This summer will mark ten years since the legendary Britpop band split; therefore I’m ranking their 10 best songs.
Oasis were the most successful music act in the UK between 1995-2005, according to the Guinness World Records. With seven studio albums and one B-sides compilation album, ranking the work of this band is no easy task…
10 – Gas Panic! (Standing on the Shoulder of Giants)
Standing on the Shoulder Of Giants (2000) is often considered to be one of the worst Oasis albums. This is, in part, due to the turmoil of original rhythm guitarist (Bonehead) and bassist (Guigsy) leaving the band in the early stages of the album’s production. Despite this, the album delivered this progressive influenced masterpiece. The song has dark lyrics about drug addiction and builds to a crescendo.
9 – Don’t Go Away (Be Here Now)
Be Here Now (1997) is the marmite of Oasis albums. Some say that it is a work comparable to Definitely Maybe. Others instead consider it to be a cocaine-induced mess with ridiculously long and dense songs. Despite this, this song is an absolute gem that doesn’t outstay its welcome with its length…
8 – Acquiesce (The Masterplan)
The Masterplan (1998) wasn’t actually a studio album. It was instead a collection of B-sides from the band’s first three albums. This track opens the album and is one of the few Oasis songs with both Gallaghers on the vocals (Liam on the verse, Noel on the chorus). Lyrically, the song is interesting as it is apparently about the brothers’ high-profile fractious relationship. The music video is definitely worth a watch as it pays homage to the band’s large fanbase in Japan with Japanese actors taking the place of the band…
7 – Supersonic (Definitely Maybe)
The one that started it all. This was the band’s first single. Yes, the lyrics are complete nonsense, but the guitar riff is one of the band’s finest…
6 – The Masterplan (The Masterplan)
Another B-side that, incidentally, was the B-side to Wonderwall. The song is sung by Noel and he regularly plays the song as part of his solo group: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Noel reportedly regrets not including this song on the band’s quintessential album: (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
5 – Im Outta Time (Dig Out your Soul)
A mellow, Beatles-esque ballad from the band’s final album. In the latter half of Oasis’ career, Liam started writing songs and this is arguably the finest song he has ever written. Special mention goes to the fact that the song uses a voice sample from Liam’s hero: John Lennon…
4 – Champagne Supernova ((What’s the Story) Morning Glory?)
The closing track from What’s the Story… Similar to Supersonic, it has some lyrics that makes no sense (‘Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball…’). Despite this, it includes one of the band’s most memorable lyrics: ‘where were you when we were getting high’…
3 – Don’t Look Back in Anger ((What’s the Story) Morning Glory?)
Often overshadowed by the preceding song on the album (Wonderwall), it may have ‘borrowed’ its intro from Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, but this Noel-sung ballad is as good as Britpop ballads get.
2 – Slide Away (Definitely Maybe)
A hugely underrated song that arguably includes Liam’s best vocals ever. This 6-minute-long heat-breaker is relatively unknown beyond Oasis’ fanbase; a crying shame, in my opinion. Both Gallaghers have expressed regret that the song was not played more often at Oasis gigs.
1 – Live Forever (Definitely Maybe)
Here we are: the band’s finest song. Noel wrote the song before he joined the band. He wrote the song in response to Grunge music coming from the United States. Opposed to dark lyrics of Grunge, this masterpiece is a celebration of life and it is the best song of the Britpop era, having topped Radio X’s ‘Best of British’ poll in 2018.
Honourable mention – Wonderwall ((What’s the Story) Morning Glory?)
I was very tempted to not mention this song at all. Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely a good song, but I believe that it is not Oasis’ best. However, the mere fact that the song is known the world over means that I believe it should still have a special mention..
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