Oasis (1991–2009 Britpop)

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Previously known as: The Rain (UK, later Oasis)


Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. The group initially consisted of Liam Gallagher (lead vocals), Paul Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass guitar) and Tony McCarroll (drums), with Liam asking his older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar, vocals) to join as a fifth member a few months later to finalise their formation. Noel became the de facto leader of the group and took over the songwriting duties for the band's first four albums. They are characterised as one of the defining and most globally successful groups of the Britpop genre.

Oasis signed to independent record label Creation Records in 1993 and released their record-setting debut album Definitely Maybe (1994), which topped the UK Albums Chart and quickly became the fastest-selling debut album in British history at the time. The following year they recorded (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) with new drummer Alan White, in the midst of a highly publicised chart rivalry with peers Blur. Spending ten weeks at number one on the British charts, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was also an international chart success and became one of the best-selling albums of all time. In addition, it is the fifth-best-selling album in the UK and the biggest-selling album in the UK of the 1990s. The Gallagher brothers featured regularly in tabloid newspapers for their disputes and wild lifestyles. In 1996, Oasis performed two nights at Knebworth for an audience of 125,000 each time, the largest outdoor concerts in UK history at the time. In 1997, Oasis released their third album, Be Here Now. It became the fastest-selling album in UK chart history.

Oasis founding members McGuigan and Arthurs left in 1999 as Oasis released Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000). They were replaced by former Heavy Stereo guitarist Gem Archer and former Ride guitarist Andy Bell. White departed in 2004, replaced by Zak Starkey as a guest drummer and a touring member. Oasis released three more studio albums: Heathen Chemistry (2002), Don't Believe the Truth (2005) and Dig Out Your Soul (2008). The group abruptly disbanded in 2009 after the sudden departure of Noel Gallagher.

As of 2024, Oasis have sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. They are among the most successful acts in the history of the UK Singles Chart and the UK Albums Chart, with eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums. The band also achieved three Platinum albums in the US. They won 17 NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six Brit Awards, including one in 2007 for Outstanding Contribution to Music and one for the "Best Album of the Last 30 Years" for (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. They were also nominated for two Grammy Awards.

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1994Definitely MaybeOasis4.4532
1995(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?Oasis3.9532
1997Be Here NowOasis3.5540
2000Standing on the Shoulder of GiantsOasis3.712
2002Heathen ChemistryOasis3.716
2005Don’t Believe the TruthOasis3.6520
2008Dig Out Your SoulOasis4.116

Album + Compilation

1996(What's the Story) Morning Glory? Complete Singles CollectionOasis4.52
1998The MasterplanOasis3.6516
2006Complete Single Collection ’94–’05Oasis41
2006Stop the ClocksOasis4.314
2008Greatest HitsOasis4.53
2010Time Flies… 1994–2009Oasis4.3512

Album + Spokenword

1997Brothers: From Childhood to Oasis the Real StoryOasis1

Album + Live

19941994-06-24: Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, UKOasis2
1995Live by the SeaOasis4.52
1996…There and ThenOasis4
2000Familiar to MillionsOasis412
2007Lord Don’t Slow Me DownOasis44
2021Knebworth 1996Oasis54
2023Live at BBC Radio 1997Oasis1

Album + Remix + Mixtape/Street

2008OJAYZISCookin’ Soul, Jay‐Z vs Oasis12

Album + Demo

2014Original 1993 DemosOasis1


1994Live ForeverOasis49
1994Cigarettes & AlcoholOasis4.354
1995Some Might SayOasis45
1995Roll With ItOasis43
1995Morning GloryOasis4.52
1995Don’t Look Back in AngerOasis45
1996Champagne SupernovaOasis4.53
1997D’You Know What I Mean?Oasis4.58
1997Stand by MeOasis53
1997All Around the WorldOasis58
1998Don't Go AwayOasis4.51
1999Go Let It OutOasis46
2000Who Feels Love?Oasis3.54
2000Sunday Morning CallOasis44
2001Let There Be LoveOasis4.59
2002The Hindu TimesOasis47
2002Stop Crying Your Heart OutOasis4.58
2002Little by Little / She Is LoveOasis3.510
2005Eyeball TicklerOasis1
2005The Importance of Being IdleOasis48
2007Lord Don’t Slow Me DownOasis4.53
2008The Shock of the LightningOasis45
2008Falling DownOasis46
2008I’m Outta TimeOasis4.55
2024Up in the Sky (Monnow Valley version)Oasis1

Single + Compilation

1996The Singles Collection: Limited Edition, Volume 1Oasis1

Single + Live

1994Columbia (live from Knebworth)Oasis1
2006Cast No Shadow (live from Knebworth ’96)Oasis1
2016My Big Mouth (live at Knebworth Park)Oasis1
2021Live Forever (live at Knebworth)Oasis3
2021Champagne Supernova (live at Knebworth)Oasis3
2021Some Might Say (live at Knebworth, 11 August ’96)Oasis1
2021Wonderwall (live at Knebworth, 10 August ’96)Oasis1
2024Supersonic (live at The Limelight, Belfast – 4th September ’94)Oasis1

Single + Remix

2008Falling Down (Chemical Brothers remix)Oasis41
2008The Shock of the Lightning (Primal Scream remix)Oasis1
2009The Turning (Chew Fu Refix)Oasis1
2016D’You Know What I Mean? (NG’s 2016 Rethink)Oasis1

Single + Demo

2016Don’t Go Away (Mustique demo)Oasis1
2016Angel Child (Mustique Demo)Oasis1
2016Stand by Me (Mustique demo)Oasis1
2020Don’t Stop… (demo)Oasis43


2006Stop the Clocks EPOasis53
2009Boy With the BluesOasis1

EP + Live

2009iTunes Festival: London 2009Oasis1

EP + Remix

2009Falling Down (A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind)Oasis1

Other + Interview

Oasis InterviewsOasis1

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