“Under the Bridge” is a song by the American alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on March 10, 1992 as the second single from the group’s fifth studio album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Vocalist Anthony Kiedis
wrote the lyrics to express a feeling of loneliness and despondency and
to reflect on narcotics and their impact on his life. Kiedis initially
did not feel “Under the Bridge” would fit into the Chili Peppers’
repertoire and was reluctant to show it to his band mates until
producer Rick Rubin implored him to do so. The rest of the band was receptive to the lyrics and wrote the music.
The song became a critical and commercial success, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The single’s success was widened with the release of its accompanying
video, which was frequently played on music television channels. It won
the “Viewer’s Choice Award” and “Breakthrough Video” at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards
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