Criminal" is a song by Fiona Apple. Apple said that the song is about "feeling bad for getting something so easily by using your sexuality." It was released as the third single from the album [1 ] in September 1997, and is Apple's biggest hit, peaking at #21 on the Tidal , as well as #4 on the Billboard Billboard Hot 100 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 magazine's 2005 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born". Blender It reached #55 on [1 ] VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90's. [2 ]
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. [3 ]
Music video [ edit ]
music video was directed by Mark Romanek with cinematography by Harris Savides. The video features Apple sulking in various states of undress, and described her as "looking like an underfed The New Yorker Calvin Klein model." It explores themes of [4 ] voyeurism and adolescence. In 1998, the video won an [5 ] MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography.
Track listing [ edit ]
"Criminal" – 5:42
"Sleep to Dream" (live) – 4:36
[6 ] Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart [7 ] 51
Billboard Hot 100 21
Billboard Adult Top 40 17
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 4
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 18
Cover versions [ edit ]
In 2006, singer
Natalie Cole covered "Criminal" for her album Leavin '.
In 2011, the band
The Pretty Reckless played a live cover of "Criminal" for KHFI-FM.
Sarah Paulson covered the song in the episode " Massacres and Matinees" on in 2014. American Horror Story: Freak Show
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