Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette


Summary

Jagged Little Pill is the third studio album and international debut album by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. It was released on June 13, 1995, through Maverick Records, and was her first album released internationally. Her first studio album after a three-year hiatus and split from MCA Records, Jagged Little Pill was co-written with the album's producer, Glen Ballard, who introduced a pop sensibility to Morissette's bitter angst. The record produced six successful singles, including "You Oughta Know", "Ironic", "You Learn", "Hand in My Pocket", and "Head over Feet".

Morissette began work on the album after moving from her hometown of Ottawa to Toronto, but did not make much progress until travelling to Los Angeles, where she met Ballard. The album was a worldwide success, topping the charts in ten countries, including the UK, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, and the Netherlands; it was number one in her native Canada for 24 weeks, as well as number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 for 13 non-consecutive weeks. By 2009, the album had sold over 33 million units/copies worldwide, and was ranked among top 100 on many countries' best-selling records of all time lists. Billboard further ranked the album as the number one Best Selling Pop album of the 1990s.

Jagged Little Pill received acclaim from music critics, with many praising the album's talent and lyrical content. The album was nominated for a total of nine Grammy Awards, of which Morissette won five, including: Best Rock Album; Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song for "You Oughta Know"; and Album of the Year, making her, at age 21, the youngest artist in history to win the honor--a record she held for 14 years until Taylor Swift won for her album Fearless at age 20. Morissette also received Grammy nominations for Song of the Year (for "You Oughta Know") and Best New Artist.

The album received many accolades. In October 2002, Rolling Stone ranked it number 31 on its Women In Rock - The 50 Essential Albums list, and in 2003 the magazine ranked it number 327 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The album also appears on the National Association of Recording Merchandisers' "Definitive 200" list at number 26. The album ranked at number 50 on Rolling Stones 2012 list of "Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time".