Will Alanis Morissette Ever Get Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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Alanis Morissette: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Facts
Eligible Since: 2017
Finalist: Never
Grammy Awards/Nominations: 7/14
Career Top 40 Hits: 4
Essential Tracks: You Oughta Know, Hand in My Pocket, Ironic, Right Through You, You Learn, All I Really Want, Uninvited, Thank U, Joining You, Unsent, That I Would Be Good, Hands Clean
Essential Albums: Jagged Little Pill (1995), Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998), Under Rug Swept (2002)

In 1995, at age 21, Alanis Morissette released one of the most successful and enduring albums in rock history. Jagged Little Pill produced numerous hit singles, sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, and earned acclaim for being bold, emotional, fresh, and powerful, both musically and lyrically.

Jagged Little Pill was far from the only noteworthy accomplishment in Morissette’s career, but it’s certainly her crowning achievement.

Alanis influenced a generation of performers, especially female singer-songwriters, who came after her. Might she someday earn induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Let’s consider her chances.

Alanis Morissette’s Rock Hall Credentials

It’s hard to fully convey just how big Jagged Little Pill was. Thanks to its scorching lead single “You Oughta Know” and the infectious mid-tempo follow-up “Hand in My Pocket,” the album reached #1 in late 1995, ultimately spending 12 weeks in the top position.

As subsequent smash singles followed – “Ironic,” “You Learn,” “Head Over Feet” – the album spent a preposterous 72 weeks in the Top 10 on the album chart. That’s an entire year and a half!

Co-written with producer Glen Ballard, the album featured a number of highlights among its non-singles as well. They include the ballad “Perfect,” harder-edged tracks like “Right Through You,” and the a cappella hidden track “Your House.”

Alanis skyrocketed to the next level of success at the 1996 Grammy Awards, when she won four trophies, including Album of the Year, when she beat out Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and Pearl Jam in an upset.

She also delivered one of the greatest Grammy performances of all-time, turning the loud, forceful rock song into a moody, dramatic piano ballad, while also refusing to censor the track’s controversial F-word.

The venom of “You Oughta Know,” and other vengeful lyrics like the “Right Through You” barb, “You scan the credits for your name / And wonder why it’s not there,” got Alanis slapped with the “angry rocker chick” label.

But she was so much more than that stereotype. Her lyrics revealed her to be thoughtful, sensitive, and funny. The “Ironic” music video revealed her playful side, as she played four different characters in a moving car.

Morissette’s success continued with the ballad “Uninvited” from the City of Angels soundtrack, followed by the album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie and its twinkly lead single “Thank U.”

The rest of that album remains underrated, as it didn’t produce any additional major hits, despite the pretty balladry of “That I Would Be Good” and the unique concept of “Unsent,” a series of unsent letters written to past flames.

The self-produced 2002 album Under Rug Swept spawned only one moderate hit, “Hands Clean,” but it holds up as an engaging album. Give “21 Things I Want in a Lover” and “Narcissus” a listen if you haven’t heard them in awhile.

Morissette’s commercial success dropped off badly in the 2000s, though she has occasionally continued to release new music. Her 2020 album Such Pretty Forks in the Road produced a terrific single, “Reasons I Drink,” which deserved to be a bigger hit.

Morissette was already inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and Jagged Little Pill was even turned into a Broadway musical.

Her lasting influence on popular music is obvious. Morissette’s music resonated with all kinds of people, but it especially connected with young women. Artists like Lorde, Billie Eilish, Fiona Apple, and Pink have all borrowed from various parts of Morissette’s persona and musical style. Avril Lavigne borrowed some of her vocal phrasings.

Taylor Swift invited Alanis to perform with her on stage. Katy Perry said Jagged Little Pill changed her life. Even Beyonce surprisingly included “You Oughta Know” in her 2010 Grammy performance of “If I Were a Boy.”

The legacy of her smash album, and the fact that she influenced so many popular artists who came after her, should make Alanis Morissette a strong contender for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Case Against Alanis Morissette

Morissette had a massive peak, but it was short-lived. Jagged Little Pill was the biggest album in the world for two years. Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie had a short run. And that was basically it for her commercial success.

She achieved only four Top 40 hits in the U.S., though that was partly because she emerged in an era when Billboard did not allow radio-only singles to chart – that kept “You Oughta Know,” “Hand in my Pocket,” and “Uninvited” from hitting the Hot 100.

There’s another reason Alanis may have difficulty getting voted into the Hall. She was scheduled to perform at the 2022 Rock Hall induction ceremony, dueting with Olivia Rodrigo on “You’re So Vain” as a tribute to Carly Simon.

But she dropped out before the performance, issuing a statement that referenced “an environment that reduces women,” but didn’t quite clarify her exact reasons for changing her mind.

It wasn’t clear if something specific happened to her during rehearsals, or if she simply had a change of heart after thinking more about the Rock Hall or the industry itself.

In any case, it’s hard to imagine the Rock Hall inducting someone in the near future who forcefully spoke out against the institution. And it’s not clear if Alanis would even want the honor at this point.

The Verdict: Will Alanis Morissette Ever Get Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Like Carly Simon and Carole King, Morissette will probably have to wait decades to get inducted. It’s not likely to happen soon, especially in the aftermath of her comments in 2022.

She will probably get in eventually. Hall leadership will change, new voters will come aboard, and they will someday realize that keeping Morissette out is an unforgivable snub.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Alanis Morissette
Odds of Getting Inducted Next Year: 1%
Odds of Getting Inducted in the Next Five Years: 8%
Odds of Getting Inducted Eventually: 60%

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Last Updated on February 19, 2024

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