Billie Eilish's 'Bad Guy' Is The New No. 1 Song On The Billboard Hot 100

Aug 21, 2019
Originally published on August 21, 2019 9:53 am

From one Gen Z-er to the next, Billie Eilish has officially replaced Lil Nas X at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Eilish's haunting pop song "bad guy" has officially ended the 19-week streak of "Old Town Road" at No. 1.

While "Old Town Road" still holds the title of longest-running No. 1 single in the history of the Hot 100, "bad guy" marks a new first in the chart's history as well. At 17 years old, Eilish is now the first artist born in this century to score a No. 1 song on the chart.

Like much of the music on Eilish's debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Eilish wrote "bad guy" with her brother and producer, Finneas O'Connell, from home.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. Step aside, Lil Nas X - Billie Eilish has replaced her fellow Gen Z-er at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BAD GUY")

BILLIE EILISH: I'm the bad guy, duh.

NOEL KING, HOST:

This week, Eilish's song "Bad Guy" ended "Old Town Road's" record-breaking 19-week streak at No. 1. Billie Eilish is 17 years old, and that makes her the first artist born in this century to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 charts.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BAD GUY")

EILISH: (Singing) My mommy likes to sing along with me, but she won't sing this song. If she reads all the lyrics, she'll pity the men I know. So you're a tough guy...

GREENE: She wrote "Bad Guy" with her brother and producer, Finneas O'Connell. Her debut album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" was recorded at home

KING: And Eilish recently talked to NPR about how she gets that really distinct sound.

(SOUNDBITE OF ACHIVED NPR BROADCAST)

EILISH: I don't know. I don't think I really tried hard to have my sound, so I think that's why it happened. I think when you don't try super hard, things just tend to (laughter) happen faster.

FINNEAS O'CONNELL: I would say this, though...

GREENE: As for the speed of "Bad Guy's" rise on the charts, both that song and "Old Town Road" have benefited from multiple popular remixes. Billboard counts remixes and original releases together to figure out the charts. Being a good guy, Lil Nas X congratulated Eilish on Twitter, telling her, you deserve this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OLD TOWN ROAD (REMIX)")

BILLY RAY CYRUS: (Singing) Ride until I can't no more. I'm going to take my horse to the old town road. I'm going to ride until I can't no more.

LIL NAS X: (Singing) I got the horses in the back. Horse tack is attached. Hat is matte black, got the boots that's black to match. Riding on a horse. Ha, you can whip your Porsche... Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.