#49 – Oasis – “Lyla” – (2005)

This is my favorite Oasis song that didn’t come out in the 1990s. It was the first single from Don’t Believe the Truth and it was a U.K. #1. All I really have to say about it is that it’s a really good example of that British alternative rock sound that Oasis has mastered better than just about anybody. Love it.

Oasis – “Don’t Go Away” – (1997)

Oasis is one of the best bands that Britain has ever produced (this week kind of has a British theme). Britpop tracks like this is what they did best. It’s not quite an “epic weepy” like some of their other songs, but it’s still a song about loss – a break-up song. Liam’s vocals are really good and it really encapsulates Oasis’ 90s sound and is my favorite track from 1997’s Be Here Now – their final album of the 1990s. This song was a big hit in the U.S. – hitting #5 on the Modern Rock chart.

#24 – Oasis – “Slide Away” – (1994)

Yes, Oasis had bigger hits in the 90s, but we featured most of them during our big Top 200 of the 90s countdown. Plus, I love this song. So here it sits. It is from their debut album, Definitely Maybe and has all of the classic trademarks of an Oasis rock song: great lyrics written by Noel, throat-wrenching vocals delivered by Liam, and kickass music all around. Oh, and there was an argument while recording. This was never an official single but it is among the best songs they ever did. When “slide in baby together we’ll fly” is delivered, the song takes on an awesome groove and that is the part of the song that seals it for me. Take a listen and tell me if you disagree.

Oasis – “Don’t Look Back in Anger” – (1995)

Well I figured since I was still on “London” that I had to include something from Oasis, as I count them as the quintessential “British band” of the last 20 years (sorry, Jamiroquai). As you’ll notice by the date of Monday’s post, I was in London on the 4th of July. I saw once instance of fireworks but that was it. It was tempting to buy an American flag and go running around town but I figured that by this point they’d probably be pretty happy to have gotten rid of the U.S. I had to pick an Oasis song because it was the one band that I kept listening to in the U.K., but since I’ve already covered “Wonderwall” on our 90s countdown, I went for another big single from What’s the Story (Morning Glory)? (although I almost went for “Lyla”). I find the song to be a mix of “Wonderwall” and “Stop Crying Your Heart Out,” the latter of which I’ve seen described as an “epic weepy” and this is kind of the same thing. The “So Sally can wait” portion of the chorus is quite the hook. Very good song.

#13 – Oasis – “Wonderwall” – (1995)

This is the Oasis song. If you don’t know it, well, I pity you, but maybe you (sadly) know it as the song Charlie used to sing all the time on LOST. This song was written by Noel Gallagher, so, naturally, Liam hates it – too bad though, because it was their biggest hit and it is hands down one of, if not the, best written song of the 1990s. The first line of this song is particularly well known: “Today is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to you.” And so is the chorus: “Because maybe you’re gonna be the one that saves me.” I don’t know anyone who knows this song and doesn’t love it.

#56 – Oasis – “Champagne Supernova” – (1995)

Oasis is one of the best bands in the world – it’s just a shame that the Brothers Gallagher can’t stop pissing each other off for the sheer sport of it. Lasting over seven minutes, this is one of the longer massive radio hits of any decade, not just the 90s. It’s a wonderful song to sing along to – the best part being it’s progression from a slow melodic start to a roaring rock song with massive amounts of energy flowing through the speakers. Another brilliant single from (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? is “Don’t Look Back in Anger” – whose chorus, (beginning: “So Sally can wait…”) is infectious and worthy to be screamed along with. Hug and make up, you whiny brats – your music is too good to deprive the world of over family squabbles.