Everyone’s been there, and we don’t mean on vacation: The music video for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Californication” has surpassed a billion views on YouTube. It’s RHCP’s first billion-dollar video, Variety reports, averaging over 290,000 views per day in 2022.
Released in 2000 and posted to YouTube in 2009, the video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. It stars shirtless band members Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and John Frusciante, both in real life and as digital avatars in Tony Hawk’s pro skater style. The video ends with an earthquake that engulfs Band and California alike, and you can revisit it below.
The fourth single from the 1999 album “Californication”, the title track peaked at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached number 1 for mainstream rock tracks and modern rock tracks in the US. But while it didn’t quite reach the heights of her biggest hits “Under the Bridge,” “Scar Tissue,” “Otherside,” and “Dani California,” “Californication” has become her most popular video by far. In second place, Otherside has over 600 million views, while Scar Tissue and [checks notes] The Getaway track “Dark Necessities” both have over 400 million.
The one billion view milestone comes just days after the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced 2023 tour dates with The Strokes, Iggy Pop, The Mars Volta, St. Vincent, The Roots, Thundercat and King Princess. Tickets are available here.