When we came across Liam Gallagher’s favourite records of all time as compiled by the good people over at The Quietus, we had hoped to find his brother Noel’s list to see who had the better taste in music. Unsurprisingly, it’s fairly similar but no less bloody brilliant. Take a listen below to the playlist of Noel Gallagher’s favourite albums of all time. 

The list is made up largely of classic British bands such as the Sex Pistols and The Kinks (much like his brother) but where the two differ is the Oasis man’s selection of U2, which is pretty uncool, even for an ageing rock star. 

The list was expertly brought together by John Doran for The Quietus and offers up one hell of a playlist of British classics and a cheeky nod to the future of Noel Gallagher, as even back then he had his eye on the dancefloor. 

The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks

“Of all the people who were a direct influence on Oasis, the line goes back to the Sex Pistols, whether that’s Joy Division/New Order, The Smiths, The Stone Roses or Factory Records, and if they hadn’t played those two gigs in Manchester who knows what would have happened? And on that album you’ve got Lydon or Johnny Rotten with that voice going on about the Royal Family and boredom and the rest while you’ve got Steve Jones just hammering it out like a pub rocker or like someone who’s into Slade or The Small Faces rather than punk rock, and between those two things you’ve got it. Every time I listen to it I think that if it came out tomorrow it would fit right in, it wouldn’t feel dated.” 

Pink Floyd – The Wall

“When I left school, The Wall was the pothead’s album. Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here I maybe overplayed but The Wall I could never get tired of. That track ‘Nobody Home’ just brings back so many memories for me. After leaving school, I just used to go round my mates house, skin up, and we’d listen to this.”

The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

“People forget how revolutionary they were at the time. I remember seeing them in town when they were a ‘goth’ band. They weren’t really but they had that goth on guitar [Andy Couzens]. People think of them now about the way they look and everything but they were the last people in Manchester to start dressing like that. Everybody else in Manchester already looked like that. But really, when this album came out after all the trouble they had it was just perfect.” 

The La’s – The La’s 

“People say Lee Mavers is mad or a tortured artist but he isn’t. He’s just lazy. Well, either that or he doesn’t want to tarnish the reputation of what he knows he’s already achieved. I’ve got two CDs worth of unreleased stuff which would knock you out. It should have been released as an album but it won’t see the light of day. But you see them when they reform and they’re still playing the same set as they were in 1986. You feel like saying to them, ‘For fuck’s sake…’ When I see him I say, ‘Hey Lee, when are you going to release your second album?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’ll do it when I’ve finished the first one…’ He’s still trying to nail his first set of songs right after 27 years. So I’ve come to the conclusion he’s either shit-scared of ruining his legacy or he’s just a lazy cunt.”  

The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead 

“Some people would say that The Smiths never really recorded one great album and that they were more of a singles band and I kind of see what they mean. I do really like Meat Is Murder, which is a weirdly psychedelic record with really long tracks. They really did the legwork with that album. But I remember before The Queen Is Dead came out it was an event… they were about to release their first album as a big band.”  

The Beatles – Revolver 

“When I did ‘Setting Sun’ with The Chemical Brothers it was based loosely on ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. Do you remember when it went to number one, what song we knocked off the top? ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ by Deep Blue Something. We were like Sir Galahad. ‘And she said, ‘What about Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ and I said, ‘I remember the movie.” And we came in, ‘Off with your head you piece of shit.’ Revolver was when the sitars really started to come in with The Beatles, and all the backwards stuff on ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. It’s their first drug album.“ 

The Kinks – The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society 

“The Kinks, like The Who, are one of those quintessentially great English singles bands but I’ve listened to this album so many times and I just fucking love it. It’s obviously such a big influence on Damon Albarn’s writing. You know the song ‘Big Sky’? ‘Big sky, too big to cry.’ You can almost hear someone shouting ‘Parklife!’ at the end of it, do you know what I mean? On the opening track you’ve got the lyrics mentioning all the strawberry jam, Fu Manchu, Mrs Mop and all this quintessentially English stuff, and when I started getting older so I was listening to records not just feeling them it suddenly hit me, ‘These lyrics are fucking outrageous. How do you get all that stuff in there and make it work?’ The album is incredible.” 

The Who – Best Of The Who

“Now, some people give you shit for picking a best of over a studio album but The Who are totally one of those bands. I do not dig any of their albums. The only album that isn’t a hits collection that I can sit through from start to finish is Live At Leeds. On their studio albums there is always some half-arsed concept hung on a few good tunes. But, The Ultimate Collection is… fucking hell. If you’re of a certain age and you play guitar based music, they’re up there with the Beatles to me.“ 

The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed 

“Delia Smith baked the cake for the front cover of this album. I guess I could have got Yotam Ottolenghi to make me a meringue for the front cover of The High Flying Birds or got Heston Blumenthal to make me some barbed wire ice cream for it. I could have gone for Their Satanic Majesties Request, it’s got ‘2,000 Light Years From Home’ and ‘She’s A Rainbow’ on it. And again for years I just had the Rolled Gold best of but this was the first album I heard by them when I really thought, ‘Oh yeah… this is what it’s about… they’re not just ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’.’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, that’s more like it” 

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Behind The Music

“I’ve got to say that this band were a massive influence on late-period Oasis. It was the one album I bought from a review because it said it was a bit like The Beatles, a bit like The Stones, a bit like The Who, really 60s-influenced and all the rest. I put it on the car stereo when I was driving to an Oasis gig and right from the start it was like, ‘Wow.’ It just blew me away, the lyrics, the playing. And then when we got to see them live and the singer was this giant fat dude.” 

Various Artists – The Hacienda Classics 

“When Oasis first started, very early on we used to cover ‘Feel The Groove’ by Cartouche. There’s a tape of that live gig knocking about somewhere. I was the dance music head in the group. I was into indie music like everyone else, New Order, The Smiths and then one night in 1987 someone took me to the Hacienda because I’d been reading about this music and I just stood there, drinking Colt 45, thinking ‘Well, this is shit…’ But then someone else took me the week after and said, ‘Have one of these.’ And put a little pill in my hand. And within an hour I thought that this music was the greatest thing that I’d ever heard in my entire fucking life. It was a life changing experience.” 

The Amorphous Androgynous – A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Vol. 1 

“I saw an advert for this album when it came out and I had to buy it. I just thought, ‘With a title like that, it’s either going to be the greatest thing ever or the worst thing ever.’ And from the second I put it on and heard ‘Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)’ by Donovan that blew me away. The second the album finished I got on the phone, and I was like, ‘Find me these guys. I need to go and work with them.’” 

U2 – The Joshua Tree 

“I just love the songs on this. I’m not into the whole religious aspect of the band but I’ve been a fan since I saw them on Top Of The Pops doing ‘Fire’. The reason that I picked this over Achtung Baby – which is one of my favourite U2 albums from my favourite period of U2 – is that it’s just a massive album for me.” 

Listen to the playlist below


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