Wonderwall (song)

original song written and composed by Noel Gallagher; first recorded by Oasis

Wonderwall is a single by the rock band Oasis. It was written by Noel Gallagher. Wonderwall comes from (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis's second album. The song also appears on Stop the Clocks and Time Flies... 1994-2009. It was the only song that reached the top 10 in America on the Hot 100 for Oasis. It also reached number 1 in four countries and reached the top 10 in 10 countries.

"Wonderwall"
Single by Oasis
from the album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
B-side
Released30 October 1995 (1995-10-30)
RecordedMay 1995
StudioRockfield (Rockfield, Wales)
Genre
Length
  • 4:19 (album version)
  • 3:48 (radio edit)
LabelCreation
Songwriter(s)Noel Gallagher
Producer(s)
Oasis singles chronology
"Morning Glory"
(1995)
"Wonderwall"
(1995)
"Don't Look Back in Anger"
(1996)
Music video
"Wonderwall" at YouTube
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? track listing

Background change

Noel Gallagher says the song was written about a girl he met at a concert when he was touring with Oasis. It is said that "Wonderwall" was written for Gallagher's then-girlfriend, Meg Mathews. Gallagher now says the song was not about her, but he did say "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."[5]

In 2008 Liam Gallagher said this about the song: "I can't fucking stand that fucking song! Every time I have to sing it I want to gag. Problem is, it was a big, big tune for us."[6] Noel said that Liam, "...thought we had gone too dance when I wrote 'Wonderwall' because the drums didn't go boom-boom bap, boom-boom bap." [7]

Recording change

The song was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales in May of 1995. According to producer Owen Morris, the song was done in 6 to 8 hours.

In the beginning, Noel wanted to sing this song, but he gave his brother Liam Gallagher the choice, and Noel ended up singing "Don't Look Back in Anger". He later said he had only ever wanted to sing "Don't Look Back in Anger", and had used "Wonderwall" as a bargaining tool.[8]

Music video change

The music video to the song was filmed in the short period when bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan quit the band due to nervous exhaustion; Scott McLeod came in to replace him.[9]

The song won Best British Video at the 1996 BRIT Awards.

Awards and recognition change

  • In January 1996, the song was voted #1 in the Australian Triple J Hottest 100 1995, the world's largest music poll.
  • In the Grammy Awards of 1997 "Wonderwall" and Oasis were nominated for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rock Song. They did not win either.[10]
  • In May 2005, "Wonderwall" was voted the best British song of all time in a poll conducted by Virgin Radio.[11]
  • In August 2006, "Wonderwall" was named the second-greatest song of all time in a poll conducted by Q Magazine, finishing behind another Oasis song, "Live Forever".[12]
  • In 2006, U2's guitarist The Edge named "Wonderwall" one of the songs he wishes he had written.[13]
  • In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Wonderwall" at number 27 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.[14]
  • In 20 December 2007, VH1 placed "Wonderwall" at number 35 in its list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s.[15]
  • In July 2009, "Wonderwall" was voted at number #12 in the Hottest 100 of all time countdown poll, conducted by Triple J. More than half a million votes were cast.[16]


Track listings change

All songs written and composed by Noel Gallagher, except where noted. 

UK single
No. Title Length
1. "Wonderwall"   4:18
2. "Round Are Way"   5:42
3. "The Swamp Song"   4:19
4. "The Masterplan"   5:23
Total length:
19:52
US single
No. Title Length
1. "Wonderwall"   4:14
2. "Round Are Way"   5:41
3. "Talk Tonight"   4:11
4. "Rockin' Chair"   4:33
5. "I Am the Walrus (Live Glasgow Cathouse June 1994)" (Written by Lennon–McCartney) 8:14
Total length:
26:53

Personnel change

Charts change

Certifications change

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[74] 11× Platinum 770,000 
Germany (BVMI)[75] 3× Gold 750,000 
Italy (FIMI)[76]
sales since 2009
4× Platinum 280,000 
Mexico (AMPROFON)[77] Gold 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[78] Gold 5,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[79] Gold  
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[80] 2× Platinum 120,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[81] 7× Platinum 4,200,000 
United States (RIAA)[82] Gold 500,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history change

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref(s).
United Kingdom 30 October 1995
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
Creation [83][84]
6 November 1995 12-inch vinyl [85]
United States 14 November 1995 Contemporary hit radio Epic [86]
Japan 23 November 1995 CD [87]

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