"Criminal" is a song by American recording artist Fiona Apple, released in September 1997 as the third single from her debut studio album, Tidal. Apple has stated that the song is about "feeling bad for getting something so easily by using your sexuality". Apple's highest-charting single, it peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as No. 4 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.
The song won the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards and was nominated for Best Rock Song. "Criminal" was listed at No. 55 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s", and No. 71 on Blender magazine's 2005 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born".
The song's music video was directed by Mark Romanek in May 1997 with cinematography by Harris Savides. It was released a month later in June 1997. Visual enhancements including the retroreflector in Fiona's eyes and additional lighting vignettes were created by visualist Ash Beck. The video features Apple sulking in various states of undress, and The New Yorker described her as "looking like an underfed Calvin Klein model", known as the "heroin chic" look. It explores themes of voyeurism and adolescence. In 1998, the video won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography.
The video was featured in the 1997 MTV special "Beavis and Butt-Head Do Thanksgiving". Up until Beavis and Butt-Head's revival in 2011, it was the most recent music video to be critiqued by the duo, along with Marilyn Manson's "Long Hard Road Out of Hell" video, which was also featured in the special.
It has sold over 1,000,000 copies in US and has certified Platinum.
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