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The most successful British band of the 90s!

Oasis was an English rock band led by two brothers, guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher and lead vocalist Liam Gallagher.

Their biggest tunes include Don’t Look Back In Anger, Champagne Supernova, Live Forever, Stand By Me, Morning Glory, and of course, the immortal Wonderwall.

With eight #1 singles, fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe awards, and five Brit awards, The Guinness Book Of Hit Singles And Albums declared Oasis the Most Successful Act of the 90s in the U.K.

Since the 90s, British music festival culture has become more and more popular and Oasis came to set the standard for what to be expected from a headlining act.

Oasis, Wonderwall, and big U.K festivals like Glastonbury have become synonymous. So much so that when Jay-Z was headlining in 2008, there was controversy. Glastonbury is for British bands, argued the British press. Jay-Z answered by opening up with Wonderwall.

A year later when Oasis pulled out of V Festival last minute, Snow Patrol performed the song in honor of receiving their slot.


Don’t Look Back In Anger was Oasis’s biggest hit

As Oasis’ 2nd most widely known song (after Wonderwall), Don’t Look Back In Anger was off their incredibly successful second album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

Released in 1995, it would come to define the Brit-pop era and spark a fan rivalry between Oasis and Blur comparable to that of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the 60s.

It would also take Oasis from a celebrated U.K indie band to worldwide recognition.

Even though Wonderwall is a more well-known song, Don’t Look Back In Anger actually charted higher at #1, with Wonderwall reaching #2.

Clearly, both songs contributed to the 22 million sales the album achieved.


Wonderwall is Oasis’s most popular song

Wonderwall is a single by Oasis from the hugely successful album What’s The Story (Morning Glory?).

The song uses only chords from the key, achieving its unique sound through extensions and chord shapes that share notes.

A great way to create a memorable chord progression is to do something very familiar, paired with something unique. In Wonderwall, this is achieved by using only chords from the key, played in an unusual order, paired with drone-like extensions.

Initially named Wishing Stone, Wonderwall was renamed after a film from 1968 that bore the same name. George Harrison and Eric Clapton wrote the original soundtrack for the film.

Rumors claim that Noel wrote Wonderwall for his wife Meg Mathews. After the divorce, Noel claimed the song was about an imaginary friend who’s going to come and save you from yourself.

Wonderwall is by far Oasis’ most popular track and can only be compared to Angels by Robbie Williams as the most popular song by a British act in the last thirty years.

Famous covers of Wonderwall include the one by Ryan Adams. His version was so good that even Oasis started to use ideas from Ryan’s arrangement.

In May 2005, Virgin Radio voted Wonderwall the best British song of all time, with the help of over eight thousand listeners.


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Don’t Look Back In Anger

C G | Am E | F G | C A5 G5 |
Slip inside the eye of your mind, don’t you know you might find, a better place to play.
C G | Am E | F G | C A5 G5 |
You said that you’d never been, but all the things that you’ve seen, slowly fade away.

Go to Don’t Look Back In Anger chords.


Wonderwall

Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 |
Today is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to you.
Em7 G5 | Dsus4 A7sus4 |
By now you should’ve somehow realised what you gotta do.

Go to Wonderwall chords.