The Ultimate Oasis List

The gargantuan task of ranking every song by my favourite band.
-Only including songs officially released by the band, so no bootlegs, leaks, etc.
-Only including songs written by the band, so no covers, although I’ve given them their own separate list (see below).

 

Album Rankings:

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7. Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 6

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6. Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 6

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5. Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 7

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4. Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 8

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3. Be Here Now
Rating: 10

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2. Definitely Maybe
Rating: 10

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1. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 10

Song Rankings:

 

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128. A Quick Peep
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 3

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127. Sunday Morning Call
Album/Single: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 3

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126. (Probably) All In The Mind
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 5

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125.  Ain’t Got Nothing
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 5

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124. The Quiet Ones
Album/Single: The Importance of Being Idle
Rating: 5

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123. A Bell Will Ring
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 5

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122. Eyeball Tickler
Album/Single: Lyla
Rating: 5

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121. I Can See A Lair
Album/Single: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 5

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120. Better Man
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 5

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119. Born On A Different Cloud
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 5

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118. Be Here Now
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 5

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117. Hey Now!
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 5

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116. Force of Nature
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 5

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115. Guess God Thinks I’m Able
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 5

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114. Part Of The Queue
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 5

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113.Pass Me Down The Wine
Album/Single: The Importance of Being Idle
Rating: 5

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112. The Nature of Reality
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 5

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111. The Meaning of Soul
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 6

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110. Lord Don’t Slow Me Down
Album/Single: Lord Don’t Slow Me Down
Rating: 6

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109. Won’t Let You Down
Album/Single: Lyla
Rating: 6

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108. Love Like A Bomb
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 6

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107. Sittin’ Here In Silence (On My Own)
Album/Single: Let There Be Love
Rating: 7

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106. Hung In a Bad Place
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 7

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105. Can Y’See It Now? (I Can See It Now!!)
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth Japanese Edition
Rating: 7

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102. Boy With The Blues
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul Box Set
Rating: 7

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101. Carry Us On
Album/Single: Sunday Morning Call
Rating: 7

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100. Angel Child (Demo)
Album/Single: D’You Know What I Mean?
Rating: 7

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99. Strange Thing
Album/Single: Live Demonstration
Rating: 7

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98. I Believe In All
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul Japanese Edition/Box Set
Rating: 7

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97. Who Put The Weight Of The World On My Shoulders
Album/Single: Goal!: Music From The Motion Picture
Rating: 7

300full (7)
96. Those Swollen Hand Blues
Album/Single: Falling Down
Rating: 7

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95. Full On
Album/Single: Sunday Morning Call
Rating: 7

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94. Married With Children
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 7

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93. Waiting For The Rapture
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 7

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92. Just Getting Older
Album/Single: The Hindu Times
Rating: 7

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91. Cloudburst
Album/Single: Live Forever
Rating: 7

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90. Digsy’s Dinner
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 7

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89. Magic Pie
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 7

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88. Put Yer Money Were Yer Mouth Is
Album/Single: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 7

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87. Turn Up The Sun
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 7

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86. Little James
Album/Single: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 7

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85. Where Did It All Go Wrong?
Album/Single: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 7

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84. Rockin’ Chair
Album/Single: Roll With It
Rating: 7

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83. Alive (Demo)
Album/Single: Shakermaker
Rating: 7

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83. I Will Believe [Live]
Album/Single: Supersonic
Rating: 7

300full (3)
82. As Long As They’ve Got Cigarettes In Hell
Album/Single: Go Let It Out
Rating: 7

300full (4)
81. Headshrinker
Album/Single: Some Might Say
Rating: 7

300full (5)
80. (It’s Good) To Be Free
Album/Single: Whatever
Rating: 7

300full (3)
79. Let’s All Make Believe
Album/Single: Go Let It Out
Rating: 7

300full (4)
78. One Way Road
Album/Single: Who Feels Love?
Rating: 7

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77. Idler’s Dream
Album/Single: The Hindu Times
Rating: 7

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76. Soldier On
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 8

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75. (Get Of Your) High Horse Lady
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 8

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74. Fade-In Out
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 8

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73. Fuckin’ In The Bushes
Album/Single: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 8

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72. Acquiesce
Album/Single: Some Might Say
Rating: 8

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71. Underneath The Sky
Album/Single: Don’t Look Back In Anger
Rating: 8

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70. Keep The Dream Alive
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 8

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69. Bring It On Down
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 8

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68. Fade Away
Album/Single: Cigarettes & Alcohol
Rating: 8

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67. Up In the Sky
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 8

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66. I Hope, I Think, I Know
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 8

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65. Shout It Out Loud
Album/Single: Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Rating: 8

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64. Gas Panic!
Album/Single: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 8

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63. Roll It Over
Album/Single: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 8

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62. Flashbax
Album/Single: All Around The World
Rating: 8

300full (3)
61. Going Nowhere
Album/Single: Stand By Me
Rating: 8

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60. To Be Where There’s Life
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 8

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59. Mucky Fingers
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 8

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58. She Is Love
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 9

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57. All Around The World (Reprise)
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 9

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56.The Hindu Times
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 9

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55. Thank You For The Good Times
Album/Single: Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Rating: 9

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55. The Importance of Being Idle
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 9

300full (1)
53. Listen Up
Album/Single: Cigarettes & Alcohol
Rating: 9

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52. The Fame
Album/Single: All Around The World
Rating: 9

300full (3)
51. My Sister Lover
Album/Single: Stand By Me
Rating: 9

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50. Go Let It Out
Album/Single: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 9

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49. Little By Little
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 9

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48. Sad Song
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe Japanese Edition/ Don’t Go Away
Rating: 9

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47. It’s Better People
Album/Single: Roll With It
Rating: 9

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46. Bag It Up
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 9

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45. It’s Gettin’ Better (Man!!)
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 9

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44. Hello
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 10

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43. Stay Young
Album/Single: D’You Know What I Mean?
Rating: 10

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42. Songbird
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 10

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41. The Turning
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 10

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40. I’m Outta Time
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 10

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39.The Girl In A Dirty Shirt
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 10

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38. Don’t Go Away
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 10

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37. Step Out
Album/Single: Don’t Look Back In Anger
Rating: 10

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36. Bonehead’s Bank Holiday
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? [Vinyl Edition]
Rating: 10

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35. The Swamp Song
Album/Single: Wonderwall
Rating: 10

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34. Lyla
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 10

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33. Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Album/Single: Heathen Chemistry
Rating: 10

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32. The Shock Of The Lightening
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 10

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31. Falling Down
Album/Single: Dig Out Your Soul
Rating: 10

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30. Let There Be Love
Album/Single: Don’t Believe The Truth
Rating: 10

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29. Take Me Away
Album/Single: Supersonic
Rating: 10

300full (5)
28. Half The World Away
Album/Single: Whatever
Rating: 10

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27. Round Are Way
Album/Single: Wonderwall
Rating: 10

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26. Columbia
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 10

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25. My Big Mouth
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 10

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24. D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?
Album/Single: Shakermaker
Rating: 10

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23. Cast No Shadow
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 10

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22. She’s Electric
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 10

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21. Stand By Me
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 10

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20. Who Feels Love?
Album/Single: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Rating: 10

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19. Talk Tonight
Album/Single: Some Might Say
Rating: 10

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18. Supersonic
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 10

300full (5)
17. You’ve Got The Heart Of A Star
Album/Single: Songbird
Rating: 10

300full (3)
16. I Got (The Fever)
Album/Single: Stand By Me
Rating: 10

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15. Roll With It
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 10

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14. Wonderwall
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 10

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13. Cigarettes & Alcohol
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 10

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12. Some Might Say
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 10

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11. Don’t Look Back In Anger
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 10

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10. Slide Away
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 10

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9. The Masterplan
Album/Single: Wonderwall
Rating: 10

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8. Shakermaker
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 10

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7. Champagne Supernova
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 10

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6. Whatever
Album/Single: Whatever
Rating: 10

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5. Morning Glory
Album/Single: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Rating: 10

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4. All Around The World
Album/Single: Be Here Now
Rating: 10

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3. D’You Know What I Mean?
Album/Single: Album/Single:> Be Here Now
Rating: 10

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2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 10

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1. Live Forever
Album/Single: Definitely Maybe
Rating: 10
Covers Ranked:

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9. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
Album/Single: Familar To Millions
Rating: 6

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8. Cum Feel The Noize
Album/Single: Don’t Look Back In Anger
Rating: 6

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7. My Generation
Album/Single: Little By Little/She Is Love
Rating: 6

300full (2)
6. Merry Xmas Everybody
Album/Single: NME in Association with War Child Presents 1 Love
Rating: 7

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5. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
Album/Single: Some Might Say
Rating: 7

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4. Helter Skelter
Album/Single: Who Feels Love?
Rating: 7

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3. Street Fighting Man
Album/Single: All Around the World
Rating: 7

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2. Heroes
Album/Single: D’You Know What I Mean?
Rating: 9

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1. I Am the Walrus [Live]
Album/Single: Cigarettes & Alcohol
Rating: 10

Heathen Chemistry (2002)

Half the Album Away

Albums can be a funny thing, as in there exist albums I’d give an average rating yet I would listen to again and again. Heathen Chemistry is one such record, an album of two halves, half excellent and half mediocre. Do I look at the album in anger that half of it is a chore to listen to but at the same time five of the album’s songs on their own have given me many hours of music listening bliss.

On the good side; Stop Crying Your Heart Out captures the same unashamedly weepiness of the likes of Wonderwall and Don’t Go Away, while the beauty that is Songbird shows of Oasis’ more tender side. I always remember a comment Liam made back in the 90’s in relation to some of the band’s downbeat b-sides that he was a “rock ‘n’ roller” and didn’t want to play that “wimpy shit”, yet the only two singles he ever penned are two of Oasis’ most tender songs. Little by Little is one of the band’s cheesiest songs, although the lyrics of both this and Stop Crying Your Heart Out indicate Oasis where aware of their falling popularity (“fading like the stars we wish to be”, “’Cause all of the stars are fading away”).

As for the filler half of the album, there is no Oasis song I find obnoxious or unpleasant to listen to; their weak songs are just really dull. I’ll admit I haven’t even listened to the six-minute track Born On A Different Cloud in its entirety. A Quick Peep feels like the most pointless Oasis song, a short, overly simple musical interlude which contributes nothing. I also don’t like the album cover; I dislike that sickly green effect. Still, that’s half a great album which I listen to death. Curse you Oasis! I’m a slave to anything with your name on it.

 

Heathen Chemistry Era B-Sides and Rarities

Well, I’m shocked; these are some ace B-sides! Naturally, when listening to them for the first time my instant reaction is: why where these not the album!? Well, I’ve come up with three possible reasons as to why:

-The artist is often wrong about their own work and isn’t aware of the quality of these songs.

-The band is fully aware these songs are better than much of the tracks on the album and make them B-sides in order to keep the B-side tradition alive and possibly as a way of rewarding loyal fans.

-Or I’m just alone on this one and only I think these songs are good/great.

For me, the undeniable centerpiece of these B-sides is (You’ve Got) the Heart of a Star. This song holds the distinction of being the last Oasis song I discovered which blew me away. This is also one of the cheesiest songs Oasis ever made but cheesy in the best possible way, it’s such a swoon inducingly beautiful song; my favourite post-90’s Oasis song, as well as one of favourite Oasis songs in general. I just have to say it again, “why was this song not on the album?!” instead of a snooze fest like Born On A Different Cloud. The next big stand out is Thank For You Good Times. If you can ignore the somewhat ironic title as Oasis have caused some disparaging times during this, their lackluster period, it’s still a terrific mood lifter, just what you need when you listen to Ider’s Dream and Just Getting Older (sort of like the anti Stay Young).

Even if these songs where on Heathen Chemistry in place of that album’s filler tracks, it still wouldn’t be up to the standard of the first three albums (then again few albums are) but would make it an excellent record. Perhaps genius never really left Oasis, maybe just the ability to choose a good album track listing.