There are very few songs that define a movement but ‘Wonderwall’, arguably one of the most famous tracks released by Manchester band Oasis, epitomises the rise of Britpop across the UK and beyond.
Written by Noel Gallagher alongside Owen Morris for Oasis’ second studio album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? and released in 1995, ‘Wonderwall’ has since cemented its position as one of the band’s most iconic tracks, topping charts the world over.
Reminiscing on the formative process of the song as part of a new interview with Mojo, Noel was asked if he had plans for the track to be “a song would be sung by you or Liam.” Noel, reflective on Oasis’ delegation more broadly, replied: “The only time I laid down the law was ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’.
He added: “I was so fucked off with him walking off stage and me having to take over and do the gig. I remember thinking, if I’m going to do this, I want a big fucking song to sing.
“I said, ‘You’re singing one or the other, but not both.’ He hated ‘Wonderwall’. He said it was trip-hop. There speaks a man who’s never heard trip-hop.”
Noel continued: “He wanted to sing ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, but it became apparent during the recording that Wonderwall was going to be the tune. If I’m being honest, I shouldn’t have sung either of them because I wasn’t really a singer then.”
Stream the track, below.