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post Oct 6 2016, 12:23 PM
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Revealed: Official Top 20 Biggest Selling Oasis Songs
06 October 2016 | By Justin Myers

As new documentary Supersonic lifts the lid on Oasis's early years, we look at their biggest sellers.

As introductions to rock bands go, Definitely Maybe is certainly a strong one. 20 years ago, all the way back in 1994, Oasis’ bolshy debut album went straight in at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. The band are known for their mega-selling albums, with five of them selling over a million, Their second album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory is one of the biggest selling albums of all time, shifting over four million copies.

But what about the songs? Oasis weren’t exactly shy of a smash hit single either, with eight Official Singles Chart Number 1s to their name. So, we look back at that massive debut album, we count down the songs that made it happen. You can’t have an album without the tunes, after all…

5: Roll With It (1995)
A single that was part of the biggest chart battle of all time and, infamously, lost… Roll With It was the spark that lit a fire under the now-legendary Blur vs Oasis rivalry and had to settle for second place behind their rivals’ Country House when both tracks were released in the same week. The tension went beyond this race to be Number 1, with the bands generally disliking each other for years to come. The truce nobody thought would ever happen did come along eventually, and Noel is now pals with Blur frontman Damon Albarn, who he’d previously called “condescending”.

Oddly, The battle for Number 1 wasn’t as close as you might think – Blur romped to victory with Country House finishing almost 50,000 copies ahead. It's sold 520,000 copies.

4: Whatever (1994)
Another anthemic song, Whatever was something of an oddity among Oasis singles, as it didn’t feature on any studio album. Intended to bridge the gap between debut album Definitely Maybe and follow-up (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, Whatever saw the band go Top 3 for the very first time – every single they released after would chart no lower until Who Feels Love broke the run in April 2000.

It wasn’t until a greatest hits collection in 2009 that Whatever was finally included on an album and available digitally for the very first time – it even broke back into the Top 75 that very week. Its sales tally stands at 553,000.

3: D’You Know What I Mean (1997)
Few albums have been more highly anticipated than Oasis’s third album Be Here Now. Its lead single D’You Know What I Mean was an eight-minute epic, with a blockbuster-type video and the band turned up to full-on swagger. Selling over 370,000 copies in its first week on sale, D’You Know What I Mean gave Oasis its first pair of consecutive Number 1s – they’d go on to score two more. D’You Know What I Mean was the fifth bestselling single of 1997 and has shifted 745,000 copies.

2: Don’t Look Back In Anger (1996)
The band’s second Number 1 was their first chart-topper to feature Noel on lead vocals. The chorus’s “So Sally can waaaaait” actually came about by accident. Noel was strumming away singing nothing in particular, when Liam asked him who Sally was, thinking he was singing “So Sally can wait”. Noel liked it so much it became the actual lyrics. And it was a good shout, Don’t Look Back In Anger was the fourth bestselling single of 1996 and has shifted 948,000 copies.

1: Wonderwall (1995)
Wonderwall, Noel Gallagher’s love letter to his then girlfriend, is the band’s top seller but never reaching Number 1. According to legend, despite the song’s subject, Liam insisted on singing it – he obviously knew an anthem when he heard one. Trouble was, it was such an anthem that the band eventually got sick of having it sang back to them at concerts. If it’s any comfort to Oasis, it is one of the biggest selling songs of all time.

Wonderwall sold over 140,000 copies in its first week on sale. It finally passed the million mark in 2009. It's shifted 1.34 million copies. Altogether now: “And all the roads we have to walk are wiiiiinding…

What’s happening in the rest of the Top 20?
Just outside the Top 5 is Some Might Say, the lead single from eagerly awaited second album (What's The Story) Morning Glory gave Oasis their very first chart-topper, ending Take That’s month-long tenure at the top of the Official Singles Chart with Back For Good. Over 464,000 copies were sold, and Oasis’s stint at Number 1 was ended after just one week by a dance classic – Livin Joy’s Dreamer went straight in at the top.

Live Forever was Oasis’s first ever Top 10 single, beginning a run of 22 consecutive Top 10 singles that lasted until 2008, and it makes the Top 10 for them again on their top sellers countdown – it’s at Number 9.

The Top 10 is rounded off by classic singalong and the highest chart peak from Definitely Maybe: Cigarettes & Alcohol. No, it’s not your imaginayeeshaaaaaaaun.

Despite reaching only Number 31 on the Official Singles Chart, the band’s debut single Supersonic makes it into the Official Oasis Top 20 – coming in at Number 14 with over 240,000 copies sold.

Such is the power of Oasis that even a non-single makes an appearance. The classic album track that should’ve been a single, Champagne Supernova, is Oasis’s 16th bestselling song, earning its place on downloads alone – over 235,000 of them, in fact. Bonus fact: Modfather Paul Weller provides some backing vocal and guitar assistance on Champagne Supernova.

Just outside the Top 20, a couple of other album tracks rank pretty high. Half The World Away, used as the theme tune to BBC sitcom The Royle Family, is Oasis’s 22nd top seller and She’s Electric, from (What's the Story) Morning Glory is behind it at 24.

The Official Top 20 Biggest Selling Oasis songs:

TRACK PEAK YEAR
1 WONDERWALL 2 1995
2 DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER 1 1996
3 D'YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN 1 1997
4 WHATEVER 3 1994
5 ROLL WITH IT 2 1995
6 SOME MIGHT SAY 1 1995
7 STOP CRYING YOUR HEART OUT 2 2002
8 STAND BY ME 2 1997
9 LIVE FOREVER 10 1994
10 CIGARETTES & ALCOHOL 7 1994
11 GO LET IT OUT 1 2000
12 LITTLE BY LITTLE 2 2002
13 ALL AROUND THE WORLD 1 1998
14 SUPERSONIC 31 1994
15 THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING IDLE 1 2005
16 CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA N/A 1995
17 THE HINDU TIMES 1 2002
18 SHAKERMAKER 11 1994
19 LYLA 1 2005
20 SONGBIRD 3 2003

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post Oct 6 2016, 12:26 PM
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Sales do not include streams - 'Wonderwall' is actually on 1.6m with streams included, for instance. I imagine 'Don't Look Back in Anger' is a million 'seller' with them too.
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Champagne Supernova wasn't a single in the UK?
It was in Australia and easily my 2nd fave Oasis single after Wonderwall, along with Morning Glory which I notice is also not in the top 20! o.O
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What an epic list of songs wub.gif I doubt any band will ever be that big again.

It's a shame they didn't include the rest of the Top 30 rather than mentioning a few songs from it.
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yeps. Champagne Supernova was not a UK single

they could easily had made a top 40 :/
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Oct 6 2016, 01:56 PM) *
yeps. Champagne Supernova was not a UK single

they could easily had made a top 40 :/

Yeah CS and Morning Glory were only singles in Australia, which is a shame. I saw Noel Gallagher live last month and he played Champagne Supernova (among a few other Oasis songs), still sounded amazing after all these years!
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D'YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN

I am disappointed to see this so high as they have so many greater songs than this.
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QUOTE(Mango @ Oct 6 2016, 02:49 PM) *
What an epic list of songs wub.gif I doubt any band will ever be that big again.

It's a shame they didn't include the rest of the Top 30 rather than mentioning a few songs from it.


I think Coldplay are as big as Oasis, if not bigger in worldwide scale?!!!
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In the UK at least Coldplay were big but Oasis were a phenomenon.

Impressive that Champagne Supernova has outsold two of their #1s!
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QUOTE(Addy K!ng @ Oct 6 2016, 05:33 PM) *
I think Coldplay are as big as Oasis, if not bigger in worldwide scale?!!!


Coldplay are 20x bigger than Oasis worldwide! Oasis have never been number 1 in America - Coldplay have had 4 number 1 albums Stateside
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Coldplay in general are by far the bigger of the two bands.
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My favourite Oasis song is 'Live Forever' so I am very pleased to see that in the top 10 with 'just' a #10 peak.

Shocking to see 'Champagne Supernova' outselling 'The Hindu Times' and 'Lyla', though I guess that feels like more of an Oasis classic compared to those two. Heck even some of their B-Sides are probably more iconic than some of their higher charting songs. laugh.gif (see: 'Acquiesce' and 'Half The World Away' for instance)

Excellent to see this list! Many great songs in the mix.
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Lyla is my favourite Oasis song!
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QUOTE(pippa @ Oct 6 2016, 09:57 PM) *
Coldplay in general are by far the bigger of the two bands.

QUOTE(danG @ Oct 6 2016, 05:47 PM) *
In the UK at least Coldplay were big but Oasis were a phenomenon.

Impressive that Champagne Supernova has outsold two of their #1s!

Yeah exactly, I'm talking more about the phenomenon and the hysteria that surrounded Oasis in their 90s heyday, I still remember it really well and no other band can come close to being as big as they were back then. To quote Liam, they were "bigger than Jesus" laugh.gif Sure, Coldplay may have sold more records worldwide but there's not the same hype as Oasis had at their peak.


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