Oasis Biography

The most successful British band of the 90s!

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

Oasis’ biggest tunes include ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and ‘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 Last Decade’ in the U.K.

During the peak of Brit Pop in the 90s, a similar fan relationship between Oasis vs Blur occurred as in the 60s of The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones.

The last two decades have seen an increased popularity of the British music festival culture and Oasis have come to set the standard for what to expect from a headlining act.


Wonderwall was Oasis biggest hit!

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

Rumours 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 twenty years.

Oasis, ‘Wonderwall’ and big U.K festivals like Glastonbury have become legendary. 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 honour of receiving their slot.

Other famous covers of ‘Wonderwall’ include the one by Ryan Adams. This version was so big that even Oasis started to use ideas from Ryan’s arrangement.

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


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