Everything (Alanis Morissette song)

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Single by Alanis Morissette
from the album So-Called Chaos
ReleasedApril 13, 2004
FormatCD maxi-single
GenreAlternative rock
Length4:36 (album version)
3:30 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Alanis Morissette
Producer(s)Alanis Morissette, John Shanks, Tim Thorney
Alanis Morissette singles chronology
"So Unsexy"
"Out Is Through"
Music video
"Everything" on YouTube

"Everything" is a song written and recorded by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. it was released on April 13, 2004 as the first single from her sixth studio album, So-Called Chaos. The song reached number three on the Canadian Singles Chart and number six in Italy and Spain. Although it reached only number 76 on the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked atop the Adult Alternative Songs chart and climbed to number four on the Adult Top 40. "Everything" also reached the top 20 in Australia, Austria, Norway, and Scotland.

The song was featured in the 2006 film Clerks II, and is included on the soundtrack. The song was also featured in an episode of The WB/The CW show Smallville. A segment of the song was also used as one of the music samples included inside Windows XP Media Center Edition in 2005.

Release and reception[edit]

A heavily edited version of the song was released to radio stations for airplay on February 23, 2004.[1] The radio version removed over 60 seconds of the track by taking the first two lines from the first section of a verse and placing it together with the last two lines from the second section of the verse, effectively removing a whole verse from the album version. The video version of the track endured further edits, with the replacing of the word "asshole" in the opening line to "nightmare."[2]

Upon release in the US, the song received considerable support and airplay from alternative and adult radio stations, peaking within the top 5 and spending 26 non-consecutive weeks on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.[3] Mainstream pop and rock radio stations were less supportive of the track. The song entered Billboard's main Hot 100 chart at number 76, a position it would hold for four weeks, spending a total of nine non-consecutive weeks on the chart.[4] The physical video-enhanced single, however, remains one of the most successful of Morissette's recording career, being certified 4× Platinum by the RIAA on September 30, 2004 for shipment of over 200,000 copies.[5]

The song also peaked within the top 20 of the Canadian, Australian, Italian, Austrian, Norwegian and Scottish singles charts.

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Meiert Avis and was released in March 2004, and features Morissette walking down a road. A man eventually walks up to her and cuts two long pieces of her hair, and when he leaves she is sporting a very short hairstyle; at the time the video was shot Morissette had cut her previously long hair and the scene was shot with her wearing a wig.

The music video is based on and is almost identical to the video for the song "Bonito" by Spanish group Jarabe de Palo, with the same director, Marc Donés. The man that cuts her hair at the beginning of the video is Jarabe de Palo's lead singer, Pau Donés. Three of the people who were seen singing in her "Hands Clean" video also appear who are shown as her dedicated fans. The video peaked at number four on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown. It also features Canadian actor Chris William Martin.

Track listing[edit]

# CD #1 Time
1. "Everything" (radio edit) 3:30
2. "Precious Illusions" (Vancouver Session) 4:32
# CD #2 Time
1. "Everything" (radio edit) 3:30
2. "So Unsexy" (Vancouver Session) 5:03
3. "Everything" (Vancouver Session) 4:42
"Everything" (video)


Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 15
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[8] 4
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[9] 6
Brazil (ABPD)[10] 15
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[11] 3
France (SNEP)[12] 63
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 29
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 26
Italy (FIMI)[15] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 43
Norway (VG-lista)[17] 17
Poland (LP3)[18] 5
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 19
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[20] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 22
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 76
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[24] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[25] 4


  1. ^ Ask Billboard – "You Oughta Know" Billboard.com. Published: January 21, 2004
  2. ^ Alanis Morissette laughs off her display of 'nudity' Archived 2008-06-09 at the Wayback Machine. CTV.ca coverage of the Juno Awards. Published: April 4, 2004.
  3. ^ "Everything" last placement on Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart, October 02, 2004. Billboard.com. Retrieved: April 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Everything" chart runs on aCharts.us aCharts.us. Retrieved: April 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "Everything" Video Single 4x Platinum Certification RIAA.com. Retrieved: 7th April 2009.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Alanis Morissette – Everything". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Alanis Morissette – Everything" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Alanis Morissette – Everything" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Alanis Morissette – Everything" (in French). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  11. ^ "Alanis Moriseette Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Alanis Morissette – Everything" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Alanis Morissette – Everything". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  14. ^ "Chart Track: Week 20, 2005". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Alanis Morissette – Everything". Top Digital Download.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Alanis Morissette – Everything" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Alanis Morissette – Everything". VG-lista.
  18. ^ "Notowanie nr1162". LP3 (in Polish). May 7, 2004. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  20. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Alanis Morissette – Everything" Canciones Top 50.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Alanis Morissette – Everything". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  23. ^ "Alanis Morissette Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  24. ^ "Alanis Morissette Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  25. ^ "Alanis Morissette Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 9, 2019.

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