“Ironic” is a song by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette.
It was released in February 1996 as the third single from her third studio album, Jagged Little Pill (1995).
It was written by Morissette and Glen Ballard, and was produced by him.
“Ironic” is a song written in the key of B major, and includes a moderate tempo of eighty-five beats per minute.
The lyrics present several situations that are described as “ironic”; this has led to debate whether any of these actually match the accepted meaning of irony.
For six weeks, the track topped the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart.
It also reached the top five in Australia, New Zealand, and Norway.
In the United States, the song reached number four on April 13, 1996, and since then it has been her highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Ironic” was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The song won the Juno Award for Single of the Year, and received two Grammy Award nominations in 1997, for Record of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video.
French director Stéphane Sednaoui filmed the music video.
In it, Morissette drives through a winter landscape, and she plays multiple roles as her passengers.
MTV nominated the music video for six MTV Video Music Awards in 1996, winning three of them.
The music video was listed on VH1’s “Greatest Music Videos” list and was parodied by DBA Flip, Allison Rheaume, Rusty and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
“Ironic” was written by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard, and produced by the latter for her third studio album, Jagged Little Pill (1995).
In an interview with Christopher Walsh of Billboard, Ballard explained how he and Morissette met, and how “Ironic” was written.
He commented: “I’m telling you, within 15 minutes we were at it— just writing.
‘Ironic’ was the third song we wrote.
Oh God, we were just having fun.
I thought, ‘I don’t know what this is—what genre it is—who knows?
It’s just good’”.
According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com, it is a song set in the time signature of common time, composed in a moderate tempo of eighty-two beats per minute.
It is set in the key of B major with Morissette’s vocal range from the tone of E5 to B♭5, and “Ironic” chord progression starts with the sequence of Emaj7–F♯6–Emaj7–F♯6, before changing to F♯–Badd9–F♯–G♯m7 in the chorus.
Ironic from the album “Jagged Little Pill”
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