January 16, 2016

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10 Alanis Morissette Songs That Give The Best Life Advice

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

I’ll be honest—the reason I learned how to curse was because of Alanis Morrissette. I was in the first grade, and I heard Alanis sing “chickenshit” in “Head Over Feet.” I learned that word because of her, and that was only the first lesson Alanis gave me. 

As one of the strongest female singer-songwriters of the 90s and early 00s, Alanis made a career out of raw, empowering and (sometimes) over-sharing lyrics about her life that shook up the alt-rock world. In honor of her advice column at The Guardian, we rounded up some of the best life advice we got from Alanis’ songs.

#1“You Learn”

It might be trite, but in “You Learn,” Alanis is giving us an important bit of life advice: Bad or good, with every experience, you learn something. You cry, you end up with really red eyes. You drink too much on a Friday night, you get a hangover. You choke on a pretzel, you learn not to do that.

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