#46 -- Cum On Feel the Noize

Album: Don't Look Back in Anger (single)

I think any band could cover this Quiet Riot standard and have it kick ass. The fact that Noel sings it makes it unique – Liam would sound so much more natural, in my opinion. Still, taking the metal out of the song leaves it with a satisfying Oasis flavor.

Edit: I was absolutely wrong. It is Liam that sings it, and it still kicks ass... I just realized the version I was listening to isn't the actual B-side. My bad.

#47 -- Little By Little

Album: Heathen Chemistry

“True perfection has to be imperfect,” sums up Oasis to a tee, and reeks of Noel’s songwriting style through and through. Liam was first slated to sing this, but according to the band, couldn’t quite get it right. As it is, it probably worked out for the better. This is a fantastic song – it’s got a slower “live forever” sort of feel to it, but goes the way of all the SOTSOG-and-after Noel ballads, becoming a little bit disappointingly acoustic.

#48 -- Stop Crying Your Heart Out

Album: Heathen Chemistry

I would have rated this a lot higher, but I just can’t stand the lyrics. The chorus is beautiful, but it’s repetitive, lacks a good guitar fill, and the lyrics are just trite as hell. Plus, Liam sounded like Kermit the Frog singing it at Glastonbury last summer, which is enough to spoil it altogether for me. Noel liked it enough to make it a single though, so I suppose it’s okay.

#49 -- Who Feels Love?

Album: Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

Noel thinks he was inspired partially by some Taiwanese temples during the writing of this song, and it definitely shows. This song is what the rest of SOTSOG tries to be, and is one of the only tracks that I think really pulls it off. If you just listened to the first 3 tracks on that album, you’d be expecting 7 more tracks of brilliance. Sadly, some think it falls short. This is one of the redeeming songs, however.

#50 -- Bring it on Down

Album: Definitely Maybe

“I’ll be scraping their lives from the sole of my shoe.” How right you were, Liam. Fantastic song – with some great guitar and drum work, and really bridges the gap between the pre-DM punk Oasis and the sort of music that launched them into superstardom.

#51 -- The Swamp Song (untitled 1 & 2)

Album: (What's the Story) Morning Glory?

The best of Oasis’ instrumentals, they used to open their gigs with this one during the WTSMG-era shows. Short, sweet, pointless, and ranked this high purely for its nostalgic value re the aforementioned shows.

There you have it. The first half of the countdown. I’m surprised I’ve made it this far. Just over 7 weeks to go until the big show, and I’m about ready to explode.

#52 -- It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)

Album: Be Here Now

This song doesn’t get the respect it deserves. I like to think about the last 3 tracks on Be Here Now as a 20-minute long song in themselves – they should be listened to straight through as one. The whole epic is so triumphant – done only as the best rock n roll band in the world could possibly do it – cocky, over-the-top, and balls-out. Listen to the guitar solo in the middle of this and tell me it doesn’t make you want leap out of your chair, then follow it up with the brassy post-orgasmic bliss of the reprised All Around the World. Heaven.