It’s been 25 years since the release of ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’, Oasis’ most successful – and arguably best – album! To put into perspective just how huge the band was at the time, they headlined Glastonbury festival in the summer of 1995, only one year – one year! – after the release of their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’. I’ve talked before about the difficulties artists can face in trying to follow up a massively successful debut album, but Oasis knocked it out of the park with Morning Glory. The album is fantastic from start to finish and below are my five favourite tracks:
5. Don’t Look Back In Anger
I was torn between She’s Electric and Don’t Look Back In Anger for the fifth position, and I actually feel both songs are equally great, but the anthemic chorus and legendary opening of Don’t Look Back In Anger gives it the edge. There’s no denying this song is a classic and one of the finest demonstrations of Noel’s vocal abilities, and while it’s been played far too many times over the years, it still holds up as one of Oasis’ greatest tracks and couldn’t be left out of the top 5.
4. Roll With It
A simple rock’n’roll song with a bit of groove and swagger. Roll With It doesn’t mess around and has such a memorable opening – the guitar, the drum fill, and then the build up that leads into the catchy first line ‘you gotta roll with it’ (it’s impossible not to sing along). What I particularly like about this song is the fact that the verses are loud and in-your-face, whereas the chorus takes it down a notch.
3. Some Might Say
Whilst critically acclaimed and loved by many, I still feel that Some Might Say is underrated. It doesn’t get the same recognition as most of the other songs on this list, nor the singles on Definitely Maybe. It’s as much an anthem as their other singles and above anything else is fun! Some Might Say will never get old quite and rightly ranks high on my list of favourite Morning Glory songs.
2. Morning Glory
The title track and yet another anthem, Morning Glory is a superb number and thoroughly deserves to be high up on the list. This song will always have a special place in my heart as it was the first Oasis song I heard live when I saw Liam Gallagher at Reading Festival in 2017. It has so much aggression and suits Liam’s voice so, so well, and the riff, although simple, is one of their best.
1. Champagne Supernova
Top of the list is Champagne Supernova – a stunning ballard and possibly my favourite Oasis track. It shows a softer side of Oasis, a side they hadn’t shown too much of at this point, and is executed brilliantly. I love the slow build up of the song too – from a basic opening to one of their most rock’n’roll solos. This song really has it all and once again, in true Oasis fashion, has catchy, memorable lyrics which are impossible not to sing along to. This song, much like the others on this list, has unsurprisingly stood the test of time.
So there are my five favourite songs from Oasis’ sophomore album ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’. If you thought I’d ignore the elephant in the room, you’re wrong…the obvious omission from this list is Wonderwall. I do like Wonderwall, I really do, but I’ve just heard it too many times. It’s as simple as that. It’s lost its magic for me. I know how important this song was for the band and how popular it still is, but I just don’t think it’s one of the stronger songs on the album and so it doesn’t make my top 5. To leave on a positive note though, putting this list together has really made me realise just how much of a powerhouse Oasis were in their day. I forgot just how many great songs they have, particularly on their first two albums. Happy 25th birthday to Morning glory and here’s to the next 25!
As always, I’d love to hear about your favourite songs from the album – comment below and let me know your thoughts!