Best Oasis Songs

A list of my favourite Oasis songs

After reading a couple of articles online recently (this and this), I thought I would list my favourite twenty Oasis songs.

(If I was including their covers on the list, I’d probably go for I Am The Walrus, Cum On Feel the Noize and Hide Your Love Away).

20 Half The World Away
Such a great song. It would probably be higher up the list but it’s possibly overplayed due to The Royle Family and lost its edge due to John Lewis.

19 Live Forever
Such a classic Oasis song. This was the second ever song that I heard by the band (after hearing Cigarettes & Alcohol). This is the sound that they are most famous for. Widely regard as a classic, I agree!

18 It’s Better People
Ok, so I am going to include quite a few of Noel’s acoustic songs on this list. This is the first. Another classic Oasis B-side.

17 Round Are Way
Say what you like about Oasis and they won’t care. They’ll take your grammar rules and do what they like. Luckily this is a great song as their bad grammar would make me hate it otherwise.

16 Sunday Morning Call
Noel performing at his best here. Class.

15 All Around The World
Yes, it is ridiculously long. But I have managed to find a radio edit of All Around The World. It strips out the five minutes of instrumental and focuses on the classic song. When this was released, this was the windows down, radio on full blast kind of song.

14 Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
It’s hard to pick the best song from Definitely Maybe, but this one is a favourite. Best played loud.

13 (It’s Good) To Be Free
The first ever Oasis single that I bought was Whatever. (It’s Good) To Be Free was on the B-side and I played it to death. It’s superb.

12 Talk Tonight
One of my favourite acoustic songs, this time appearing on Some Might Say. The lyrics of Talk Tonight feel more meaningful than most.

11 Supersonic
Just a classic, nonsensely-lyriced Oasis song. Classic. The lyrics make no sense and they don’t give a shit about it.

10 Let There Be Love
Right towards the end, Oasis released this classic. Both versions of it are incredible, but Noel’s version is my favourite.

9 Cigarettes & Alcohol
I remember feeling quite shocked when it was mentioned on Granada News or BBC North West or something that a band had released a song celebrating cigarettes and alcohol. It didn’t sound like a good idea. But then I heard the song and it was amazing. It somehow felt naughty playing this at home where my parents were not keen on cigarettes, alcohol or rock music. I think this was its early appeal. This was the first Oasis song I’d ever heard – I didn’t know it at the time but this was the start of my love for probably the best band ever.

8 Step Out
B-side to Don’t Look Back In Anger, Step Out is a brilliantly uplifting song that is massively underrated.

7 Little By Little
2002’s Little By Little is a proper Noel-sang banger. Not acoustic, just a banger!

6 Champagne Supernova
I could never understand who Champagne Supernova was not released as a single as it is absolutely class. Genius Oasis at their very best.

5 Slide Away
The best song on Definitely Maybe, at least in my opinion. Right from the intro, Slide Away is captivating, uplifting, air guitar inducing, singalong creating and much more. Just the perfect rock song.

4 Some Might Say
Oasis’s first Number One, Some Might Say is the only song I know of that mentions dirty dishes and for that reason alone it should be celebrated. The lyrics are total nonsense, yet brilliant. You simply have to play this loudly and proudly and it demands that you sing along.

3 Don’t Look Back In Anger
An absolute classic monster of a song. It’s a song that everyone knows. Always popular, the song found new meaning after the 2017 Manchester Arena bomb incident and it helped to bring people in the city together after the atrocity. One of the best songs ever written. It probably should be top of this list, but I’ve tried to go a bit niche…

2 The Masterplan
Oasis’ most beautiful song. It was a B-side to Wonderwall. I missed Wonderwall off the list as I don’t feel it’s held up as well over the years. Wonderwall is probably a bit of a gimmicky song. The Masterplan, however, has endured. Noel’s vocals are phenomenal and the orchestral backing lifts the song to another level. Quite simply brilliant. On reflection, Oasis also felt it was a classic and they named their collection of B-sides after it!

1 Whatever
Whenever I feel down, Whatever is my go to song. It brings me back. Whatever is empowering and fulfilling. One of the reasons Whatever is so memorable is that the single included some of the best B-sides ever: Half The Wold Away, (It’s Good) To Be Free and Slide Away. What a collection. Some of Oasis’s instrumental sections go on too long, but Whatever’s just feels right. Whatever has stayed with me, so for for 26 years and I just love it.

In conclusion, there is not a band like Oasis. The strength of their B-sides, the audacity of their cover songs, the way their albums contain no filler songs whatsoever, the sheer power and don’t-give-a-shit-ness of their songs make them the complete package. I never want them to get back together because I know that they can never live up to the unreachable standard they met back in their hey day. Noel Gallagher is a genius.

Favourite Tunes of 2020

2020 hasn’t been a vintage year for music but were are a few gems.

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Ok, so this was technically released in 2019 but it enjoyed most of its success this year. The song is, excuse the pub, an absolute blinder! It sounds fresh every time you hear it, yet also sounds it was released years ago. I’ve not really enjoyed much of The Weeknd’s music before – part of this was stubbornness not to engage because I hate the way he is too lazy to spell his name properly. But between Blinding Lights and In Your Eyes, 2020 has been a vintage year for him. Both tunes are amazing, but Blinding Lights is phenomenal!

Ella Henderson & Roger Sanchez – Dream On Me (Roger Sanchez Remix)
Ella is such an amazing singer. She has released so much good music but has never really followed up on her initial success with Ghost. However, in 2020 she released some crackers and it was hard to choose my favourite. I have gone with Dream On Me as it samples one of my favourite songs, Another Chance. However, I could have chosen Take Care Of You as that is fantastic too!

Purple Disco Machine & Sophie and the Giants – Hypnotized
Before streaming became the thing, the hype around Purple Disco Machine would have been huge. His Nineties-revival remixes are amazing and this remix of what I assume is a Sophie and the Giants song deserved to be massive, like the Robin Schulz remix of Prayer in C was in 2014. Hyponotized is brilliant and is well worth a listen!

McFly – Tonight Is The Night
I love McFly. I really enjoyed the documentary All About Us in November. Tonight Is The Night is such a good tune, I listened to it on repeat after watching it!

BTS – Dynamite
All I know about BTS is that they are Korean, they usually don’t sing in English and that girls love them apparently. Yet, somehow this year they released Dynamite – one of the best pop songs of the year by a mile. I don’t know how they managed it, but fair play.

Favourite Cover Songs

Here are my six favourite covers of all time. I’ve tried to choose covers that are completely different to the original, not just a good vocal performance.

Here are my six favourite covers of all time. I’ve tried to choose covers that are completely different to the original, not just a good vocal performance.

The Fugees – Killing Me Softly
This song brings back so many memories. People of a certain age will know exactly what you mean when you go, “One Time!” I wasn’t really aware of the original version by Roberta Flack back in 1996. When I later heard it I could barely believe it was the same song. The Fugees version is awesome.

Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse – Valerie
The original, by The Zutons, was great. But Amy Winehouse’s performance of it took on a life of its own. It’s impossible to hear it without singing along. An absolute classic!

Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules – Mad World
Originally by Tears For Fears, the Gary Jules version is so different that it’s hard to believe that they are the same! This version is the only good thing to come out of the overrated crap movie, Donnie Darko. Mad World is the standard for stripped back acoustic covers which became all the range after this!

DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring Do – Heaven
On hearing Heaven for the first time, it was just a brilliant dance single. But it was only later that I released that Bryan Adams had originally recorded it. DJ Sammy’s version is brilliantly uplifting, cheesy, but respectable. It was great in a club and is great turned up loud in the car. Bryan Adams’ version is more melancholic.

Disturbed – Sound of Silence
This is such a powerful cover. In my opinion it totally eclipses the original. This is a song that makes you sit up and listen. Just brilliant!
(I did once try to listen to something else by Disturbed and immediately regretted it.)

Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
What an awesome song! To take such a sweet Elvis Presley love song and transform it into a pop banger is no easy feat. The Pet Shop Boys’ version is sublime!

Talizman – Only You

One of my favourite dance tunes ever is Talizman’s ‘Only You’. I tried to find out more about the history of the song.

Talizman recorded Only You originally in 1993. This is a song you probably heard but never knew what it was called. That was certainly the case for me. I remember hearing it when I was out – somewhere in Chester. This would have been, probably, in around 1997 or 1998. I can clearly vividly recall walking down the stairs when it came on and asking one of my friends if they knew what it was. They didn’t. But it was somehow etched into my brain. And I didn’t hear it again until 1999 when a cover version came on the radio. We were on a minibus on our way to a nightclub somewhere or other.

This version of the song has been viewed over 310,000 times

Flying high and I’m feeling fine

Kick off your shoes and let’s blow our minds together

The cover version was by Ca$ino and I thought it was great. It was a song a played a lot. There was something about it that I loved – you didn’t often hear a male voice on a dance tune. Maybe it was that?

There was always a nagging feeling that the Ca$ino version would do but it wasn’t the one I remember in the club.

I want your love

I want it right now…

Because in my world there’s only you

I was determined to track down the original and eventually I managed to connect it to a song by Talizman. I think it was when I was using Limewire and I was trying to digitise my music collection. But the version of song by Talizman was nowhere near as good. I couldn’t understand – the version I recalled was SO much better than this. I later bought the CD and the version I remembered was not on there either.

I don’t know how or when I realised that the version I loved was the Chris & James Remix but I am glad I did! If you can track it down, the Chris & James Old Skool Baleric Remix is the one you want.

So why has this amazing tune never made it big?

According to Discogs, the song was first released in 1993. It was written by A. Webb and C. Martin. It would appear that this was the only song they wrote, although, of course, they are credited as the writers of the Ca$ino cover.

Presumably these guys are Martin and Webb?

It must have been re-released as it then charted at Number 88 in 1994. This was its only foray into the charts.

The 1995 re-release

It was re-released in 1995, this time with the Chris & James remixes. There was also a Grinstretcher Club Mix too. Not sure what that sounds like.

And that’s it. It has appeared on a compilation in 2012 (not sure which version). And that’s it.

I honestly can’t get it. This is a tune I love and I think is amazing but it’s like no one else has ever heard of it!

Update July 2020

Not long after writing this post another cover of Only You was released. This time, dance artists Cahill released a version, featuring Craig Smart on vocals. It has more of a beat than the Ca$ino version but is still nowhere near as good as the original. The Apple Music song info reveals a little bit more information about the composers: their first names! Apparently it’s Ashley Webb and Colin Martin.

The WhoSampled page says that the song samples the Talizman original. This is all of the information that I can find out!

Update: October 2020
It was interesting to discover this interview with the remixer Chris, from Chris + James:

Talizman – only you, it sounds at first like its going to be a bad karaoke attempt, but it develops into what is a beast of a track unlike any other out there. What was it like working on it?

We used to play the original mix years ago in warm up sets and it stood out as being incredibly different even then, but it was way too slow for peak time. Charlie Chester rang me up and asked if we’d be interested in doing it……..we were dead keen but the vocals were so off key in places that it wouldn’t be straight forward at all. Once the parts arrived it was almost painful to listen to the acapella! Anyway I had an idea for making the ultimate Balearic house track – utilising the Bocca Juniors ‘raise’ piano line and the Bassheads ‘Is there anybody out there ‘ bassline…..thankfully James Wiltshire managed to work out some chord sequences and we had it nailed within a day and a half. Unfortunately James Bradley was absent for the making of this, first he heard was when I played the finished mix back to him.

It’s not surprising that mix has stood the test of time – people have covered it and remixed it without even getting close to the C+J mix- a classic case of remixers bringing far more to the remix than just a few loops!”

(Charlie Chester was the co-owner of Cowboy Records, James Wiltshire was one half of Phats & Small and James Bradley is one half of Chris + James)