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Uninvited (song)

Promotional single
Single 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
Alanis Morissette singles chronology
"All I Really Want"
"Thank U"

"Uninvited" is a song written and recorded by Alanis Morissette, and co-produced by Morissette and Rob Cavallo for the soundtrack of the 1998 film City of Angels. Morissette's first new recording since her international debut album Jagged Little Pill (1995), it was released as a single from the soundtrack album in March 1998 (see 1998 in music). The song is driven by four piano notes and builds to an instrumental climax.


  • History 1
  • Music video 2
  • Charts 3
  • Freemasons version 4
    • Charts 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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. Its success was largely because of fans who anxiously anticipated Morissette's new album, which was finally released in November 1998. "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.

"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". It won in the former two categories, 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". Uninvited has sold more than 7 million singles. According to Billboard Magazine[1]

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.

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".

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 an alternative dark rock 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".

Music video

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)[2] 23
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[3] 3
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 8
Denmark (Tracklisten)[5] 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

Single by Freemasons featuring Bailey Tzuke
from the album Unmixed and Shakedown 2
Released 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 the Netherlands, where it became a top 5 hit, peaking at number 4 in the Dutch Top 40.


Chart (2007) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 11
France (SNEP)[8] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 50
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 5
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[12][13] 8


  1. ^
  2. ^ Canada Adult Contemporary peak
  3. ^ Canadian Alternative 30 peak
  4. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak
  5. ^ " – Alanis Morissette – Uninvited". Tracklisten.
  6. ^ " – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ " – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ " – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in French). Les classement single.
  9. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song".  
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ " – Freemasons feat. Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ Freemasons and Bailey Tzuke - Uninvited - Music Charts
  13. ^ BBC - Radio 1 - Chart Show - Dance Singles

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