Head Over Feet

Album: Jagged Little Pill (1995)
Charted: 7 3
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  • During a live performance, Morissette told fans the story behind this song, which finds the rage-fueled "You Oughta Know" singer in the unfamiliar territory of a healthy relationship.

    "When relationships get healthier and healthier we somehow equate that with not being as passionate or as sexy," she explained. "I've kind of realized that it's actually sexier when there's less drama. It's been better, and I never thought that that would be the case because of the whole clingy, overly dependent roller coaster that often times seemed very passionate and very sexy. And when I wrote 'Head Over Feet' about this particular person it was the first time that I actually had a glimpse of what it would be like to be in love and have it be something that was inducing of the heart palpitations, yet at the same time I could spend a couple minutes and actually not think about that person. It was very new to me."
  • In the mid-'90s, it was a common tactic for record labels to withhold singles for purchase in order to boost album sales, which meant songs like this one couldn't make the Hot 100 despite getting lots of airplay (Billboard changed the rule in December 1998 to make non-singles eligible for the tally). The strategy certainly worked for Jagged Little Pill, which sold more than 16 million copies in the US.

    "Head Over Feet" landed at #3 on the Airplay chart and was Morissette's first #1 on the Adult Top 40 (an adult-oriented alt-rock and mainstream pop format).
  • Samantha Marie Ware and Billy Lewis Jr. sang this on Glee in the 2015 episode "Jagged Little Tapestry."
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