It’s been 21 years since Oasis released Wonderwall as a single from their second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory.
It’s fair to say the song has become iconic in British music and is one of the defining songs of the Britpop era.
It might be surprising to know that it only reached number two in the UK, though it did climb to the top spot in several other countries, including Australia, Spain and New Zealand.
Noel Gallagher himself spoke to loaded back in the October 1995 issue of the mag to discuss (What’s the Story) Morning Glory track-by-track. During that chat he told us exactly what the song is about.
“When we had a couple of weeks off from the studio, I wrote this when I got back. It’s about my girlfriend because she had just lost her job and didn’t have any money and all the rest of it. I was going to sing it but then our kid insisted on singing it and he started sulking and all that,” he explained.
“So I said, ‘Well, you either sing this or Don’t Look Back In Anger, you can’t sing both because I want to sing one of them.’ He went for this one. It’s whatever feels right. If I feel that I can sing the song better than our kid, then I say I’ll sing that.
“We usually then get into a row about it and I say, you know where this is leading don’t we, so save yourself a lot of time and energy and go and make the tea.”
Since its release in 1995, the song has been covered multiple times – the most popular being Ryan Adams’s 2003 version.
The song’s title is a loose nod to Wonderwall Music, the soundtrack album to the 1968 film Wonderwall, composed by George Harrison. Both Gallagher brothers are notoriously huge Beatles fans.
Whether you love or hate it, it can’t be denied that the tune has etched itself into the very foundations of British music history.
It’ll continue to be sung drunkenly at 2am by groups of men on the lash for years to come.