The next song I have selected for my 90’s Alternative list is Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis from 1996. For me, this just slightly beats out Wonderwall (probably because it is slightly more obscure) as the Oasis song I chose for this list. This song was voted the 4th most popular single of the last 60 years by the UK public and was the first Oasis song to feature Noel Gallagher on vocals instead of his brother, Liam. Noel said that he was influenced by writers such as John Lennon and David Bowie when writing this song (granted, I think those two inspire quite a few people).
I think Oasis is one of the bands that is most synonymous with 90’s Alternative, or at least, one of the most common examples people think of. I feel like almost everyone from my generation at least knows the song Wonderwall. Oasis had some really wonderful tunes, which often featured great choruses that were easy and enjoyable to sing along with. Don’t Look Back in Anger is no exception, with a chorus that feels strong and almost anthemic and always makes me want to sing along (and was named one of NME’s ’50 Most Explosive Choruses’). The song features some solid, though not overly complex, guitar work that keeps the momentum of the song going and provides the listener with a couple memorable rifts, especially the guitar solos featured in the middle and end of the song. Finally, the fade out right before the song concludes, which largely features just vocals, gives the song an appropriate conclusion that leaves listeners with a sense of melancholy but also a sense of a definite ending.
Unfortunately turmoil in the band eventually tore Oasis apart, but luckily we still have their great songs (and every once in a while the small promise of them getting back together).
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