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Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill hit Number 1 20 years ago this week
05 May 2016
By Justin Myers


New entries at the top of the chart are always exciting, but just as there's more than one way to skin a rabbit (or so we're told; we have never tried), there's more than one route to Number 1. And an incredible two decades ago, a new worldwide star was showing that slow and steady won the race.

It would be fair to say that when Canadian singer Alanis Morissette launched her music career in the UK, she didn't exactly set the charts alight. Her big debut, the fantastically acidic tale of a scorned woman, You Oughta Know, entered the Official Singles Chart at 76 before slowly rising to Number 22. The same week of that peak, in August 1995, her album Jagged Little Pill also limped in at 76 (spooky, eh?), which in modern times would probably mean you'd have to have a very serious chat with your record label.

But not everyone realises they're on to a good thing straightaway – artists grow on us. And after a further three Top 40 singles, hype around Alanis had sufficiently increased tot ake her all the way to the top spot, where she belonged. It had only taken her eight months (!) but her patience was rewarded.

Jagged Little Pill spent 11 weeks at Number 1 (8 of them consecutive) and went on to be the biggest selling album of 1996, shifting 1.627 million copies that year, beating big releases from Spice Girls and Oasis. Its sales tally now stands at an impressive 2.7 million copies.

Alanis's best selling singles
It was a monster album, but only one single from Jagged Little Pill hit the Top 10 – Head Over Feet – but it isn't the set's top seller, or indeed Alanis's best selling single in the UK. That honour goes to Ironic, which, as any dictionary enthusiast/bore will tell you is in itself ironic – because its supposedly ironic lyrics actually aren't. Yet it's called Ironic. Are you still with us? Yes, the evenings do fly by in our house, why do you ask?

Ironic's combined sales tally stands at 371,000, which might not seem high, but remember: that album was a big seller, passing its first million after a year on sale.

Next up is the lead single from her follow-up LP Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Thank U. Featuring Alanis wearing nary a stitch of clothing, yet some strategically placed hair, the track became the last of two Top 10 hits (so far!) and and is her highest-charting single in the UK, reaching Number 5 in October 1998.

Despite missing the Top 20, Alanis's debut single You Oughta Know is up in third, benefiting from new fans discovering the track and downloading, helped in part, perhaps, by acts like Beyoncé and Britney opting to cover it in live performances.

Despite never charting or being offficially released as a single, haunting ballad Uninvited makes Alanis's Top 10. The track originally featured in Meg Ryan movie City of Angels and was memorably reinvented as an absolute club banger by remix wizards Freemasons They eventually went the whole hog and covered it themselves, with Bailey Tzuke on vocals, taking it to Number 8 in 2007.

Here's Alanis's Official Top 10 biggest selling singles in the UK:

TITLE PEAK YEAR
1 IRONIC 11 1996 371,000
2 THANK U 5 1998 200,000+
3 YOU OUGHTA KNOW 22 1995
4 HEAD OVER FEET 7 1996
5 HAND IN MY POCKET 26 1995
6 YOU LEARN 24 1996
7 HANDS CLEAN 12 2002
8 UNINVITED N/A 1998
9 JOINING YOU 28 1999
10 ALL I REALLY WANT 59 1996
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Alanis heart.gif
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Uninvited is a great song, never heard the Alanis version though.

You Oughta know #22 outselling the top 10 head over feet ohmy.gif
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I feel really bad that I'd only listened to the original of 'Uninvited' after the dance version was released sleep.gif

Classic Alanis though, she's another one of those underrated female musicians for me wub.gif


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wouldn't call myself a fan of her's (I've no interest in any recent material) but she does have some pretty good songs in 'Ironic', 'You Oughta Know', 'Hand In My Pocket' and 'You Learn'~ also love the Freemasons version of 'Uninvited' but haven't heard her's ph34r.gif
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I too adore the Freemasons/Bailey cover of 'Uninvited' but I like the original too (even if I only listened to it after the cover as well! laugh.gif) Sorry Regina!

I've always intended on listening to this album but have never got round to it. I completely agree 'Ironic', 'You Oughta Know' and 'Hand in My Pocket are brilliant.
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My fave track by her is Thank U
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Thank U is amazing. It's really far ahead of most of her other singles. Ironic faded after a few years but I did like it at the time. Hand In My Pocket was always dull.

The other songs on JLP were much better than those two.
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The amount of HEATHENS in this thread who don't know the original Uninvited but only know the shitty dance atrocity.

Underneath, I Remain, Hands Clean, Simple Together and Uninvited are her absolute best though.
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The middle 8 of Hands Clean is wonderful.....
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Pains me that OCC do these great reports yet never give any sales information!
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'You Oughta Know' era Alanis was her at her scorned woman best. The 'Are you thinking of me...?' line is delivered with such conviction. 'Thank U' and 'Hands Clean' are other favourites of mine.
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as a proud owner of the City of Angels soundtrack, guess I'm one of the few that knew Uninvited ages before the dance cover biggrin.gif

Alanis was amazing if you put her in the context of the mid 90s when before her a rock album by a woman had never sold that much
Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former and Under Rug Swept were great albums but after that she kinda lost it, guess songs don't come from the guts anymore, her last album was really poor, cannot even remember the title
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This woman was LIFE back in the 90s wub.gif Her first three albums were outstanding! You Oughta Know remains my fave!
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Uninvited topped my chart in 1998 and is reviewed in my top 800 Retro list, around 660-ish. I recognise a great song when I hear one tongue.gif Jagged Little Pill is one of the classic albums, one of the tracks will feature (eventually) higher in the list. yahoo.gif
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