Uninvited (song)

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Uninvited single cover.jpg
Single by Alanis Morissette
from the album City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture
Released 24 February 1998
Format Radio single
Recorded 1997
Label Maverick
Songwriter(s) Alanis Morissette
Producer(s) Alanis Morissette, Rob Cavallo
Alanis Morissette singles chronology
"All I Really Want"
"Thank U"
"All I Really Want"
"Thank U"

"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] That would be Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, released in November 1998; however, she released "Uninvited" as the lead single from the City of Angels soundtrack prior to that.

"Uninvited", was released to American radio stations in March 1998 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" was due for release on March 31, but was leaked to radio on March 6. Newsbytes, a computer industry news service, reported that fast-working fans in Los Angeles, upon 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.[4]

"Uninvited" was not included on Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, but a demo version was included as a bonus track on the Australian and Japanese releases of the album as well as a B-side in the UK CD single for "Thank U". The compilation Alanis Morissette: The Collection (2005) was Morissette's 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 as the album Alanis Unplugged. An acoustic version of the song was also included on the video album Live in the Navajo Nation.


"Uninvited" is driven by four piano notes and builds to an instrumental climax. According to one critic, "Uninvited" is a moody song that contains an "indelible melody and haunting atmosphere" accompanied by cryptic lyrics.[5]


"Uninvited" was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1999: 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.[6] It also won an ASCAP Award for Most Performed Song from Motion Pictures and 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.[7] Although never officially released as a single to retail outlets (which prevented it from charting on the Billboard Hot 100), the song became a hit for Morissette. "Uninvited" was Morissette's fourth number-one single on the 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. Worldwide, "Uninvited" was a commercial success selling over 7 million copies.[8]

Music video[edit]

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


Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[9] 23
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[10] 3
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[11] 8
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 24
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[13] 4
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[13] 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks[13] 3
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[13] 26


Freemasons version[edit]

Freemasons Uninvited cover.jpg
Single by Freemasons featuring Bailey Tzuke
from the album Unmixed
Released 22 October 2007 (UK)
Format CD single, Vinyl single, Digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Electronica, progressive house
Length 3:08
Label Universal
Songwriter(s) Alanis Morissette
Producer(s) Freemasons
Freemasons singles chronology
"Nothing but a Heartache"
(2007) Nothing but a Heartache2007
(2007) Uninvited2007
"When You Touch Me"
(2008) When You Touch Me2008
Bailey Tzuke singles chronology
(2007) Uninvited2007
"All I Need"
(2013) All I Need2013
Music video
"Uninvited" on YouTube

English band Freemasons recorded a dance version of "Uninvited" featuring British singer and songwriter Bailey Tzuke for their 2007 album Unmixed. This version experienced success in the United Kingdom and European markets. To date, the song is the band's highest-charting single in the UK, peaking at number eight on the Official Singles Chart for three weeks and receiving a silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry for selling more than 200,000 copies. It spent a total of 20 weeks in the top 100.[14] The single experienced the most commercial success in Flemish Belgium, reaching number two on the region's chart in February 2008.


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

Other versions[edit]


  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" Archived 18 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.. SEE Magazine. March 19, 1998. Retrieved November 11, 2006.
  4. ^ a b "Morissette's "Uninvited" Websites Shut Down, No Tours On The Books". 
  5. ^ "MTV Unplugged - Alanis Morissette - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  6. ^ "1998 41st Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Top 10 Alanis Morissette Lyrics". About.com. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (25 December 1999). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books. 
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  12. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Alanis Morissette – Uninvited". Tracklisten.
  13. ^ a b c d "Alanis Morissette - Chart history - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "uninvited - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  21. ^ http://www.karaoke-lyrics.net/lyrics/coldrain/uninvited-alanis-morissette-cover-840892

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