Today’s song is Alanis Morissette’s Ironic from 1996. There has been much controversy about this song, mostly relating to the definition of the word “ironic”! Indeed, comedian Ed Byrne commented: “the only ironic thing about that song is it’s called ‘Ironic’ and it’s written by a woman who doesn’t know what irony is. That’s quite ironic.” Weird Al Yankovic also made reference to the song claiming that real irony is a fire engine on fire, not “rain on your wedding day”! Regardless, the song was a huge success, topping the charts in the US and Canada, and was awarded the Juno Award for Single of the Year, received two Grammy nominations and six MTV Awards, of which it won three.

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