Criminal (Fiona Apple song)
|Single by Fiona Apple|
|from the album Tidal|
|Released||September 16, 1997 (U.S.)
June 30, 1998 (UK)
|Writer(s)||Fiona Apple (lyricist/composer)|
|Fiona Apple singles chronology|
"Criminal" is a song by Fiona Apple. Apple described the song as a description of "feeling bad for getting something so easily by using your sexuality." It was released as the third single from the album Tidal in September 1997, and is Apple's biggest hit, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as #4 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards and was nominated for Best Rock Song. The song was listed at number 71 on Blender magazine's 2005 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born". It reached #55 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90's.
Though the lyrics appear to be mostly original work, the intro line "I've been a bad, bad girl", and accompanying melody were first heard on a recording made by Alan Lomax entitled "Prisoner Blues", performed by Ozella Jones.
The song's music video was directed by Mark Romanek with cinematography by Harris Savides. The video features Apple sulking in various states of undress, and The New Yorker described her as "looking like an underfed Calvin Klein model." It explores themes of voyeurism and adolescence. In 1998, the video won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography.
- "Criminal" – 5:42
- "Sleep to Dream" (live) – 4:36
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||51|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||21|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40||17|
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||4|
|U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||18|
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