Why Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ is the perfect teen bop for anime YouTube videos

Billie Eilish is having an insane break out year.

Aside from releasing her critically acclaimed, chart-topping album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go, the Gen Z sensation appears to have impacted more than just the music industry.

Recently, Eilish’s song “Bad Guy” is being used as the backdrop music for various anime music videos (AMV) on YouTube. And there is little to no explanation as to why this is happening–other than, of course, it’s simply what the teens like to do.


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“‘Bad Guy’ by Billie Eilish would be the exact song 11-year-old me would use for a Windows Movie Maker AMV about anime villains, so I typed it into YouTube and I’m glad to report I wasn’t disappointed by today’s youth lmao,” Twitter user @joviellety wrote.

To be fair, the song is the perfect match for anime villains–from the track’s dark beats to its lyrics. So, for the most part, people were not surprised to see this happening.

“Looks just about right,” Twitter user @random_moomoo wrote.

https://twitter.com/random_moomoo/status/1166380295425286148?s=20

And honestly, the music videos being created are pretty good. Eilish does have a love for anime, so maybe, just maybe, she was influenced by anime when creating “Bad Guy.”

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Dominic-Madori Davis

Dominic-Madori Davis

Dominic-Madori Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. She covers the internet, politics, and social issues.