Ironic (3:49)

Cover of Jagged Little Pill

From Jagged Little Pill and 46 other releases

“Ironic” is a song 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.

Musically, the song is a glossy take on a basic grunge music format with delicate, sparsely-instrumented verses alternating with loud, aggressive chorus sections. Lyrically, it comprises a series of vignettes describing situations that end with the question “Isn’t it ironic?”

Because “Ironic” was Morissette’s first single to be given a commercial release in the United States, it was eligible to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached number four. As of 2008, it was her highest-peaking single in the US. “Ironic” became Morissette’s third number-one hit on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart and her first on the Top 40 Mainstream chart and received frequent rotation on Adult Top 40 radio stations. It reached the Top Ten in Germany and peaked just outside the Top Ten in the United Kingdom, becoming Morissette’s first top twenty hit there.

“Ironic”, which contains a reference to a plane crash (…”and as the plane crashed down, he thought, ‘well, isn’t this nice?’”), was on the list of songs deemed inappropriate by Clear Channel following the September 11, 2001 attacks, and subsequently left off the set list during her 2002 tour.

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  • md1163

    don't you think...

    Yesterday 10:36am Reply
  • upinflames

    "I like the song, but 95% of the situations she describes here aren't really ironic." I know. Isn't that ironic? [7]

    6 Sep 4:30pm Reply
  • arciboldo

    nonpiace

    3 Sep 8:19pm Reply
  • AlineCalera_

    <33

    31 Aug 12:03am Reply
  • secondbench

    "I like the song, but 95% of the situations she describes here aren't really ironic." I know. Isn't that ironic? [6]

    11 Aug 11:52am Reply
  • tigerwolf1

    It's like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife...it's meeting the man of your dreams, then meeting his beautiful wife...

    29 Jul 5:02pm Reply
  • Beckalemmatron

    This song makes me cry, reminds me of my mother. (Was one of her favourite songs)

    22 Jul 1:57am Reply
  • hf1809

    aha good this song

    9 Jul 5:12pm Reply
  • lensoo

    Piękne lata 90s jak leciało to w TV <3 :) Ehhh... wspomnienia :)

    25 Jun 6:00pm Reply
  • Britch2

    HINO

    8 Jun 3:22am Reply
  • LanaDuques

    love it

    5 Jun 11:58pm Reply
  • scream1008

    I think the most ironic line is the closing "life has a funny way of helping you out," because she just spent a whole song discussing various ways life screws you over.

    16 Apr 4:49am Reply
  • Krisztian6

    "I like the song, but 95% of the situations she describes here aren't really ironic." I know. Isn't that ironic? [5] Don't you think?

    3 Apr 11:26pm Reply
  • senkaxx

    classic [3]

    20 Feb 10:08am Reply
  • AnreteaXul

    "I like the song, but 95% of the situations she describes here aren't really ironic." I know. Isn't that ironic? [4]

    14 Feb 3:07pm Reply
  • bruno__alves

    classic [2]

    9 Feb 7:12pm Reply
  • Santigne

    9 Feb 12:32am Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    8 Feb 6:14pm Reply
  • userabc123

    Karma?

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • parttimeotaku

    "I like the song, but 95% of the situations she describes here aren't really ironic." I know. Isn't that ironic? [3]

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
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