The Soundtrack of My Life / 2020

Billie Eilish, "No Time to Die"

Genre: Pop, alternative. Released on February 13, 2020. Darkroom/Interscope Records.

This is a series of commentaries about the songs that form the soundtrack of my life. Each song presented here hit #1 on my personal top 10 weekly music charts, which I have documented every Sunday since January 7, 1990.

Chart peak: 2020

Weeks at #1: 2 weeks

Key signature

E Minor

Tempo: Adagio

Very slow (66-76 BPM)

Nothing scores an intensely moody week better than a Billie Eilish track, and this song was on replay during my most intense week at the University of Ottawa. In my final term of my Bachelor of Education degree program, I was hit with writing-reading assignments nearly every day, plus larger projects and online study modules. Add a mandatory math exam and a scholarship-based research project into the mix, and I was officially riding the edge of my work capacity. However, after numerous sleepless nights, I managed to get all the work done, because, well, there was no time to die.

“No Time to Die” is Eilish’s second #1 hit on my charts, following 2019’s “Everything I Wanted”.

Second week peak (March 22)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic finally hit Canadians hard and many of us are in self-isolation amidst a lot of uncertainty. This melancholy track captured my mood most of the week.

Key lyric

Fool me once, fool me twice
Are you death or paradise?
Now you’ll never see me cry
There’s just no time to die



Billie Eilish, Finneas


Finneas O’Connell, Stephen Lipson


Eilish, B. (2020). No time to die [Song]. On No time to die [Album]. Darkroom/Interscope Records.

Wikipedia. (n.d.). No Time to Die (song). Retrieved from

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