Monday 5/31/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Alanis Morissette Top 30 Hits

Alanis Morissette born June 1, 1974, a Canadian-American singer-songwriter, comprises nine studio albums, three live albums, six compilation albums, two extended plays, 37 singles, twelve promotional singles, six video albums, and 32 music videos. She has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.

With the stage name of Alanis, she signed a record deal with the Canadian division of MCA Records for two dance-pop albums. The label released her self-titled album (1991), which was certified platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association and earned her a Juno Award, and Now Is the Time (1992), which was less successful. These albums, released only in Canada, are often not mentioned in the media, which tend to consider Jagged Little Pill (1995), released on Maverick Records, as her debut album. Jagged remains one of the most successful albums in music history, holding the record as the best-selling debut album worldwide, the second best-selling album by a female artist (behind Shania Twain’s Come On Over) and having sold more than 33 million copies worldwide. Such hits as “You Oughta Know”, “Hand in My Pocket”, “Ironic”, and “Head over Feet” helped Morissette become the first Canadian woman to top the Billboard 200. Jagged stayed there for 12 weeks and remained in the Top 10 for a year and a half (72 weeks). Between 1996 and 1997 Morissette won four Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, and seven Juno Awards. In addition, Jagged Little Pill, Live earned her another Grammy Award in 1998.

Morissette contributed to the City of Angels soundtrack, writing and performing “Uninvited”. The song was the winner in two categories at the 41st Grammy Awards. Her second album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998 and debuted at number one in the Billboard 200, becoming Morissette’s second consecutive number-one album and, at the time, the fastest-selling album by a female in the United States. Supposed produced four singles: “Thank U”, “Joining You”, “Unsent” and “So Pure”. Morissette herself directed all music videos from the album, except for the controversial “Thank U”. Shortly afterwards, MTV Unplugged (sometimes titled Alanis Unplugged) was released in 1999.

Under Rug Swept (2002), her following release, debuted at number one in 12 countries, including the United States (where it was her third consecutive number-one album), and produced the hit single “Hands Clean”. The album helped Morissette get the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award. Having many leftovers from the Under Rug Swept recording session, Morissette released Feast on Scraps, a CD/DVD package, the same year. So-Called Chaos (2004) debuted at number five on Billboard 200 and was less successful. In 2005, Morissette released The Collection, her first and so far the only greatest hits compilation, and Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, which marked a 10-year anniversary of the original album. Her seventh studio set, Flavors of Entanglement, was released in 2008 and became her last album on Maverick Records. Morissette’s last studio album, Havoc and Bright Lights, was released on August 28, 2012 through Collective Sounds. The album spawned three singles: “Guardian”, “Lens”, and “Receive”.

Morissette released her ninth studio album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, on July 31, 2020. The album’s lead single, “Reasons I Drink”, was released on December 2, 2019.

1Thank U1998
2Hands Clean2002
5You Oughta Know1995
6Head over Feet1996
9Joining You1998
11You Learn1996
12Hand in My Pocket1995
13Precious Illusions2002
15All I Really Want1996
16So Pure1999
20That I Would Be Good2000
21King of Pain2000
22Not as We2008
23Eight Easy Steps2004
24In Praise of the Vulnerable Man2008
25Reasons I Drink2019
30Simple Together2003
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