Ironic (song)

“Ironic”
A barefoot white-skined woman is sitting on a big chair with armrests. She rests her right foot on the left armrest, while she crosses her left leg in front of her body. The background is white, and the words "Alanis", "Morissette" and "Ironic" are written in red letters at the upper right corner.
unmarried by Alanis Morissette
from the album Jagged Little Pill
Released February 27, 1996 ( North America)
8 April 1996 ( Europe)
Format certificate of deposit single

Reading: Ironic (song)

, maxi unmarried, cassette

genre Pop rock
Length 3:44
label maverick
Writer ( second ) Alanis Morissette, Glen Ballard
manufacturer Glen Ballard
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Ironic “ is a sung written by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard, and produced by Ballard, for Morissette ‘s third album Jagged Little Pill ( 1995 ). It was released as the album ‘s fourth single in 1996. The sung received a Grammy Award nominating speech for criminal record of the year in 1997. [ 1 ]

Writing and composing

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“ ironic ” was written by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard, and produced by the latter. [ 2 ] In an interview with Christopher Walsh of Billboard, Ballard explained how he and Morissette met, and how “ Ironic ” was wrote. He commented “ I ‘m telling you, within 15 minutes we were at it—just publish. ‘Ironic ‘ was the third base song we wrote. Oh God, we were barely having playfulness. I thought ‘I do n’t know what this is—what genre it is—who knows ? It ‘s fair good ‘ ”. [ 3 ] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, it is a pop rock birdcall, [ 4 ] set in the fourth dimension signature of common time, composed in a chasten tempo of eighty-two beats per infinitesimal. [ 5 ] It is set in the identify of B major and it starts with the sequence of Emaj7–F♯6–Emaj7–F♯6, as its chord progress, but then it turns to F♯–A♯–Badd2–F♯–A♯–G♯m7. [ 5 ]

linguistic custom disputes

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The song ‘s use of the news “ dry ” attracted attention for what some think is an improper lotion of the term. [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ] Two situations that Morissette describes in the song are arguably examples of cosmic irony : events that, as the Oxford English Dictionary puts it, appear “ as if in jeer of the fitness or appropriateness of things ”, such as “ a death rowing pardon/two minutes besides late ”. The lexical item “ Ironic ” is referred to its semantic mean ; “ expressing irony ” ( Quirk, 1987, p. 558 ) and “ irony ” defined as : 1 : habit of words which are distinctly antonym to one ‘s mean to be amusing or to show annoyance. 2 : a run of events or a circumstance which has the opposite result from what is expected ( Quirk, 1987, p. 558 ). The title besides provides the best directions for the subscriber as to how the text should be read by acting as a restraint on electric potential interpretations or schema instantiation. Morissette has besides confirmed that she is a self-dubbed “ malapropism queen ” and alleges that the sung was lighthearted and not taken besides badly at the clock time it was written : [ 9 ]

For me the great debate on whether what I was saying in ‘Ironic’ was ironic wasn’t a traumatic debate. I’d always embraced the fact that every once in a while I’d be the malapropism queen. And when Glen and I were writing it, we definitely were not doggedly making sure that everything was technically ironic. It’s a testament to the fact that we didn’t think it was going to be put under the microscope by 30 million people. For me the sweetest moment came in New York when a woman came up to me in a record store and said, ‘So all those things in the “Ironic” aren’t ironic.’ And then she said, ‘And that’s the irony.’ I said, ‘Yup.’ To me it’s a real snapshot of a nineteen-year-old’s definition and version of how life worked at the time. All that ‘Ironic’ touches on spawned all my future inquiries into and current understandings of the mysteries of life.

It is worth noting that both lines of the refrain, Isn’t it ironic / Don’t you think?, are ironic in the strictest literary sense. irish comedian Ed Byrne has performed a skit in which he jokingly attacks the sung for its miss of ironies : “ The only ironic thing about that song is it ‘s called ‘Ironic ‘ and it ‘s written by a woman who does n’t know what sarcasm is. That ‘s quite dry. ” Byrne then tries to give the sung ‘the benefit of the doubt ‘ by coming up with scenarios where the assorted inauspicious incidents, mentioned in the song, actually would represent irony. [ 10 ] popular satirists Berger and Wyse besides parodied the sung in their cartoon clean The Pitchers. In an sequence where superhero Irony Man ( a pun on Iron Man ) likens his superpowers to lyrics from Morissette ‘s song, causing his cohorts to rename him “ The Man from Alanis “ ( a pun on The serviceman from Atlantis ). [ 11 ] In December 2009 the comedy web site College Humor released a spoof video recording of the sung amending the lyrics so they would be appropriately ironic. [ 12 ]

reception

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critical answer

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Jaime Gill from Dot Music commented on the original interpretation of “ Ironic ”, on his recapitulation of Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, that “ [ Jagged Little Pill ] … gave us pop ‘s greatest parlor game … [ it ] has always been a pretty and catchy song ”. But he late criticized the lyrics, calling them “ idiots ”, and giving a positive review to the acoustic interpretation saying : “ it actually sounds more relax and engaging without the hoary loud guitars of the original ”. [ 13 ] even though Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic marked the track as one highlight of the album, [ 14 ] in a distinguish review, from the like web site, the certificate of deposit single release was rated with two-and-a-half out of five stars. [ 4 ] Jon Pareles of The New York Times noted that in verses of “ Ironic ”, and another song from the album [ “ Mary Jane ” ], “ it ‘s easy to envision Morissette on the phase of a baseball club, singing dry couplets backed by acoustic guitar ”. [ 15 ] Dave Brecheisen of PopMatters wrote that in the acoustic version of “ Ironic ”, Morissette “ surprising made [ it ] worse ”. [ 16 ] The individual was nominated in 1997 at the 39th Grammy Awards, in the category of record of the Year. [ 17 ] [ 18 ]

Chart performance

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“ ironic ” debuted on the canadian RPM Singles Chart at count ninety-five on the consequence dated January 8, 1996. [ 19 ] Twelve weeks former the track topped the chart, on April 1, 1996, [ 20 ] staying there for six weeks, [ 21 ] being replaced by “ Closer to Free ” by american band BoDeans. [ 22 ] Spending twenty-nine weeks within the top 100, it was end seen on July 22, 1996, at number eighty-one. [ 23 ] On other RPM charts, the one topped the Alternative 30 Chart and reached the number six on the Adult Contemporary Chart. [ 24 ] [ 25 ] The chase debuted at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest introduction of the issue ending March 16, 1996. [ 26 ] The single finally reached its flower position, at number four, on April 13, 1996. [ 27 ] “ Ironic ” is presently Morissette highest-charting strike on the Hot 100 chart. [ 28 ] In early US charts, the single became her moment number-one hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks, [ 29 ] where it stayed for three weeks. [ 26 ] [ 30 ] [ 31 ] The sung topped the Mainstream Top 40, reached the number five on the Adult Top 40 and twenty-eight of the Adult Contemporary chart. [ 32 ] In Australia, the song debuted at number forty on their singles chart. [ 33 ] On its one-eighth workweek, it peaked at number three on May 12, 1996, where it stayed for two weeks. It was last seen on the graph on July 21, 1996, at number thirty-seven. To date, “ Ironic ” is her biggest hit on the state. [ 33 ] In european countries the sung was well-received. In the United Kingdom “ Ironic ” debuted and peaked at number eleven, on April 20, 1996. It left the graph eight weeks late, at number sixty-seven. [ 34 ] At the norwegian Singles Charts, it debuted at number eighteen, soaring to number seventeen the next week. It rose to issue five on its third week, and later peaked at phone number four, staying there for five weeks. It later dropped one place, and remained there for another two weeks. “ ironic ” keep within the chart for seventeen weeks. [ 35 ] In Belgium, it reached the one-sixth place on the Ultratop 50 ( Flanders region ), and the ninth topographic point on the Ultratop 40 ( Wallonia partition ). [ 36 ] [ 37 ]

early versions

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The pop-punk set Four year firm covered the song in their 90 ‘s cover album “ Explains It All. ” In 2004 Morissette amended a lyric as a show of her defend for same-sex marriage : [ 38 ]

“It’s meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful husband”

She first sang the line at the fifteenth annual GLAAD Media Awards in March 2004. [ 39 ] She recorded an acoustic version of the song with the amended lyric for an single iTunes Music Store acquittance. Another acoustic version was recorded for the album Jagged Little Pill Acoustic ( 2005 ), and another for the Cities 97 Sampler Volume 16 ( 2004 ). The song was besides performed in a duet with Avril Lavigne, at the House of Blues, in 2005. [ 40 ]

music video

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The single ‘s television was released in January 1996 and received heavy rotation on MTV and VH1 in the US. It was directed by Stéphane Sednaoui and features Morissette driving a dark bluing 1977 Lincoln Mark V through a winter landscape. She besides plays her passengers : one in a park perspirer riding in the back seat ; one in a jaundiced sweater with braid hair’s-breadth, besides in the binding seat ; and one in a crimson sweater in the front passenger buttocks. At the end of the video recording, the car stalls and Morissette, as the driver, exits but her passengers are nowhere to be seen. The video was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards in 1996 and it won three : “ Best female Video ”, “ Best New Artist ”, and “ Best edit ”. It was nominated in 1997 for Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. In late 1996 a parody translation of the video was released featuring a young girl, Allison Rheaume, who mimics Morissette ‘s actions and wardrobe while lip syncing to the original song. At the end, a man ( presumably her don ) notices her in the car sitting in the driveway and tells her to stop horse around about. This interpretation of the video, directed by David Rheaume, [ 41 ] received mild airplay as a novelty on VH1 and was, for a clock, the only video for “ Ironic ” available for viewing in Yahoo ! ‘s LAUNCHcast music video library. It was included on the Morissette CD/DVD The Collection ( 2005 ). besides, “ wyrd Al ” Yankovic produced a parody version of the video, for Canada ‘s MuchMusic, in which he takes the topographic point of the fourth version of Morissette in the front passenger seat. In the 1996 novel Naive. Super by norwegian writer Erlend Loe, the supporter watches the video for “ Ironic ” on television and dreams about “ meeting an Alanis-girl and living in a house together with her. ”

track list

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Personnel

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  • Alanis Morissette – vocals, manufacturer, writer
  • Glen Ballard

    – producer, writer, piano

  • Chris Chaney – acoustic bass guitar
  • Chris Forgel – mixing
  • taylor Hawkins – drums
  • Suzie Katayama – strings
  • Nick Lashley – acoustic guitar
  • David Moncrieffe – assistant engineer
  • Renato Petruzziello – engineer
  • Katia Popov – strings
  • Karie Prescott – strings
  • Michele Richards – strings
  • Jesse Tobias – acoustic guitar

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Charts

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weekly charts

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Chart (1996) Peak
position
australian Singles Chart[33] 3
belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[36] 6
belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[37] 9
Canadian RPM Top Singles[20] 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[25] 6
Canadian RPM Alternative 30[24] 1
Dutch Top 40[44] 6
french Singles Chart[45] 16
german Singles Chart[46] 8
New Zealand Singles Chart[47] 3
norwegian Singles Chart[35] 4
swedish Singles Chart[48] 24
swiss Singles Chart[49] 9
UK Singles Chart[34] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[32] 4
US Adult Contemporary[32] 28
US Adult Top 40[32] 5
US Mainstream Top 40 ( Pop Songs )[32] 1
US Modern Rock Tracks[32] 1

year-end charts

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Chart (1996) Position
Australian Singles Chart[50] 25
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[51] 31
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[52] 45
Canadian RPM Top Singles[53] 2
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[54] 37
Canadian RPM Alternative Chart[55] 5
Dutch Top 40[56] 39
Swiss Singles Chart[57] 51
US Billboard Hot 100[58] 13

Certifications

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Region (provider) Certifications
United States ( RIAA) Gold[59]

See besides

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