- Colbert Bump: Holiday's popularity has gained a recent boost between Blacksad using "Strange Fruit" and Fallout 3 using "Crazy He Calls Me".
- Nightmare Fuel: "Strange Fruit", describing the sinister scene of a lynching and contrasting it with a peaceful Southern evening. Made worse in that it's based on an actual event.
- Older Than They Think: People tend to forget that the inextricable link between music and drugs long predates rock 'n' roll - or recorded music for that matter. Holiday was arrested on her deathbed for heroin possession.
- Retroactive Recognition: Of a boy Billie occasionally babysat. He was a nephew of the man who ran her first record company, Commodore Records, and his name also happened to be Billy. He was a funny kid who grew up to be one Billy Crystal (of When Harry Met Sally... fame).
- Signature Song: "Strange Fruit" and "Gloomy Sunday".
YMMV / Billie Holiday