Is Billie Eilish's Music Adult or Just Dark?

Billie Eilish is one of the most popular artists in the music industry. Popularity doesn't equal talent, which certainly doesn't equal family-friendliness. Is Billie Eilish too edgy for today's kids, or let them listen?

To get things straight, eighteen-year-old Eilish has been diagnosed with clinical depression. The music she makes creates dark themes, reflecting her struggles. In "Everything I Wanted", Eilish sings about having a dream of committing suicide. It's a known fact; youth suicide rates have heavily increased in recent years, and to many parents, Eilish is an offender. But dark doesn't mean adult, does it?

Eilish's music isn't riddled with profanity. Her most recent album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, contains mild language like "hell", but nothing beyond.

Perhaps the most mature song out of the album's seventeen is "Xanny". While it does not glorify any inappropriate behaviors, it contains drug themes, with the chorus being "I'm in their second hand smoke / Still just drinking canned coke / I don't need a xanny to feel better / One designated drives home / Only one who's not stoned / Don't give me a xanny now or ever."

To conclude, Billie Eilish's music is often considered offensive because of it's dark themes. But they may not be what they initially seem. For teens with depression, Eilish is a most positive role model.

Crystal Music Ratings assigns a 13 rating to WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP. For more information including album specifics, please visit our music ratings page. Thank you for supporting our site!