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] "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.[4]


"Uninvited" is a moody song that contains an "indelible melody and haunting atmosphere" accompanied by cryptic lyrics.[5]


"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,[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]


"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".


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.[9] 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)[10] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11] 11
France (SNEP)[12] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 50
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 5
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[9] 8

Other versions[edit]

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)[17] 23
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[18] 3
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[19] 8
Denmark (Tracklisten)[20] 24
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[21] 4
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[21] 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks[21] 3
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[21] 26


  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. ^ a b "uninvited - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. ^ http://www.karaoke-lyrics.net/lyrics/coldrain/uninvited-alanis-morissette-cover-840892
  17. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  18. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  19. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  20. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Alanis Morissette – Uninvited". Tracklisten.
  21. ^ a b c d "Alanis Morissette - Chart history - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 

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