Isn't it ironic? Alanis Morissette didn't want Ironic on her album, now it's one of her biggest hits

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Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
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  • Alanis revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that she "wasn't that precious" about her popular track, Ironic.
  • The song, which has become one of the singer's biggest hits, was included on her Jagged Little Pill album, but she initially "didn't even want it on the record".
  • Ironic has received lots of criticism over the years for its lyrics which aren't really that ironic. This is also brought up in the Broadway musical created from the Jagged Little Pill album.


Ironic has become one of Alanis Morissette's most popular songs, but the singer has admitted that she "wasn't that precious about it". 

The track was included on the artist's Jagged Little Pill album. In an interview on Rolling Stone's Music Now podcast, Alanis revealed that she "didn't even want it on the record."

"And I remember a lot of people going, 'please, please, please'. And I said, 'okay'," she sighed heavily during the interview. 

According to Alanis, the song was one of the first written for the album but did not follow the same autobiographical route as others. 

"That was one of the first songs that we wrote almost like a demo to get our whistles wet. But people wound up really liking that melody, and I just, I wasn't that precious about it. And I came to realise later that perhaps I should have been."

Though it is a fan favourite, Ironic has received a lot of criticism over the years for its lyrics which aren't really that...ironic. 

According to Rolling Stone, the mockery of the track is included in the hit Broadway musical created from Alanis' Jagged Little Pill album. "That's not irony," one character quips, adding: "That's just, like, shitty."

During the podcast, Alanis laughs off the criticism of the song in the play, agreeing that it's funny "until the next generation wants to kick my ass. Until the next onslaught of shaming." 

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee (Source: Rolling Stone)


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