G.O.A.T.: Ironic by Alanis Morissette (1995)


THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a salute to the greatest songs of all time, one song per artist. Want more? Go to the G.O.A.T. Page for all the GOATs so far!

Jagged Little Pill is one of the best alternative albums of the 1990s, spawning half a dozen singles and full of lyrics that positively burn with insight and searing pain.  This song, one of my personal favorites, spawned intellectual debates as far and wide as The New York Times on the true definition of the word, “ironic.”  The Grammies didn’t care, and nominated the song for record of the year. Ed Byrne had some fun with it, though…

Further listening: Thank U, Hand in My Pocket, You Oughta Know

Covers: Not many have the guts to take on Alanis, but of course Weird Al was up to the challenge.




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