Alanis Morissette And James Corden Give 'Ironic' The Modern Day Update It Deserves

by Julie Scagell
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This version of “Ironic” is everything

Who remembers the Alanis Morissette song “Ironic?” If you don’t something is seriously wrong with you and we can never be friends. Lucky for you, there is a chance to redeem yourself because Morissette and The Late Late Show host James Corden decided to remake it based on modern day issues.

And the result is lyrical perfection.

Morissette’s 1995 hit “Ironic” was an iconic song, making the top five in Australia, Canada, the U.S., and Norway. It was nominated for two Grammys and was a battle cry for everything that was wrong with the world (or at the very least everything that was ironic with the world, which was actually totally incorrect but we will get to that later).

The duet pokes fun at today’s trials and tribulations, including Facebook, Netflix, the airlines and even vaping. And because Alanis is a legend, she even made fun of her original song singing, “It’s singing ‘Ironic,’ but there are no ironies. And who would’ve thought it figures?”

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Who couldn’t sympathize with her new, updated lyrics?

“An old friend sends you a Facebook request

You only find out they’re racist after you accept.

It’s a Snapchat that you wish you had saved

It’s a funny tweet that nobody faves.”

Listen, we’ve all been there, right?

I was a junior in college when “Ironic” came out and I knew everything (obvi). I would belt the words to her song as I walked around our three bedroom sublet, shaking my fists at the sky at the unfairness of it all —

“It a traffic jam when you’re already late” (I didn’t own a car)

“A no smoking sign on your cigarette break” (I tried to smoke because I wanted to look cool but cigarettes just gave me a headache)

“It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife” (Did I mention I was in college? We had no utensils in a house of nine women. Maybe we had one plastic spork.)

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Whatever, the song spoke to people. Who cares if it the word ironic was completely misused and it was just a bunch of coincidences. Do we think Morissette titled the song as the ultimate irony of all ironies? One can only hope.

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Morissette is a legend and James Corden has produced some of the most amazing Carpool Karaoke of all time with stars like Bruno Mars, Adele and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Put these two together and what did you expect?

Absolute perfection, that’s what.

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