The BBC has revealed that Oasis’ chart-smash, and perennial karaoke catastrophe, ‘Wonderwall’ was named the biggest-selling Britpop song of the 1990s. BBC Radio 2 compiled the list using data from the Official Charts Company.
It was shared over the course of the day as the ‘Official Top 50 Britpop Songs’ and showed that despite coming in at number two on the UK singles chart back in 1995, the single has sold 1.4 million copies.
Taken from the band’s behemoth record (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, the single has become one of the most overly performed tracks of all time. You know when you hear, “so anyway, here’s ‘Wonderwall'” you’re in for a ropey rendition of Noel Gallagher’s vocal.
The top 10 was an impressive list which saw spots opened up for The Verve’s anthemic song ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and Cornershop’s classic ‘Brimful of Asha’ as well as another entry for the Mancunians with their song ‘Whatever’.
Oasis were also involved in one of the biggest rock chart battles of all time and the songs which started it are also to be found in the top 10. Blur’s ‘Country House’ pipped Oasis’ ‘Roll With It’ to the number eight spot, just as it did the top spot back in 1995.
“This chart has taken me back to the glory days of the Evening Session and a time when Britpop ruled the Airwaves. It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years!” said Jo Whiley during the broadcast.
“’Wonderwall’ has always been a special song to many people so I’m not surprised it’s at Number 1 – it’s an enormous anthem. The whole chart has brought back so many memories of brilliant songs and bands from a very special time in British pop music.”
If you ever needed any further proof of who the Kings of Britpop really were, then Oasis’ domination of the top 10 is all the proof you need. With six songs in the chart, it shows that in the ’90s, Oasis were untouchable.
So, anyway, here’s ‘Wonderwall’.