The Real Story of
Alanis Morissette’s
“Jagged Little Pill”

Spotify Landmark is the story behind some of the greatest moments in music, told by the people who made them.

Each show blends intimate interviews with artists, producers, industry figures and celebrities to create a listening history of legendary albums, concerts and events.

Landmark 7: Alanis Morissette “Jagged Little Pill”

Originally released in June of 1995, Alanis Morissette’s intensely confessional work went on to become one of the biggest-selling albums of the decade, creating a new paradigm for the female singer-songwriter.

Arriving in LA after a period of teen-pop stardom in her native Canada, Alanis started working with producer Glen Ballard with no expectations; their unique collaboration yielded 20 songs over the course of 20 working days. After rejections from a series of label executives, Guy Oseary, a young A&R person working for Madonna’s Maverick Records, took to it immediately. Alanis’ resulting videos and extensive touring helped cement the album’s place in the pop culture firmament.

For the 20th anniversary of JLP, Alanis has dug into the archives to deliver “Jagged Little Pill: Collector’s Edition,” the deluxe version of which features four discs, including an acoustic version of the album, a live show and demos from her original sessions with Glen.

For this Landmark, Alanis and Glen each sat down to take us through the making of this classic album, and talked about the impact it’s had on their art and lives.

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Credits: Produced by Sandy Smallens