Everything (Alanis Morissette song)

Single by Alanis Morissette
from the album So-Called Chaos
Released April 13, 2004
Format CD maxi-single
Recorded 2003
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:36 (album version)
3:30 (radio edit)
Label Maverick
Writer(s) Alanis Morissette
Producer(s) Alanis Morissette, John Shanks, Tim Thorney
Alanis Morissette singles chronology
"So Unsexy"
"Out Is Through"

"Everything" is a pop/rock song written by Alanis Morissette and released as the first single from her sixth studio album, So-Called Chaos.

The song was featured in the 2006 film Clerks II, and is included on the soundtrack. The song was also used as one of the sample music that was included inside Windows XP Media Center Edition in 2005.

Release and reception

"Everything" (2004)

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A heavily edited version of the song was released to radio stations for airplay on February 23, 2004.[1] The radio version removed over 60 seconds of the track by taking the first two lines from the first section of a verse and placing it together with the last two lines from the second section of the verse, effectively removing a whole verse from the album version. The video version of the track endured further edits, with the replacing of the word "asshole" in the opening line to "nightmare."[2]

Upon release in the US, the song received considerable support and airplay from alternative and adult radio stations, peaking within the top 5 and spending 26 non-consecutive weeks on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.[3] Mainstream pop and rock radio stations were less supportive of the track. The song entered Billboard's main Hot 100 chart at #76, a position it would hold for four weeks, spending a total of nine non-consecutive weeks on the chart.[4] The physical video-enhanced single, however, remains one of the most successful of Morissette's recording career, being certified 4× Platinum by the RIAA on September 30, 2004 for shipment of over 200,000 copies.[5]

The song also peaked within the top 20 of the Canadian, Australian, Italian, Austrian and Norwegian singles charts.

Music video

The song's music video was directed by Meiert Avis and was released in March 2004, and features Morissette walking down a road. At the start of the video, her hair is long, but ends up being cut off to signify one of many changes in her life. For the rest of the video she is accompanied by a group of people.

The music video is based on and is almost identical to the video for the song "Bonito" by Spanish group Jarabe de Palo, with the same director, Marc Donés. The man that cuts her hair at the beginning of the video is Jarabe de Palo's lead singer, Pau Donés. Three of the people who were seen singing in her "Hands Clean" video also appear who are shown as her dedicated fans. The video peaked at #4 on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown. It also features Canadian actor Chris William Martin.

Track listing

# CD #1 Time
1. "Everything" (radio edit) 3:30
2. "Precious Illusions" (Vancouver Session) 4:32
# CD #2 Time
1. "Everything" (radio edit) 3:30
2. "So Unsexy" (Vancouver Session) 5:03
3. "Everything" (Vancouver Session) 4:42
"Everything" (video)


Chart Position[6][7]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 76
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 36
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 4
U.S. Billboard Triple A Songs 1
Canadian Singles Chart 3
Italian Singles Chart 7
Austrian Singles Chart 12
Australian Singles Chart 15
Norwegian Singles Chart 17
Swiss Singles Chart 22
UK Singles Chart 22
Irish Singles Chart 26
German Singles Chart 29
Dutch Singles Chart 43
French Singles Chart 63


  1. Ask Billboard – "You Oughta Know" Billboard.com. Published: January 21, 2004
  2. Alanis Morissette laughs off her display of 'nudity'. CTV.ca coverage of the Juno Awards. Published: April 4, 2004.
  3. "Everything" last placement on Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart, October 02, 2004. Billboard.com. Retrieved: April 7, 2009.
  4. "Everything" chart runs on aCharts.us aCharts.us. Retrieved: April 7, 2009.
  5. "Everything" Video Single 4x Platinum Certification RIAA.com. Retrieved: 7th April 2009.
  6. aCharts.us "Everything" Chart Positions aCharts.us. Retrieved: April 7, 2009
  7. AllMusic.com Alanis Morissette Billboard Singles Stats AllMusicGuide.com. Retrieved: April 7, 2009.

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