Ranked: Oasis

By: Adrian Woods, Contributor

Oasis was one of the biggest bands of the 1990s. The legacy they left can be seen in the many influences you see in modern music today. Although, it looks like we’ll never get an Oasis reunion due to the rivalry between the Gallagher brothers. With this year being 25 years since “Be Here Now“, I thought it would be fun to look back at the band’s discography and rank their albums.

8. “Don’t Believe The Truth” (2005)

Oasis’s second to last album is a bit of a mess. For the first time, Liam Gallagher’s voice sounds off and does not mesh well with the tone of the album. There are a few gems here like “Turn Up The Sun ” and “Lyla,” but this album lacks really any interesting riffs, or memorable songwriting. The inclusion of Ringo Starr‘s son Zak Starkey on the drums added nothing really to the album as a whole. Overall there’s very little from this album that made a real effect on Oasis’s legacy.

7. “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants” (2000)

Something I admire about Oasis is that after the 90’s the albums they released each had a sort of unique sound to each of them. However, not all of them stick the landing in doing so successfully. The opener “Fuckin’ In The Bushes” is a bit of a taste of what the rest of the album will sound like, and it’s not the best introduction to the album. Lots of songs feel low energy, and instrumentally and production wise are kind of all over the place. “Who Feels Love?” has these weird synths fading in and out of the song making it sloppy sounding. However, there are a solid amount of good songs on the album as well. “Gas Panic!” is probably the best song on the album, with its beginning acoustic section transitioning into a heavy rock song. “Go Let It Out” sounds like a way better album opener than the one that’s actually on the album. Besides the few positives on the album, the negatives unfortunately outweigh them.

6. “Heathen Chemistry” (2002)

With the Britpop era coming to an end, Oasis tried to keep up with the times with “Heathen Chemistry,” and the results were pretty good. Even with this album being front loaded with the best songs at the beginning, it doesn’t make those songs not memorable or the album a bad listen. The opener “The Hindu Times” is the band stepping out of their comfort zone staying away from Britpop, and it’s a great song to kick off the album. “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” is one of the band’s best songs, “Songbird” is a nice acoustic ballad, and one of the few songs Liam Gallagher wrote. By no means is this album great, but the album has enough to make it an enjoyable listen.

5. “Dig Out Your Soul” (2008)

The final album in the Oasis discography is an underrated one for sure. Their last album is a fresh new sound for the band production wise, and they hit the nail on the head with it. “The Shock Of The Lightning” was a song Oasis heavily promoted for the album, and it’s a great heavy rock song. “I’m Outta Time” is without a doubt the best song that Gallagher wrote. The closer, “Soldier On,” is a bit of a sad ending considering it would be the last song on the band’s last album. It’s hard to say, but this may be Oasis’s most underrated album and it was a fine album for the band to end on (for now?).

4. “Be Here Now” (1997)

“Be Here Now” is an interesting one to talk about, because the highs on this album are really high, but the few lows are really low. The lows are few enough to make it still a very enjoyable listen. “D’You Know What I Mean” is a great intense album opener, “All Around The World” sounds like the band’s version of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” with its repeated lyrics and instrumentation. “Stand By Me” is a great anthem. Yet, “Magic Pie” is one of the band’s worst songs. You can definitely tell a difference in sound compared to the band’s first two albums, both with much cleaner production, which does not work in the favor of some of the songs on this album. Although, this also has some of the bands most underrated songs on here, “It’s Gettin’ Better (Man!!)” and “I Hope, I Think, I Know” are highly under-appreciated tracks. A solid record that is worth a listen, even if you have to get through some rough spots.

3. “The Masterplan” (1998)

Noel Gallagher once stated that he regrets that “The Masterplan” is a B-Sides album, and to his point, it shouldn’t have been. This album feels so much like Oasis’s first two albums it’s crazy it’s not a studio album of theirs. The first song “Acquiesce” is a kick ass opener with the Gallagher brothers singing along to each other. “Talk Tonight” is a nice ballad after two heavy hitting songs like “Acquiesce” and “Underneath The Sky”. The live cover of The Beatles song “I Am The Walrus” gives the song an almost metal like feel to it, a great spin to the song. “Listen Up” is one of the best songs on the album and one of the band’s best songs with it being reminiscent of songs like “Supersonic” and “Live Forever,” but that combination works so well on the song. The closer, “The Masterplan,” is one of the best Oasis have to offer in terms of storytelling, and the scale and magnitude of it makes it worthy to end the album. The fact that so many of these songs could be A sides for other bands shows the amount of stardom Oasis had.

2. “Definitely, Maybe” (1994)

One of the best debut rock albums of all time, “Definitely, Maybe,” gave the rock genre an adrenaline shot it was not ready for. From the first song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”, it starts off with a bang and gives a good picture for what the rest of the album has to offer. Oasis is telling us they’re rock stars and there is nothing you can do about it. Songs from this album have become iconic (maybe one might call it, “Biblical”), like “Live Forever,” a song that Liam Gallagher said is his favorite song by the band. “Supersonic” is one of the many songs on the album that made waves that got the ball rolling for Oasis. “Shakermaker” is not only one of the band’s more underrated songs, but one of their absolute best. Even with the band’s clear influences of The Beatles, The Smiths, and The Stone Roses, no band out there sounded like Oasis, and “Definitely, Maybe” was the moment that Oasis had arrived.

1. “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” (1995)

An album that is filled to the brim with iconic song after iconic song, “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” is Oasis somehow topping their near perfect debut album with even better songwriting, great instrumentation and a more hungrier energy. Vocally, it’s Liam Gallagher’s best as he nails the vocal notes with a great energy on songs like “Roll With It,” “Morning Glory” and “Some Might Say.” They’re also major rockers, but like the last album, this song is packed with biblical tunes. “Hello” is a great opener that basically says hello to the audience and prepares us for the album that’s to come. “Wonderwall” you’ve heard a million times with its earworm guitar riff and sing-along lyrics, “Don’t Look Back In Anger” is one of the best songs to come out of the nineties and “Champagne Supernova” is one of the best album closers of all time. Overall, “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory” was Oasis at their very peak.

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