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You can't have a list of great songs without Oasis popping up in some way or another, and it's about time we honoured the lads from Manchester for their epic work on hit single Wonderwall.
I mean crikey, what would our music boxes be like without "I said maybeeeeeee, you're gonna be the one that saves meeeee" when we're having a bit of a rubbish day; come on, it's the only miserable song that can actually cheer you up no matter what your problem is.
Written by Noel Gallagher and belted out by his brother Liam, the song was the third single to be released from (What's the Story) Morning Glory? in October 1995, and it peaked at number two in the British charts as well as being their US breakthrough hit.
The song was debuted to the public backstage at Glastonbury in 1995, where it was broadcast on Channel 4, it was never performed by the band during their headline performance the night before. I doubt when they were gamming away in their wellies, the guys had no idea that the song would go down in history like it has, being voted the best British song of all time, in a poll of over 8,500 listeners conducted by Virgin Radio, being named the second-greatest song of all time in a poll conducted by Q Magazine, finishing behind another Oasis song, "Live Forever. And fellow musicians seem to agree as, in 2006, U2's guitarist The Edge named "Wonderwall" one of the songs he most wishes he'd written.
But what's the point in mentioning the song if i don't give you a little bit of background info right? Well, the song actually nicked the name from the 1968 album Wonderwall Music by George Harrison, who was at the time still a member of the Beatles. What's more, Harrison's album was in fact a soundtrack to the film Wonderwall, but the film has remained unknown by the general public.
Adding even more juicy morsels to the tale of this tasty tune is the rumour that the song was actually written for Gallagher's then-girlfriend, Meg Mathews, whom he married in 1997, only to divorce a year later - i bet the wedding photo's hadn't even been stuck up by then!
Gallagher now claims that the song was not about Mathews at all, but he felt he had to go along with the rumour, saying "The meaning of that song was taken away from me by the media who jumped on it. How do you tell your Mrs it's not about her once she's read it is? It's a song about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself."
One person who might not be overly thrilled with the song is actually the bloke who has to sing it over and over again, and in 2008 he was quoted as saying: "I can't fucking stand that fucking song! Every time I have to sing it I want to gag." Well, now every time i watch them singing Wonderwall I'll know how much Liam hates it and not be able to enjoy it to the full. thanks for that Liam!