#95 -- Just Getting Older

Album: The Hindu Times (single)

Is this song an acknowledgement of better days’ past for Oasis, or just another introspective ballad? Either way, I think there could have been better choices for the first Hindu Times B-Side. Personally, I find the lyrics a tad depressing (I'm halfway up to the bottom/of another bottle/of my next best favourite friend/am I cracking up/or just getting older?), and an almost inappropriate crash-landing back to Earth after the resounding rock n’ roll high of The Hindu Times. I’m a sucker for Noel ballads though, so I’ll take it squeezed between a great rock song and a far better Noel ballad (it’s gonna be high up on this list too).

#96 -- Bonehead's Bank Holiday

Album: What's the Story Morning Glory (vinyl-only track)

This is a jaunty little vinyl-only track from WTSMG. That’s a good thing, in my opinion, because this song isn’t exactly the type that should be listened to in Dolby 5.1. It’s more the style of “lets-get-shitfaced-and-sing-nonsense-until-we-get-kicked-out-of-the-bar,” and almost demands a double entendre-laden verse about passing around the town whore (sadly lacking, I’m afraid). Still, a fun tune, an easy one to learn, and one no one would recognize if you and your mates started belting it out at the pub.

#97 -- Little James

Album: Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

What lifelong Oasis fan doesn’t have a strong opinion about this song? It’s Liam’s first offering as a songwriter, and a certainly valiant effort. When it comes up in discussion, most fans slag it off, for the most part including myself. It’s hard to find anything wrong with a song written by a dad for his son, though, it sometimes seems like a few of the lines were hastily assembled from an elementary rhyming dictionary. Live for your toys/even though they make noise… sometimes makes me cringe. You have to give Liam props for trying though, and it’s certainly a song that feels like it “belongs” in the middle of SOTSOG. Regardless, Noel should have put his foot down on the drawn-out “na na na” ending – it’s not exactly Hey Jude.

#98 -- My Big Mouth

Album: Be Here Now

It’s been suggested that this song contains an adaptation of “I Never Saw a Moor”, a by the 19th century poet Emily Dickenson. True, this is a very poetic song, but the lines attributed to the poem (I ain't never spoke to god/and I ain't never been to heaven/but you assumed I knew the way/even though the map was given) are about the only ones that make any sense to me. Of course, we have a lot more legendary Oasis tracks that should be credited as “written by N. Gallagher/Lots of Drugs” than confusing ones, so I can’t complain. After being fully titillated by D’You Know What I Mean, the distortion followed by the full-band cacophony in this track should be the listener’s first clue Be Here Now bears only a shaky resemblance to either of Oasis’ first two albums. Not that it’s a bad thing, mind you.

#99 -- Roll It Over

Album: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

This is a rather good song, really. It’s just unfortunately stuck as the final track on an album alongside better songs with the same slow, psychedelic feel. As if listening to SOTSOG all the way through didn’t leave you in a bit of a daze, Roll It Over makes me feel as lethargic as a hangover that sticks around until dinnertime.

If it wasn’t for all the lyrical repetition in the whole album in general, the verses of this song (“I can give the hundred million reasons/to build a barricade/blame it on the changing of the seasons/the thoughts that I convey”, and “look around at all the plastic people/who live without a care/try to sit with me around my table/but never bring a chair”) would stand out as some of the best on SOTSOG. As it is, a pretty damn good song ends up misplaced and misunderstood.

#100 -- Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is

Album: Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

I agree with Noel’s analysis of this song: “We liked the energy in it. But I would have wanted to work more with the lyrics, it´s just the same words being repeated over and over." Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is has great energy, and the kind of opening bars that make you expect something special, but just sort of comes off as an unfinished, gratuitous “lets put another song in this album” track.

That being said, the sound is textbook SOTSOG-era Oasis. Makes you wish Noel had written some really great lyrics. The repetition makes it get overshadowed by the more lyrical and unique tracks on the album, even though it’s more rock ‘n roll than any of them (with the possible exception of I Can See a Liar). That, and the fact that I can’t decide whether the use of the word “yer” exudes a Liam-esque cocky swagger, or just the triteness of some teenager’s instant messenger lingo, puts this one at the bottom of the ladder. But stay tuned, I’m counting them down all the way to number one.