Katy Perry said one of her songs sounded like Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughta Know’


Katy Perry songs generally sound different from Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” Perry revealed that Morissette was a huge influence on her and she compared one of her tracks to “You Oughta Know”. Additionally, one of Perry’s former boyfriends offhandedly praised the song.

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An Alanis Morissette album inspired Katy Perry to speak her truth

During a 2019 interview with Rolling Stone India, Perry discussed his taste in music. “I’m a lover of all genres and all styles – it just has to be authentic and you have to feel something strong,” she said. “I’m not one to follow trends – I prefer to take the road less traveled musically to catch a different sound wave.”

Perry revealed Morissette’s album Little shredded pill had a huge effect on her at a time when she was trying to write Christian rock songs. “At the time, Little shredded pill was the most honest, revealing and relatable female record that encompassed a mix of emotions,” Perry said. “She [Morissette] was a powerful female voice when there weren’t many around, and as a young artist, it really inspired me to speak my truth too.

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The song Katy Perry said is similar to ‘You Oughta Know’ might be about a rapper Perry dated

In Morisette’s song “You Oughta Know”, she talks about a man’s flaws. Perry did the same on his track “Circle the Drain”. During a 2010 interview with Billboard, Perry linked the two songs. “[‘Circle the Drain’ is] kind of like my Alanis Morissette ‘You Oughta Know’ moment,” she said.

“Circle the Drain” is said to be about Travie McCoy, a member of the hip-hop group Gym Class Heroes. During a 2010 interview with MTV News, McCoy discussed “Circle the Drain. “I heard she released a song that’s about me, or old habits or whatever,” McCoy said. “[And] I see it like this: I’m just glad she finally has a song with substance on her record. Good work.

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How “You Oughta Know” and “Circle the Drain” fared on the charts in the United States

“You Oughta Know” became a big hit. It reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the chart for 30 weeks. Besides “Ironic”, none of Morisette’s other singles performed as well on the chart. The parent album of the songs, Little shredded pill, was much more popular. It topped the Billboard 200 for 12 of its 127 weeks on the chart.

“Circle the Drain” became a more modest hit. It peaked at number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a single week. Perry released the track from the album teenage dream. The album topped the chart for one of its 279 weeks on the Billboard 200.

“Circle the Drain” stands out in Perry’s discography, and Perry felt that Morisette charted a similar path with “You Oughta Know”.

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