Cannonball (The Breeders song)

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Single by The Breeders
from the album Last Splash
B-side "Cro-Aloha"
"Lord of the Thighs"
Released August 9, 1993
Format 12", CD maxi
Genre Alternative rock, noise pop
Length 3:36
Label 4AD/Elektra
Writer(s) Kim Deal
Producer(s) Kim Deal
Mark Freegard
The Breeders singles chronology
"Divine Hammer"

"Cannonball" is a song by The Breeders from their 1993 album Last Splash. It was released as a single on August 9, 1993 on 4AD/Elektra Records, reaching #44 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and #40 in the UK Singles Chart. It was released in France in November 1993, where it remained charted for 30 weeks, peaking at #8.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Cannonball" was directed by Kim Gordon and Spike Jonze.[1] It features the band in a garage, and the Deal sisters in what seems to be a dressing room trashed with clothes, sitting in a chair together. There are also shots of a cannonball rolling down suburban streets, as well as a shot of Kim Deal singing underwater.

Critical reception[edit]

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Cannonball" at number 22 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever. It ranked #83 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s". In September 2010, Pitchfork Media included the song at number 22 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[2] The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop annual year-end critics' poll named "Cannonball" the best single of 1993.

Usage in media[edit]

Cannonball was featured in a preview for South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, the film Moonlight and Valentino, the start of A Walk to Remember as well as in the heist scene of Sugar & Spice. It was the original score to a skit on MTV's sketch comedy show The State but, due to music licensing issues, The State recorded a sound-alike song for the DVD of their complete series. The song was also featured in the third season in episode 3 in Misfits and in the season six finale of True Blood. It is featured in the final television ad for The Angry Birds Movie.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "Cannonball" – 3:33
  2. "Cro-Aloha" – 2:15

CD & 12" maxi[edit]

  1. "Cannonball" – 3:33
  2. "Cro-Aloha" – 2:15
  3. "Lord of the Thighs" (Steven Tyler) – 3:58
  4. "900" (Wiggs) – 4:27


  1. "Cannonball" – 3:33
  2. "Lord of the Thighs" – 3:58
  3. "Cro-Aloha" – 2:15

"Cro-Aloha" is a demo version of "No Aloha" from Last Splash.


Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[3] Silver December 21, 1994 125,000 210,000[4]


Chart (1993/94) Peak
Dutch Mega Top 100[5] 35
French SNEP Singles Chart[5] 8
UK Singles Chart[6] 40
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 44
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[7] 32
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[7] 2
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[7] 39


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 90s
  3. ^ French certifications (Retrieved April 12, 2009)
  4. ^ French certifications See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "BREEDERS" (Retrieved April 12, 2009)
  5. ^ a b "Cannonball", in various singles charts (Retrieved April 13, 2009)
  6. ^ "Canonnball", UK Singles Chart (Retrieved April 13, 2009)
  7. ^ a b c d Billboard (Retrieved April 13, 2009)

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