In 1996, Fiona Apple released her debut studio album titled Tidal. The album was certified 3x Platinum with sales over 2.9 million. The album was a huge success largely due to the third single, Criminal, which was released in 1997. Criminal peaked at number 21 on the Hot 100 charts and number four on the Billboard Modern Rock charts.
Criminal won the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards and was nominated for Best Rock Song. VH1 ranked Criminal at number 55 on it’s 2014 ranking of the 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s, and the music video won the Best Cinematography award at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.
Enjoy this look back at Fiona Apple’s music video for Criminal as well as a live performance back in the day on Letterman!