Jagged Little Pill

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Jagged Little Pill
Studio album by Alanis Morissette
Released June 13, 1995
Recorded 1994–1995 at Westlake Recording Studios and Signet Sound, Hollywood
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge[1]
Length 49:11
Label Maverick, Reprise
Producer Glen Ballard
Alanis Morissette chronology
Now Is the Time
(1992)
Jagged Little Pill
(1995)
Space Cakes
(1995)
Singles from Jagged Little Pill
  1. "You Oughta Know"
    Released: July 6, 1995
  2. "Hand in My Pocket"
    Released: October 31, 1995
  3. "Ironic"
    Released: February 27, 1996
  4. "You Learn"
    Released: July 9, 1996
  5. "Head over Feet"
    Released: September 16, 1996
  6. "All I Really Want"
    Released: December 1995

Jagged Little Pill is the third studio album and the first to be released internationally by Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette. The album saw Morissette changing her style and genre. Morissette's sound in the album was rock, but her previous songs were dance pop. The title is a metaphor for lessons of life that are hard to accept. The album was Morissette's breakthrough album, and contained six hits, "You Oughta Know", "Ironic", "You Learn", "Hand in My Pocket", "Head over Feet", and "All I Really Want". The album spent twelve weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. By 2009, the album had sold 33 million units worldwide.[2] It was ranked by the Billboard 200 as the number one selling album of the 1990s.[3]

During the three consecutive years in the late 1990s of Grammy Awards, Morissette received five wins out of nine nominations from the album. In 1996, she won the Album of the Year & Best Rock Album.[4] Her 1997 nominations such as "Ironic" for Record of the Year & Best Music Video in Short Form did not win her an award.[5] But in 1998, she won again for Best Music Video in Long Form from her release of Jagged Little Pill, Live.[6] In October 2002, Rolling Stone ranked it number 31 on its Women In Rock - The 50 Essential Albums list, and in 2003 the magazine ranked it number 327 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[7] The album also holds a title in The Definitive 200 Albums list, in which it is placed at number 26.

Chart precession and succession[change | edit source]

Preceded by
Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish
Waiting to Exhale (soundtrack) by Various artists
All Eyez on Me by 2Pac
Anthology 2 by The Beatles
Beats, Rhymes and Life by A Tribe Called Quest
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 7–20, 1995
February 24 – March 1, 1996
March 16 – April 5, 1996
April 13 – May 3, 1996
August 24 – September 13, 1996
Succeeded by
Daydream by Mariah Carey
All Eyez on Me by 2Pac
Anthology 2 by The Beatles
Evil Empire by Rage Against the Machine
No Code by Pearl Jam
Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Take That
18 til I Die by Bryan Adams
Recurring Dream by Crowded House
UK number one album
May 4, 1996 – May 17, 1996
June 29, 1996 – July 5, 1996
July 20, 1996 – September 13, 1996
Succeeded by
1977 by Ash
Recurring Dream by Crowded House
Coming Up by Suede
Preceded by
(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
by Oasis
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
March 10–23, 1996
March 31 – May 11, 1996
May 19–25, 1996
June 9–15, 1996
Succeeded by
Falling into You by Celine Dion
Preceded by
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Billboard Top Album of Decade
1990's
Succeeded by
No Strings Attached by 'N Sync

Singles[change | edit source]

Year Title Chart positions
CAN
Singles
U.S.
Hot 100
U.S.
Hot 100
Airplay
U.S.
Modern Rock
U.S.
Mainstream Rock
U.S.
Adult Top 40
U.S.
Top 40 Mainstream
UK
Singles
AUS
Singles
1995 "You Oughta Know" 20 6 13 1 3 7 22 4
"Hand in My Pocket" 1 15 1 8 25 4 26 13
1996 "Ironic" 1 4 2 1 18 5 1 11 3
"You Learn" 1 6 1 7 40 3 1 24 20
"Head over Feet" 1 3 25 1 1 7 12
1997 "All I Really Want" 2 65 14 59 40

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