Iris (Goo Goo Dolls song)
|Single by Goo Goo Dolls|
|from the album City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture and Dizzy Up the Girl|
|Released||April 7, 1998|
|Length||4:50 (album version)
3:35 (radio edit)
|Producer(s)||Rob Cavallo, Goo Goo Dolls|
|Goo Goo Dolls singles chronology|
"Iris" is a song by American alternative rock band the Goo Goo Dolls. Originally written for the soundtrack of 1998 film City of Angels, the song was later included on the band's sixth album Dizzy Up the Girl. "Iris" has contributed greatly to the band's success. The song's time signature changes from 4/4 to 3/4 and back a number of times and features an unusual guitar tuning in which most of the strings are tuned to D, lending the guitar a chorus-like effect.
This song is not only one of the biggest alternative rock staples of the 1990s, it is also one of the biggest crossover hits to date crossing over from modern rock radio to pop and adult contemporary radio, all hitting number one on the formats and being the most played song of 1998 for all formats.
Origins and theme
John Rzeznik was approached to write a song for the City of Angels soundtrack, and the end product was "Iris". This song propelled the band to stardom, as it stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record-breaking 18 weeks, and was nominated for three Grammys that year.
According to several interviews with Rzeznik, he was experiencing serious bouts of writer's block when he was approached, and was on the verge of quitting the band days before he wrote the song that would launch the band to worldwide fame.
- "Iris" (Edit) – 4:49
- "Lazy Eye" – 3:45
- "I Don't Want To Know" – 3:37
- "Iris" – 4:51
- "Slide" – 3:34
- "Iris" (acoustic version) – 3:26
- "Slide" (acoustic version) – 3:15
Upon its release, "Iris" became second of a string of hits from the film's soundtrack, City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture. (The first was Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited" and the third was Sarah McLachlan's "Angel".) The song debuted at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart on April 18th 1998, and eventually spent a record of 18 weeks at number one in Hot 100 Airplay. However it was not allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 because no commercial single had been released. In December 1998, just after the song airplay has peaked, the rules changed to allow airplay-only songs onto the chart. As a result, the song debuted and peaked at number 9 and stays on the chart for 14 weeks. On the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, "Iris" peaked at number eight. The song was the band's 2nd number one hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart since their 1995 hit "Name" and Iris stayed at number one for five weeks and the song also hit number one on the Top 40 Mainstream chart for four weeks. The song spent a then-record 17 weeks at number one on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart (beating No Doubt's 15-week run at number one with "Don't Speak" in 1996-97).
The song was also a major international hit. "Iris" spent 31 weeks on the charts and peaked at number 5 on the Irish Singles Chart; it is the thirteenth biggest-selling single there. The Goo Goo Dolls performed this on October 20, 2001 at Madison Square Garden as part of the The Concert for New York City to raise money for victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
This song was also used in the production of The Bear by Anton Chekov performed by Rebecca Gove and Ioannis Bakogeorgos. Besides the song's success on the charts, "Iris" enjoyed critical acclaim. At the 41st Grammy Awards, "Iris" received nominations for "Record of the Year" and "Pop Performance by a Duo or Group." The song also garnered Johnny Rzeznik a "Song of the Year" nomination. The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA on August 18, 2008. The song was used frequently in the British comedy Gavin and Stacey.
In October 2012, "Iris" was ranked number one on Billboard's "Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012" chart, which ranked the top songs of the first 20 years of the Mainstream Top 40/Pop Songs chart. The list also featured the Goo Goo Dolls' hits "Slide", ranking at number nine, and "Name" at number 24. The Goo Goo Dolls are the only musicians to have three songs on the list, two breaking the top 10 and all three falling within the top 25. They are also the only musicians that have back to back singles (Iris, 1998 and Slide, 1999) featured on the list.
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||1|
|Canadian Alternative 30 (RPM)||2|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||16|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||50|
|US Billboard Hot 100||9|
|US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay||1|
|US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||1|
|US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|US Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks||1|
|US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||8|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||22|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||3|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||9|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company) (re-release)||26|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||39|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||3|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||12|
|End-of-year chart (1999)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||94|
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July 4, 1998 – August 1, 1998
"Inside Out" by Eve 6
"Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia
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|Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
July 13, 1998 - August 10, 1998
August 24, 1998 - September 7, 1998
"The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica
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"María" by Ricky Martin
|Australian Singles Chart number-one single
August 2, 1998 - September 6, 1998
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"Believe" by Cher
|Italian Singles Chart number-one single
November 21, 1998 - December 12, 1998
December 26, 1998
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Cover versions and appearances in media
- Avril Lavigne performed the song on stage at the Fashion Rocks Awards with Goo Goo Dolls lead-singer Johnny Rzeznik. It was the choice of the first dance for her 2006 wedding with Sum 41 lead-singer Deryck Whibley.
- Taylor Swift performed the song on stage at the Madison Square Garden with Goo Goo Dolls lead-singer Johnny Rzeznik in November 2011.
- Ronan Keating covered the song on his Bring You Home album, released in 2006.
- It was featured[when?] on the reality show Rock Star: Supernova, performed by Ryan Star.
- New Found Glory also recorded the song for their album, From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II
- Jade Gallagher covered the song on her Maybe This album, released in 2007
- Paula Fernandes covered the song on her Dust In the Wind album, released in 2007
- Finley covered the song on their Adrenalina 2 album, released in 2008
- Boyce Avenue released a cover of the song in 2008.
- Pakistani band Jal has recorded a cover version of the song and released it on their website
- "Iris" was also covered by Boyz II Men on their 2009 Love album
- Gothic metalcore band Motionless in White covered the song in 2006 where it appeared on their second demo
- The Wanted covered the song on their Behind Bars Tour in 2011 and a live performance of the song was featured on their Glad You Came digital EP.
- Leona Lewis recorded her version of the song on Hurt: The EP, which was released December 9, 2011.
- Kelly Clarkson performed the song on stage during her Stronger Tour in 2012 
- Charlotte Sometimes performed this song as a "Save Me" song on the second season of The Voice on the first live show, but was still eliminated.
- Beyoncé performed the song, mashed up with her own song "If I Were a Boy" during the live revue Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live in May 2012 
- Kellin Quinn and Jesse Lawson of Sleeping with Sirens covered the song with Colby Carpinelli & Grayson Hendren of Coyote Theory, and included it as a bonus track on their 2012 EP If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack.
- The X Factor USA contestant Beatrice Miller performed the song on the top 12 live show on November 7, 2012.
- Bryan Keith performed this song in the first live round on the third season of The Voice, and advanced in the competition.
- In Chile, the song was used in the soundtrack in telenovela of TVN Separados and Canal 13 Las Vega's.
- The song appeared in the tenth episode of the fourth season of Workaholics.
- American Idol Season 12 finalist Nick Boddington performed "Iris" while accompanying himself on the piano. The episode aired live on March 6, 2013.
- Isaac McGovern performed the song during the Live Shows on the third season of The Voice Australia. *April Lockhart performed the song during week 7 of Rising Star on NBC.
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- Iris Songfacts
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- "The Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012, From No. 100 To No. 1 - Chart Beat". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
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- "Iris- Kelly Clarkson- Salt lake city". YouTube. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- "Beyoncé- Iris(cover)". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
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