Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know - 1995

Alanis Morissette - "You Oughta Know" (1995)

Alanis Morissette's song "You Oughta Know" from 1995 marked a significant moment in music history. This song, featured on her album "Jagged Little Pill," became a defining track of the 90s and played a crucial role in shaping the genre of alternative rock. Its raw emotion and candid lyrics captivated audiences worldwide, making it an anthem for those experiencing heartbreak and betrayal.

Background and Release

"You Oughta Know" was released as the lead single from Alanis Morissette's third studio album, "Jagged Little Pill." The song was co-written by Morissette and Glen Ballard, who also produced the album. Upon its release, it quickly gained traction for its raw emotion and candid depiction of post-breakup feelings.

Music Style and Lyrics

The song is known for its aggressive tone and explicit lyrics, which was a departure from Morissette's previous two albums. It incorporates elements of rock and post-grunge, with a prominent guitar riff and intense vocals. The lyrics are direct and confrontational, expressing deep anger and hurt from a past relationship.

Impact and Legacy

"You Oughta Know" was a commercial success, topping various charts worldwide. It won two Grammy Awards and helped "Jagged Little Pill" sell over 33 million copies globally. The song's unapologetic tone and emotional depth resonated with many listeners, particularly women, and it's often credited with paving the way for more female artists in the alternative rock genre.

  1. Alanis Morissette
  2. Jagged Little Pill
  3. 1990s Music
  4. Alternative Rock
  5. Grammy Awards

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

In what year was "You Oughta Know" released? (1995) (!1994) (!1996) (!1997)

Who co-wrote "You Oughta Know" with Alanis Morissette? (Glen Ballard) (!Dave Navarro) (!Rick Nowels) (!Taylor Hawkins)

What album features "You Oughta Know"? (Jagged Little Pill) (!Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie) (!Under Rug Swept) (!So-Called Chaos)

How many Grammy Awards did "You Oughta Know" win? (2) (!1) (!3) (!None)

What genre does "You Oughta Know" primarily belong to? (Alternative Rock) (!Pop) (!Country) (!R&B)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Alanis Morissette's nationality? (Canadian) (!American) (!British) (!Australian)

Before "Jagged Little Pill," how many albums had Alanis Morissette released? (2) (!1) (!3) (!4)

In which decade did Alanis Morissette start her music career? (1990s) (!1980s) (!2000s) (!2010s)

What is the theme of most songs on "Jagged Little Pill"? (Personal struggles and growth) (!Party and fun) (!Political activism) (!Love and romance)

Apart from being a singer, what other profession is Alanis Morissette known for? (Actress) (!Dancer) (!Painter) (!Writer)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

The lyrics of "You Oughta Know" express feelings of... (Anger and betrayal) (!Joy and happiness) (!Indifference) (!Confusion)

Which line from "You Oughta Know" has become iconic? ("And I'm here, to remind you") (!"It's not fair, to deny me") (!"You, you, you oughta know") (!"Is she perverted like me?")

In "You Oughta Know," the singer addresses... (A former lover) (!A friend) (!Her parents) (!Herself)

The style of the lyrics in "You Oughta Know" is best described as... (Direct and confrontational) (!Subtle and poetic) (!Whimsical and lighthearted) (!Abstract and mysterious)

A unique aspect of "You Oughta Know" lyrics is its... (Explicit content) (!Romantic language) (!Nature imagery) (!Historical references)


Alanis Morissette Canadian Singer-Songwriter
Jagged Little Pill Album Featuring "You Oughta Know"
1995 Year of Release for "You Oughta Know"
Glen Ballard Co-writer of "You Oughta Know"
Grammy Awards Awards Won by "You Oughta Know"

Open Tasks


  1. Explore Different Music Genres: Listen to songs from various genres and compare them to "You Oughta Know". How does the emotion and style differ?
  2. Write a Reflection: Write a short paragraph on how "You Oughta Know" might have impacted the music scene in the 1990s.
  3. Create a Playlist: Make a playlist of songs that you think share the same mood or theme as "You Oughta Know".


  1. Analyze the Lyrics: Dive into the lyrics of "You Oughta Know" and discuss the themes of anger and betrayal.
  2. Research on Alanis Morissette: Find out more about Alanis Morissette’s career before and after "Jagged Little Pill".
  3. Compare and Contrast: Compare "You Oughta Know" to another hit song from the 1990s. Discuss the similarities and differences.


  1. Create Your Own Song: Write your own song inspired by "You Oughta Know," focusing on raw emotions and personal experiences.
  2. Debate the Impact: Organize a debate on how "You Oughta Know" influenced female representation in alternative rock.
  3. Critical Analysis: Write an essay analyzing the cultural impact of "You Oughta Know" in the context of 1990s music.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Evolution: Talk about how "You Oughta Know" might have influenced modern music genres.
  2. Emotional Connection: Discuss why songs with strong emotional content, like "You Oughta Know," resonate with listeners.
  3. Gender in Music: Debate the role "You Oughta Know" played in changing perceptions of gender in music.
  4. Lyrical Analysis: Analyze how the lyrical style of "You Oughta Know" differs from traditional songwriting.
  5. Music and Society: Discuss how "You Oughta Know" reflected or influenced societal attitudes in the 1990s.

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