I Think, Therefore I Am


Billie Eilish wins for Top Female Artist during the Billboard Music Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Andrew Gombert/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Ines Caballes, Comet Editor in Chief

   Popular American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish recently dropped her highly-anticipated single “Therefore I Am” and music video on Nov. 12, only three days after announcing the release. Eilish, who just won Top Female Artist at the Billboard Music Awards in October, has been dominating the music game for a while now. As of Nov. 29, 17 days after release, the single has garnered over 76 million streams. The 18-year-old has been in the spotlight for 4 years, and fans have followed Eilish through her rare journey as a relatable teenage pop star with a unique style of music.

   In “Therefore I Am”, Eilish speaks to the haters and challenges them to think instead of just speaking their opinions of her, because she simply does not care for them. The song starts off upbeat and Eilish goes straight into the chorus. “I’m not your friend or anything… you think that you’re the man, I think therefore I am,” she sings. The track is in classic Eilish-style, a mix of pop, electropop, alternative rock and the signature angst that makes her sound different from the rest. Fans have shown positive reactions towards the track, and especially love the message behind it that brings empowerment to those who listen. According to genius.com, “Therefore I Am” references many philosophical theories, like Rene Descartes’ “Method of Discourse” and Plato’s “Theory of Forms”. This adds a new meaning to the already powerful lyrics by Eilish.

   Overall, “Therefore I Am” was a hit across the board. Personally, I really enjoyed listening to this new song. I don’t typically listen to Billie’s songs but I admire all the aspects of this one. The song and beat are catchy and showcase the relatable aspect of Eilish’s writing since she is still a teen like most of her audience. I have heard this song on TikTok, which made part of it familiar. I thought it was a good listen and it showcased not only her genius writing skills but also her unique style and empowering message.