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Alanis Morissette- Jagged Little Pill: Top 10 Singles in US and UK / Memorable Lines of a Song

Alanis Morissette- Jagged Little Pill
United States- Alanis Morissette became a huge newcomer for hitting it big with her first international album “Jagged Litte Pill” which was certified 16x platinum by RIAA. it also produced a lot of hit songs and scored these top 10 hits:
You Oughta Know- #6
Ironic- #4
You Learn- #6
Alanis Morissette at least generated three top 10 hit singles from “Jagged Little Pill”. It started out with the iconic rock hit “You Oughta Know” for reaching number 6. While the single “Ironic” was her biggest hit at number #4, and succeeded by “You Learn” at number 6. She had other singles released but they were released as airplay singles and did very well in those charts.

United Kingdom- Alanis Morissette had scored a momentum from her album “Jagged Little Pill” in United Kingdom as well. It was even certified with enormous 10x platinum by RIAA. Six singles managed to chart but only few became a top 10 hit.
Head Ovet Feet- #7
It does show that Alanis Morissette only had one single to reach the top 10. That song was the fifth release “Head Over Feet” at number 7. Her second biggest hit from the album was “Ironic” at number 11. Her singles placement in the charts were “You Oughta Know” at number 22, “Hand in My Pocket” at number 26, “You Learn” at number 24, and the last single “All I Really Want” at number 59.

“Ironic” turned to be Alanis Morissette’s biggest hit from “Jagged Little Pill” in United States, though the second big hit in United Kingdom. However, I would be sharing the song “You Oughta Know” because of its iconic lyrics. It is one of the most notable break-up songs which can be in the category alongside other artists like Adele, Taylor Swift, etc. Check the angst in the song below with its chorus:

You Oughta Know
And I’m here to remind you
Of the mess you left when you went away
It’s not fair to deny me
Of the cross I bear that you gave to me
You, you, you oughta know

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Lyrics from azlyrics.com and songwriters of the song (Alanis Morissette, Glen Ballard)
Video from YouTube / Alanis Morissette

Music 10 A’s: Alanis Morissette to Adele

1. Alanis Morissette

I love Alanis Morissette’s music especially with her album “Jagged Little Pill”. It is just a very honest record, and Alanis is a deep songwriter and a good vocalist.

2. Apologize
This is a song from Timbaland with real vocals of Ryan Tedder along with his band One Republic. Melody-wise and story-wise, it’s a good song. No doubt, it became a huge hit song.

3. Always Be My Baby
A song by Mariah Carey during mid-1990’s. American Idol winner David Cook had its own rock version, but Mariah’s version is way better.

4. All Saints
The time they came out, it was like move over Spice Girls. Ther were the new girl band at that time to watch. They became successful, though, not as successful as the Spice Girls. I love their R&B and pop style.

5. All the Right Reasons
Actually, the best selling album by Canadian rock band Nickelback. It generated a lot of hits and ny favorite was “Photograph”. Take note, it’s a different song from Ed Sheeran.

6. As Long As You Love Me
It is one of the earliest hits of Backstreet Boys in 1997. It was a pop song, and my cousin and sister loves it because they were Backstreet Boys fans. Justin Bieber had an “As Long As You Love Me” song as well, but a totally different song.

7. Aqua
Going back to the second half of 1990’s, that was the time when Danish group Aqua became popular. Surely, a lot danced with their hits like “Barbie Girl” and “Doctor Jones.

8. Always
Bon Jovi’s hit songs back in early 1990’s. It is a rock ballad which was one of their most notable hits. I always thought its title was “Romeo was Bleeding”. Lol!

9. America
Not referring to the country, rather, the band America. Surely, they based theor name with their country. I like their hit “Horse With No Name”, which was sampled by MIchael Jackson in a song, likewise Janet Jackson for her “Someone to Call My Lover” song. I always hear their music as my brother had a CD of them.

10. Adele
She is actually one of the best vocalist and most successful singer at this time. Well, her “25” LP just became the fastest selling album.

Video from YouTube / AdeleVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” by Alanis Morissette

Uninvited (single)
“Uninvited” was released as a single from the hit movie “City of Angels”. I love the haunting nature of the song, along with haunting vocals of Alanis Morissette. The song charted well on Billboard component charts.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (album)
“Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” was the follow-up album by Alanis Morissette for her hit album “Jagged Little Pill”, one of the ten biggest selling albums of all time. The album is a great one but for me, “Jagged Little Pill” was more outstanding. The album went to top 10 worldwide and reached number 1 in several countries. In United States, it peaked at number 1 with 3x platinum mark by RIAA.

Thank U
“Thank U” was released as the debut single for “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” by Alanis Morissette. It is a lovely alternative song which is striking along with Alanis’ vocals. The song was an international hit. In UK, it reached number 5. While it peaked inside the top 20 in the US.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Joining You
“Joining You” was released in some countries as a single from “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie”. It didn’t made much impact due to limited release. However, it reached the top 30 of UK.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

“Unsent” was the official second single of “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie”. I love the story of the song and you can see it on its music video as well. The song peaked at number 58 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

So Pure
“So Pure” was the official final single off “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie”. The song is dance rock and nice to see Alanis transitioning to a dance tune. Nice to see her dancing on the music video. The song though performed moderately on the charts. It only reached the top 40 in United Kingdom. It charted in component countdown in Billboard charts.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / Warner Bros. Records

Female Artists With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: Whitney Houston / Alanis Morissette

Whitney Houston
United States- Whitney Houston has been very successful in the United States where she had a total of five number 1 albums. It also included her soundtrack albums where she was starred in its movies. It started out with her self-titled debut album “Whitney Houston” which eventually went 13x platinum by RIAA, and followed by her second album “Whitney” which was 9x platinum. Her next number 1 studio album has a wide gap of years if soundtracks were excluded. The album was the platinum seller “I Look to You, also her last studio album. Her soundtrack album, which the movie was topbilled by her, was “The Bodyguard” became one of the longest number 1 hits which was RIAA certified 17x platinum. It was followed by 7x platinum seller “Waiting to Exhale”.
United Kingdom- Whitney Houston scored three number 1 albums in United Kingdom. It started with her second album “Whitney” followed by the soundtrack of “The Bodyguard”, which both went 7x platinum by BPI. “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” also went to number 1 with 5x platinum. Her other albums went multiplatinum too but failed to reach number including her first album which peaked at number 2 and gone 6x platinum

Alanis Morissette
United States- Alanis Morissette garnered three albums to reach number 1 in America.Her first came with her very successful “Jagged Little Pill” which was 16x platinum by RIAA. Her fastest seller was “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” which was an eventual 3x platinum, and the platinum seller “Under Rug Swept”. Other albums went to top 10 with “So-Called Chaos” and “Havoc and Bright Lights” at the top 5.
United Kingdom- Alanis Morissette scored only one number 1 albums in UK with “Jagged Little Pill” which was BPI certified 10x platinum. Her albums “Under Rug Swept” and “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” went to numbers 2 and 3 respectively. Thr latter went multi-platinum by BPI.

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia

Video from whitneyhoustonVEVO

Album’s Singles Review: Alanis Morissette “Jagged Little Pill”

Alanis Morissette already had two albums she released as a pop star before “Jagged Little Pill”. Nevertheless, this album became Alanis’ first international album, as well as her first rock album. It has great rock sounds, which she became an influence and inspiration to a lot of female rockstars after this album, particularly fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne, who was considered her successor. The album became one of the biggest selling albums worlwide after 33 million albums reported sales.

You Oughta Know
This song has been very iconic as female rock star, as well as one of the angry songs about their exes. It was such a song that gives you a release of anger and relief when involved in a painful relationship. I remember when Beyonce performed this song at the Grammys, but it is way different if Alanis sang it. It charted in some countries and became Alanis’ first US top ten single reachinh the 6th in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Hand in My Pocket
“Hand in My Pocket” is a slower rock song compared to “You Oughta Know”. The major highlight of the song was when Alanis played her Harmonica. Her vocals were great too. The song charted well in some countries.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

“Ironic” is actually the most popular song of Alanis Morissette, not just at the charts which it achieved major succes. It is a beautiful song which was attributed to its success as well as its lyrics. The music video was very notable for having multiplr Alanis on it in a car.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10

You Learn
The song is a great pop rock alternative song with meaningful lyrics. In this song which at the bridge has showcased her vocal identity which can often heard from her clones. The song became her thrird US top 10 hit.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Head Over Feet
“Head Over Feet” is the last official single from the album in many countries. It is a beautiful and simple pop rock love song about a relationship with your lover as a best friend as well. The song was very successful in United Kingdo which was her first top ten single there.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

All I Really Want
This song was not released as a single in some countries. But in places it was released, it charted there. The song is one of her heavy songs next to “You Oughta Know”.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia

Video: YouTube / Alanis Morissette

Albums that are more successful than its singles (1995-1999)

Part of being a successful recording artist and becoming an A-lister is when their albums sells millions and singles becoming big hits os music charts. However, there are albums from music artists who do sell a lot of albums but their singles from those albums are not radio hits. In 1995 to 1999, here are the notable albums which its singles did not match its success.

Alanis Morissette- Jagged Little Pill
This breakthrough album by Alanis Morissette was very successful and was one of the biggest selling albums which reached more than 30 million in sales. But none of the album’s singles went to number one either in US and UK. In Asia, their singles were successful though. Still, her singles did not match the success of the album

Oasis- (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory
Oasis became one of UK’s precious talents after this album becam extremely successful. The album was believed to have sold 20 million copies. However, only “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger” made impact as singles internationally. In their hometown, UK, their singles did well though.

The Fugees- The Score
The Fugees became very popular then with this critically acclaimed album. The record became multiplatinum in 1996 and one of the biggest sellers that year. But the only single which made real impact was worldwide was “Killing Me Softly”. But in UK, their singles did very well.

Ricky Martin- Vuelve
Former Menudo member Ricky Martin achieved worldwide solo success through his album “Vuelve”. The album did very well and according to estimates, it has sold 8 million copies. However, the only single which gained success from the album was “The Cup of Life”.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers- Californication
Red Hot Chilli Peppers has been one of the biggest bands of the 1990s. But they achieved huge success with their comeback in 1999 through “Californication”. While no singles from this highly successful album ever made the top 10 in UK and most countries, but “Scar Tissue” went to US top 10.

The Offspring- Americana
In 1999, The Offspring went back with this album “Americana” which became known for their single “Pretty Fly ( For a White Guy)”. The album went multiplatinum with sales exceeded 10 million copies but only two singles from the album charted well. In the US, no singles even hit the top 50 despite the album performed well there.

Lauryn Hill- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The success of this debut album from Lauryn Hill was preceded by her big number 1 hit “Doo Wop (That Thing)”. The album went straight to the top going multiplatinum in a number of countries. But no other singles followed the debut single’s success.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (1995-1999)

In music, there are different kinds of styles that are often followed by other artists. As it becomes a trend, new artist will come out in the same genre or style, or even established artists follow suit.

From 1995-1999, there are a lot changes in mainstream music world. Pop music has been dominating the era as new artists came out and putting those established artists behind. Here are some of the trends and cliches from 1995 to 1999.

Female rockers
In 1995, Canadian singer Alanis Morissette dominated the record sales off her hit album “Jagged Little Pill”. With her success, other female artists doing pop/rock released some records. Sheryl Crow may had success with her debut album, but it was just a light album. Her second album sounded edgier apparently in her song “If It Makes You Happy”. On late 1997, Natalie Imbruglia released her first album “Left Off the Middle, and her 1998 single “Big Mistake” sounds like an Alanis song.

Different boybands existed like mushrooms from 1995-1999. Some bands though, failed to attain success. The most popular boyband this era was Backstreet Boys, while in Europe and Asia, Boyzone and others, did well too. In 1999, Irish boyband Westlife scored 3 UK number one hits which led to further successes. NSYNC achieved success in 1999 especially in US.

Girl Power phrase / Girl groups
British girl pop group Spice Girls became the most relevant artist during this era which their success was compared to The Beatles. However, the group took hiatus too early after Geri bidded goodbye. Girl power remains a relevant phrase until now. Girl groups though became a trend too. We heard and seen another UK girl group All Saints. Despite their edgy sound, they followed the Spice Girls as the second top girl group at that time, eventhough the Spice’s success was miles apart from them. Other girl groups who had short success were She Moves, Solid Harmonie, etc.

Movie Soundtrack Hits
Songs from a motion picture has become a trend in 1998 after Celine Dion’s hit from Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On”. Other soundtrack hits whicg followed suit were Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” from “City of Angels”, Marc Anthony and Tina Arena “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You”, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, which became second most successful soundtrack in 1999.

Teen female stars
In 1999, we saw the success of Britney Spears from her album and singles. She eventually became one of the biggest female artist of all-time. After her success, Christina Aguilera topped the charts worldwide too. Then we saw the birth in music of Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore.

Latin music
Latin music became a trend again as we saw Ricky Martin climbs the chart in 1998, and popularity heightened in 1999 with his first English album. We also the success of Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony. All of these three artists achieved success with millions of records sold.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Memorable Lines from Songs: Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette is such a talented singer from Canada. Her songs talks about love, heartbreak and revenge, truth about life and inspirational and motivational words.

You Oughta Know
” I want you to know, that I’m happy for you
I wish nothing but the best for you both”
This is a sarcasm as the girl who’s boyfriends left and dumped her for anoyher girl. This song became one of the most memorable songs about heartbreak.

” Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right”
There are some things happen in our life which we think everything is fine but turning out the other way around.

You’ll Learn
“You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn”
We learn from our experiences either in living, the hurt caused by loving, and the cry it brought in our lives.

” I don’t think you unworthy┬á
I need a moment to deliberate”
There are some people who shows love but we are skeptical to get into it. In the end, you have to think about it before stepping in.

Thank U
“How bout how good it feels to finally forgive you
How bout grieving it all one at a time”
It’s like a reflection and realization of forgiving someone and we are thankful that we did it.

” would be open to spending time with you and finding
out how old you were when you wrote your first song”
It’s a message in a letter to someone you once love but never get to let that person know before

Hands Clean
“If it weren’t for your maturity none of this would have happened
If you weren’t so wise beyond your years I would’ve been able to control myself”
The guy used to be matured either age or mentally. Because of his quality things happened rightfully

“I’ll be your keeper for life as your guardian
I’ll be your warrior of care your first warden”
It’s like a mother telling her child that she will take care and protect his/her for always.

Lyrics from azlyrics.com
Credits to songwriters

Artists With Successful Debut 1995-1999

For many music artists, starting or entering the music industry is very difficult to make a good shot. There were other artists who did very well with their first single but turned out as one-hit wonder. However, there were artists who did very well with this debut single and their album did well too.

Since 1995, there were some artists which did very well with their first albums. Some had maintained their success but not everyone did well in their succeeding releases. Most in the list below were pop artists, do there were those with rock and R&B sound. Pop music just had a major change with bubblegum pop rose to popularity.

Alanis Morissette
Alanis may already had releases back then in her own country, her first album internationally became the biggest selling album by a newcomer. Based on estimates listed in Wikipedia, her debut album “Jagged Little Pill” became a record setter as it sold about 33 million. Her second album went #1 too but due to changes in music landscaped, it sold below than predecessor.

The Fugees
The Fugees is leading the hip-hop scene in 1996 via “The Score” album. It was multi-platinum worldwide when it became one of the biggest sellers in 1996, which was also assisted by their successful cover of “Killing Me Softly”. They haven’t released a follow-up after that.

Spice Girls
Spice Girls led the music scene during this era because of their contribution not just through record sales but also in pop culture. Their debut album “Spice” was believed with sales of 30 million (according to Wikipedia) scored 4 UK number 1s and 3 US top 5s. Their second album was very successful as well, though, it became their last studio album when Geri Halliwell departed from the group.

The Hanson brothers priorly released independent albums but success came in 1997 when their first mainstream album “Middle of Nowhere” went multi-platinum by which its success was attributed to the stellar hit “Mmmbop”. Despite their success, no other albums from them became as successful.

Savage Garden
The Australian duo scored success with debut single “I Want You”, however, bigger succeed came with the ballad “Truly, Madly, Deeply” when it settled to the top. The album then caught up in sales and became one of the top sellers of 1998.

The cartoonish songs and videos of Danish pop group Aqua made them very popular. Apart from “Barbie Girl” which had estimated 8 million in sales helped their first LP “Aquarium” go multi-platinum worldwide. They also had multiple hit songs for the album. However, their second album was just moderately successful.

All Saints
The four-piece British girl group was said to be the rival of Spice Girls, though, success of the Spices was never matched by All Saints. Still, they became successful with their self-titled album which went multi-platinum in UK and Europe. It received a platinum award from RIAA which helped the album’s status after the hit “Never Ever”. Their second album had limited success.

Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia became a household name with her global smash “Torn”. Her album “Left of the Middle” became as successful with platinum and multi-platinum successes elsewhere. It took several years for her to release her second album which was less successful.

Lauryn Hill
Despite the success of The Fugees, the members of the group pursued solo careers like Lauryn Hill did. Her debut album ” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill had multi-million sales which was preceded by her successful hip-hop jam “(Doo Wop) That Thing”. She never released a studio album after that.

Britney Spears
It was 1999 when young female pop artists became popular which was first led by Britney Spears. Her song “…Baby One More Time” was extremely popular as well her album with the same title. The album estimatedly sold 30 million as claimed according to Wikipedia. She became a legend with her prolonged success and her succeeding albums went multi-platinum and had multiple number 1 albums.

Christina Aguilera
Coming from the same genre with Spears when she released her first album, Christina Aguilera was believed as Spears’ closest competitor. Christina never failed as her debut single went to number one worldwide. Her self titled album, according to the number of sales in her website, had sold 17 million which is a hefty amount of records. She had successful album right after too.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez became famous with her single “If You Had My Love” which spent several weeks at number 1. Her album “On the Six” became multi-platinum. She remained successful with all her other albums.

Some facts from Wikipedia

11 Memorable Songs About Cheating

I kept hearing songs from the radio about a guy or even a girl who talks about being cheated and that angst was written down against the cheater. Here are some of the songs which made a mark in music with this theme.

Beyonce- Irreplaceable
Beyonce is sending the man away along with his things and thinking she can replace the cheating man in the song. Oh well, it still hurts though.

Rihanna- Take a Bow
Rihanna hates a lying and giving a standing ovation for acting as the best liar. Well, this song is full of sarcasm for the cheating guy.

Justin Timberlake- Cry Me a River
This could have been believed as written for the then-pop princess Britney Spears. Justin just wants the girl to cry for him too.

Sam Smith- I’m Not the Only One
Sam believes he’s not the one but there’s another one too. It means there are two. Okay, it should be re-titled to “we are two”.

Alanis Morissette- You Oughta Know
Alanis still feels the pain and wants to remind the cheating guy about what he did for going for another girl.

Britney Spears- Womanizer
Britney might have been victimized by a womanizer. But she just made a revenge on the music video, oops!

Christina Perri- Jar of Hearts
How about a guy having a relationship with different women? This song is for you courtesy of Christina Perri for collecting hearts of women.

Taylor Swift- I Knew You Were Trouble
Taylor was known for writing her heartbreaks and this one goes for Harry Styles of the famous boyband One Direction.

Eminem and Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie
This is like another ‘love hurts’ themed track. This is one of the most heartbreaking song written.

Meghan Trainor- Lips are Movin’
Suspicion happens when the guy’s lips are moving. That’s what Meghan believes. Could this be true?

Adele- Rolling in the Deep
This is the most defining heartbreak song I heard. The scars are just so deep when you feel like you are fooled and your heart was crushed.