Goo Goo Dolls‘ signature ballad “Iris” has surpassed one billion streams, according to Rock Cellar. The track, which appeared on the band’s 1998 Dizzy Up The Girl album and written by John Rzeznik, peaked at Number Nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also featured in on the soundtrack to the Nicolas Cage / Meg Ryan film City Of Angels. Just released is the Goos’ 13th studio set, Chaos In Bloom.
In 1999, “Iris” snagged a Grammy nomination for Record Of The Year, but lost to Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On.” In the ensuing years, “Iris” was ranked at number 39 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Pop Songs.”
In October 2012, “Iris” topped Billboard’s “Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012” chart, which listed the top tunes from the magazine’s first 20 years of the Mainstream Top 40/Pop Songs chart.
Goo Goo Dolls perform tonight (August 19th) in Saratoga Springs, New York at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
- Goo Goo Dolls‘ Dizzy Up The Girl, which has sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone, was released on September 22nd, 1998 and peaked at Number 15 on the Billboard 200 charts.
- The album will forever be remembered for the band’s two monster hits “Slide” (#8) and “Iris” (#9) — both of which topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart as well — along with the Top 20 single “Black Balloon” (#18).
CHECK IT OUT: Goo Goo Dolls’ 1998 video for “Iris”: