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
Songwriter(s) Kim Deal
Producer(s) Kim Deal
Mark Freegard
The Breeders singles chronology
"Divine Hammer"
"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]

NME,[2] Melody Maker[3] and The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop annual year-end critics' poll all named "Cannonball" their best single of 1993. 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.[4]

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.

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[5] Silver December 21, 1994 125,000 210,000[6]



  1. ^ [1]
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  4. ^ Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 90s
  5. ^ French certifications Archived 2009-04-27 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 12, 2009)
  6. ^ French certifications See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "BREEDERS" Archived 2012-03-07 at WebCite (Retrieved April 12, 2009)
  7. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  8. ^ a b "Cannonball", in various singles charts (Retrieved April 13, 2009)
  9. ^ "Official Charts > Breeders". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c d Billboard (Retrieved April 13, 2009)

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