After releasing two modestly successful dance-pop albums in the early 1990s in her home country of Canada, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette changed direction, moving more into a post-grunge alternative vibe infused with a healthy dose of sarcasm. The resulting project, Jagged Little Pill, not only launched Morissette onto the worldwide stage, but also snagged the record for best-selling international debut ever, selling a whopping 33 million copies–a record that still stands today.
The third single from that album, “Ironic,” was carried by the momentum of the first two singles (“You Oughta Know” and “Hand In My Pocket,” respectively), and went on to become Morissette’s overall best-known and best-selling single to date. Standing as an anthem for the 90s, “Ironic” struck a nerve with many, seeming to epitomize and encapsulate the angst of the emerging postmodern generation. Now nearly 20 years old, the song still resonates as an indelible part of rock music history. Enjoy!