singapore (RIAS)[36] 18
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[37] 3
South Korea (Gaon)[38] 173
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[39] 54
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[40] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[41] 46
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[42] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[43] 31

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[44] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[45] Gold 40,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[46] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[48] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Reilly, Nick (March 4, 2019). "Listen to Billie Eilish's latest new track 'Wish You Were Gay'". NME. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Schatz, Lake (March 4, 2019). "Billie Eilish premieres new song "wish you were gay": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
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  5. ^ Clarke, Patrick (March 4, 2019). "Billie Eilish explains meaning behind new single 'Wish You Were Gay'". NME. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Billie Eilish "wish you were gay" Sheet Music in G Major (transposable)". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
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  8. ^ Love Michael, Michael (March 5, 2019). "Billie Eilish's New Single Supports The Trevor Project". Paper. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
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  35. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
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  46. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Billie Eilish – Wish You Were Gay". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  47. ^ "British single certifications – Billie Eilish – Wish You Were Gay". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 19, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Wish You Were Gay in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  48. ^ "American single certifications – Billie Eilish – Wish You Were Gay". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 10, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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