Uninvited (song)

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Uninvited single cover.jpg
Promotional material by Alanis Morissette from the album City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture
Released 24 February 1998
Format Radio single
Label Maverick
Writer(s) Alanis Morissette
Producer(s) Alanis Morissette, Rob Cavallo

"Uninvited" is a song by Canadian-American recording artist and songwriter Alanis Morissette, released as a single from the soundtrack of City of Angels in March 1998, becoming Morissette's first new recording since her international debut album. After the release of her breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill (1995) Morissette was considered one of the biggest music stars, and many fans anxiously awaited a follow-up album. Morissette wrote the song, whilst the production was handled by Morissette herself and Rob Cavallo. "Uninvited" is driven by four piano notes and builds to an instrumental climax, and haunting atmosphere accompanied by cryptic lyrics.

Background and release[edit]

After the massive success of her breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill (1995) (which spawned the worldwide hits, "You Oughta Know", "Ironic", "Head over Feet" and "You Learn"), Morissette was considered one of the biggest music stars in the world, and many fans anxiously awaited a follow-up album.[1] "Uninvited", was released to U.S. radio in March and was still receiving substantial radio airplay by the following August.[2] An internet and radio leak of "Uninvited" in early March forced Warner Bros. to release the entire soundtrack to radio before it became available in stores. According to a publicity manager for Warner Music Canada, the measure was "an inconvenience" taken to stop radio stations from playing low-quality versions of the song downloaded from the internet.[3]

Following the song's leak, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) took down several websites featuring the song “Uninvited.” The song was due for release until March 31, but was leaked to radio on March 6. “Newsbytes,” a computer industry news service, reported that fast-working fans in L.A., hearing the song on KROQ, taped the track and uploaded it onto their websites. Several sites were involved, according to “Newsbytes,” including ones based in Los Angeles, London and Mexico City.[4] The unauthorized material was removed, and in several cases, the whole site was shut down. The action was part of a campaign by the RIAA to stop unauthorized reproductions of recordings on the Internet.[5]


"Uninvited" is a moody song that contains a "indelible melody and haunting atmosphere" accompanied by cryptic lyrics.[6]


"Uninvited" was nominated for three 1999 Grammy Awards: "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance", "Best Rock Song" and "Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television", winning the former two categories,[7] and it also won an ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for "Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures". It received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Original Song - Motion Picture". Additionally, the song entered About.com's "Top 10 Alanis Morissette Lyrics" list at number 10, with Bill Lamb picking the lyrics, Like anyone would be, I am flattered by your fascination with me, Like any hot blooded woman, I have simply wanted an object to crave" as the best.[8] Although never officially released as a single to retail outlets, it became a hit for Morissette. "Uninvited" was Morissette's fourth number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream chart and it reached the top five on the Adult Top 40 and the top 40 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Uninvited" was a commercial success selling 7 million copies worldwide.[9]


"Uninvited" was not included on that album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, but a demo version was included on the Australian release and the UK CD single for "Thank U". Morissette's compilation album Alanis Morissette: The Collection (2005) was her first album to include the song in its original studio format; she had performed an acoustic version of the song during her 1999 MTV Unplugged appearance, which was released on the album Alanis Unplugged. An acoustic revision of the song "Uninvited" was released on 27 August 2002 from the Music in High Places DVD "Alanis Morissette - Live in the Navajo Nation".

Cover versions[edit]

  • The song was covered by the band Westworld on their 2002 album Skin. Theirs was a slightly heavier version with heavy metal influences. Halfway through the song, Bruno Ravel (bass guitar) and Mark Reale (electric guitar) join in, and their version closes with a long violin solo.
  • Gregorian performed a Gregorian chant inspired version on their 2004 album The Dark Side.
  • In October 2007 the Freemasons remixed the song as a dance music track which entered the UK singles chart at number 8 and the Dutch single charts at number 4.
  • The song was covered by the Finnish gothic metal band Silentium, appearing as a B-side on their 2005 single Frostnight.
  • In March 2014, Daniel Evans, a finalist on season 5 of the X Factor (UK) released a dark alternative version on his website.
  • In 2015, Lea Michele covered this song as her character Rachel Berry on the TV series Glee in the episode "Loser Like Me".
  • In 2016, Red Sun Rising covered the song on Sirius XM

Music video[edit]

No music video accompanied the single's release, but three videos of performances of "Uninvited" were released: the first one in her performance at the 1999 Grammy Awards, another on the Morissette CD/DVD release Feast on Scraps (2002), and another on the 2005 extended cut of VH1 Storytellers: Alanis Morissette. This performance of "Uninvited" was not included in the original Storytellers broadcast in 1999.


Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[10] 23
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[11] 3
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[12] 8
Denmark (Tracklisten)[13] 24
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 4
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 26

Freemasons version[edit]

Freemasons Uninvited cover.jpg
Single by Freemasons featuring Bailey Tzuke
from the album Unmixed and Shakedown 2
Released United Kingdom 22 October 2007
Format CD single, Vinyl single, Digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Electronica, progressive house
Length 3:08
Label Universal
Writer(s) Alanis Morissette


Freemasons chronology
"Nothing but a Heartache"
"When You Touch Me"
Bailey Tzuke chronology
"All I Need"
Music video
"Uninvited" on YouTube

This version experienced success across the United Kingdom and Europe dance scene. The single became the dance group's highest charting single to date in the UK, peaking at #8. So far the song made its greatest impact in Belgium and the Netherlands, where it became a top 5 hit, peaking at respectively number 2 in the Ultratop Top 50 and 4 in the Dutch Top 40.


Chart (2007) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[14] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[15] 11
France (SNEP)[16] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 50
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 5
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[20][21] 8


  1. ^ "Rock On the Net: Alanis Morissette". Rock on the Net. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Rosen, Craig. "'City' A Set-Up For New Alanis, Goo Goo Dolls Albums". Yahoo! Music. August 27, 1998. Retrieved November 11, 2006.
  3. ^ Cairney, Richard. "Cover Story". SEE Magazine. March 19, 1998. Retrieved November 11, 2006.
  4. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/1432312/morissettes-uninvited-websites-shut-down-no-tours-on-the-books/
  5. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/1432312/morissettes-uninvited-websites-shut-down-no-tours-on-the-books/
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/unplugged-mw0000255055
  7. ^ "1998 41st Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Top 10 Alanis Morissette Lyrics". About.com. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=9w0EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&lr&rview=1&pg=PA65#v=onepage&q&f=false
  10. ^ Canada Adult Contemporary peak
  11. ^ Canadian Alternative 30 peak
  12. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak
  13. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Alanis Morissette – Uninvited". Tracklisten.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in French). Les classement single.
  17. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  20. ^ Freemasons and Bailey Tzuke - Uninvited - Music Charts
  21. ^ BBC - Radio 1 - Chart Show - Dance Singles

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