Birthday Breakdown: Top 10 Alanis Morissette Songs

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When [lastfm]Alanis Morissette[/lastfm] released her infamous 1995 album Jagged Little Pill, she was a conflicted, angst-ridden young woman in her early ’20s. Turning 37-years-old today and almost sixteen years after Jagged Little Pill‘s release, both Morissette and her lyrics have matured immensely.

In honor of Morissette’s 37th birthday, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Alanis Morissette Songs from her complete discography.

10. “Head Over Feet”

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1995’s Jagged Little Pill had a ton of hits, one being her sweet love song (and antithesis of “You Oughta Know”), “Head Over Feet.”

9. “Hand In My Pocket”

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Another song from Jagged Little Pill, “Hand In My Pocket” is a perfect song describing the conflicts of youth and deciding what to do and which way to go.

8. “Knees Of My Bees”

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From her 2004 album So-Called Chaos, “Knees of My Bees” utilizes philosophical, poetic lyrics with Eastern instruments but Morissette’s same cheeky rock ‘n roll attitude.

7. “So Unsexy”

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Morissette’s 2002 album Under Rug Swept hasn’t a chart-topping hit, but the album showed Morissette digging deep into her psyche and psychoanalyzing her anger–rather than just going straight for the vindication.

6. “All I Really Want”

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Like a classic Gemini, Morissette’s song “All I Really Want” from Jagged Little Pill describes the conflicting nature of her dark and light sides.

5. “Everything”

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From 2004’s So Called Chaos, nine years after Jagged Little Pill and “All I Really Want” it seems that Morissette has found the “patience” to calm the “angry voice.”

You see everything/You see every part/You see all my light/And you love my dark/You dig everything/Of which I’m ashamed/There’s not anything to which you can’t relate/And you’re still here/And You’re still here…

4. “You Oughta Know”

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The most infamous song from 1995’s Jagged Little Pill, Morissette encapsulated the angst of a whole generation of people in one short song.

3. “21 Things I Want In A Lover”

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In 2002’s Under Rug Swept, Morissette does a tongue-in-cheek analysis of all the things she might (or might not) want from a lover.

2. “Thank U”

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After a spiritual trip to India, Morissette wrote 1998’s Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, including the song “Thank U.” The song changed the public’s perception of the once angry young woman.

1. “Ironic”

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Out of all of Morissette’s songs, Jagged Little Pill‘s “Ironic” is still the most oft-heard, oft-quoted of the bunch. Morissette’s improper usage of the word “ironic” even completely changed the true definition of “ironic” in pop culture usage.

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