Everyone’s been there and we don’t mean a vacation: The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ music video for “Californication” has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube. It’s RHCP’s first billion eye 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. Starring shirtless band members Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and John Frusciante, both in real life and digitally, Tony Hawk Pro SkaterAnime style. The video ends with both Earthquake and California swallowing the band, and you can revisit it below.
as the fourth single from 1999 californication, The title track peaked at No. 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and hit No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks in the United States. But although it didn’t quite reach the lofty heights of their biggest hits, the videos for “Under the Bridge,” “Scar Tissue,” “Otherside” and “Dani California” have become by far their most popular videos. In second place, “Otherside” has over 600 million views, while “Scar Tissue” and [checks notes] getaway The number of my single “Dark Necessities” exceeds 400 million.
The 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.