#4 -- Wonderwall

Album: (Whats the Story) Morning Glory

Screw Ryan Adams. His version sucks. There. I said it. And I’ll say it again. I don’t care if Noel seems to like it, Ryan Adams’ cover of Wonderwall sounds ridiculously stupid. Wonderwall’s fame is certainly deserved – even though most of us fans cringe when someone in the media (usually in the states) calls Oasis the “Wonderwall” rockers. That’s probably what they’ll always be remembered for over here. It’s a shame, really.

#5 -- Columbia

Album: Definitley Maybe

The first Oasis magnum opus. There’s an unparalleled euphoria when you hear the first guitar chords in the opening line of Columbia. I have no idea what the song means, or even why it’s called Columbia (maybe because of their country's most notable export?), but “there we were, now here we are” says more than it possibly could have meant when Noel penned it. I’ve turned around to this song in recent years – but I really do love it. I run to it occasionally at the gym – so much energy but none of it artificial or gratuitous. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

#6 -- Rock 'n Roll Star

Album: Definitely Maybe

The ground shook with the first chord. Opening track on the best selling debut album in history (at the time). It couldn’t epitomize the next arrogant, drunken decade of Oasis rock any better. Fitting that the opening track introduces us to Liam’s trademark pronunciation of the word “shine”.

Some interesting statistics I compiled yesterday -- average song ranking on my countdown by album:
Definitely Maybe: 33.5
What's The Story: 33.8
The Masterplan: 51.7
Be Here Now: 52.1
Heathen Chemistry: 56.5
Standing on the Shoulders: 66.7

#7 -- Cigarettes & Alcohol

Album: Definitely Maybe

Rock and Roll, (noun):
1. A genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of Black rhythm-and-blues with White country-and-western.
2. Oasis – Cigarettes & Alcohol

There’s a jukebox system in bars around the country that allows you to search from a library of thousands and thousands of tracks, most of the ones they have are Top 40 and the usual pub crap, but for a little extra it will allow you to download more “obscure” tracks from their online library. If you’re ever at one, and the Familiar to Millions performance of Cigs and Alc is on the machine already, there’s a good chance I’ve been there before you.

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#8 -- D'You Know What I Mean?

Album: Be Here Now

Brillant, saucy, and ass-kicking. I hadn’t seen the video for this one until a couple years ago when I was able to find it on the web, but as I’d been listening to the tune for years, I always pictured something in a warzone with helicopters – pretty close to the actual video. If you can actually make out the lyrics (you’d laugh your ass off if you knew what I initially thought a few of them were), they’re incredibly good. So are all the lyrics on Be Here Now. So good. Beatles good.

#9 -- Some Might Say

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

Oasis first UK number one single, and the only song on WTS that has Tony McCaroll drumming. I think the drum work on this one is phenomenal as a matter of fact. Some Might Say has about the best lyrics I’ve ever heard “Some might say, they don’t believe in heaven/go and tell it to the man who lives in hell” is my all-time favorite. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the chorus though – seems such gibberish compared to the brilliant verses.

#10 -- Stand By Me

Album: Be Here Now

For my money, “Made a meal and threw it up on Sunday” is one of the best song-opening lines I can think of. About being on your own, heading off, having your own space. Beautiful on the album and chilling acoustically.