Guess who topped and just about dominated Radio X’s Best British Songs poll. It’s not tough. Yep, you probably guessed it, Oasis!
Not only did the outspoken Mancunians win the poll with Wonderwall – again, you could’ve put your mortgage on that finishing top (or your student loan, if you’ve got any of it left) – they also finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th with Don’t Look Back In Anger, Champagne Supernova and Live Forever.
Although, even that didn’t please Noel Gallagher. He commented on the poll in probably the most Noel Gallagher way possible. He told Radio X, “The fact that there wasn’t one single Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds song in the top 20 makes think the whole thing is a mockery of an unreliable sham!” – there’s just no pleasing the man!
In fact, Manchester completely dominated the top five with The Stone Roses finishing in fifth place with I Am The Resurrection – its most likely the longest song to make the list as well at 8:31 minutes long, that’s bang for your buck. Not really a shock though considering the radio stations Manchester roots.
— Radio X (@RadioX) March 30, 2016
In a poll where over 50,000 people voted, the North of England won the age-old North versus South divide. Oasis’ famous Britpop rivals, Blur only managed two songs in the entire top 100 with Parklife at 34th and Song 2 at 47th.
Is that the final say on arguably (yet definitely) England’s best band rivalry? Maybe it is, but I imagine the Gallagher brothers and co would’ve much preferred to win the battle to number one of the charts back in 1995, when Oasis were pipped to the post by Blur’s Country House at the height of the Britpop era – ironically none of the songs in question here finished in the top 100, the other being Roll With It).
Another shock came in the form of everyone’s favourite Queen song, Bohemian Rhapsody , not even making the top 10. It wasn’t far off at 12th, but with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie, The Verve and Rolling Stones making up the rest of the top 10 where were they going to fit? I mean, even The Beatles didn’t get into the top 10 either, there highest spot was Hey Jude at 13th.
So, until next time, Oasis have the last word. Or – definitely maybe Noel has the last word…
“What can I say? The people have spoken”.