Iris (Goo Goo Dolls song)

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"Iris"
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
Format CD single
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock, Adult contemporary
Length 4:50 (album version)
3:35 (radio edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) John Rzeznik
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo, Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls singles chronology
"Lazy Eye"
(1996)
"Iris"
(1998)
"Slide"
(1998)

"Iris" is a song by American alternative rock band 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[edit]

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.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD1
  1. "Iris" (Edit) – 4:49
  2. "Lazy Eye" – 3:45
  3. "I Don't Want To Know" – 3:37
  • CD2
  1. "Iris" – 4:51
  2. "Slide" – 3:34
  3. "Iris" (acoustic version) – 3:26
  4. "Slide" (acoustic version) – 3:15

Reception[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA on August 18, 2008. The song was used frequently in the British comedy Gavin and Stacey.

The song was ranked at number 39 on Rolling Stone '​s list of the 100 greatest pop songs.[4]

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.[5]

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Closing Time" by Semisonic
Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
July 4, 1998 – August 1, 1998
Succeeded by
"Inside Out" by Eve 6
Preceded by
"Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia
"The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica
Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
July 13, 1998 - August 10, 1998
August 24, 1998 - September 7, 1998
Succeeded by
"The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica
"Crush" by Jennifer Paige
Preceded by
"María" by Ricky Martin
Australian Singles Chart number-one single
August 2, 1998 - September 6, 1998
Succeeded by
"High" by Lighthouse Family
Preceded by
"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith
"Believe" by Cher
Italian Singles Chart number-one single
November 21, 1998 - December 12, 1998
December 26, 1998
Succeeded by
"Believe" by Cher
"Believe" by Cher

Cover versions and appearances in media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  2. ^ Iris Songfacts
  3. ^ 41st annual Grammy nominees and winners. 24 February 1999. CNN. Accessed 7 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone: 100 Greatest Pop Songs". Listology. 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  5. ^ "The Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012, From No. 100 To No. 1 - Chart Beat". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  7. ^ "ChartArchive - The Goo Goo Dolls". Chartstats.com. 2012-11-01. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Goo Goo Dolls – Iris". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 67, No. 23, August 31, 1998". RPM. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  10. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Top Annuali Single: 1998". Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Goo Goo Dolls – Iris". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Goo Goo Dolls – Iris". Singles Top 60.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Goo Goo Dolls – Iris" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Goo Goo Dolls search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Goo Goo Dolls – Iris". VG-lista.
  17. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls – Iris – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  19. ^ "UK certifications". British Phonographic Industry. 
  20. ^ "Iris- Kelly Clarkson- Salt lake city". YouTube. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  21. ^ "Beyoncé- Iris(cover)". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  22. ^ "Sleeping With Sirens covers "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 

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