The music video for Pink Scorching Chili Peppers’ 2000 hit “Californication” — that includes shirtless bandmates Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and John Frusciante traversing a ficitional open world video-game — this week hit 1 billion views (and counting). Thus far in 2022, it has averaged over 290,000 day by day views, based on YouTube.
The official “Californication” video was uploaded to YouTube in October 2009. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the 5-minute, 21-second video is a rumination on the darkish aspect of the Golden State, together with Hollywood — and ends because the digital California gamescape is destroyed in an earthquake.
The billion-views YouTube milestone for the band comes the identical week they introduced a 2023 tour of North America and Europe, spanning 23 dates, with supporting acts together with The Strokes, St. Vincent, Iggy Pop, the Roots and King Princess. The Pink Scorching Chili Peppers lately wrapped a 40-city stadium tour, which was their greatest to this point, and this yr launched two chart-topping albums, “Limitless Love” and “Return of the Dream Canteen.”
“Californication” was the Pink Scorching Chili Peppers’ fourth single from their 1999 studio album of the identical identify — and has turn into certainly one of their most enduring hits. The music reached No. 69 on the Billboard Scorching 100 within the U.S. and and hit No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Trendy Rock Tracks within the U.S.
YouTube celebrated the 10-year anniversary this summer season of the first song to crest 1 billion views: Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which stays within the high 5 most-viewed music movies on the platform.