Sure, you know the hits like “Wonderwall”, “Champagne Supernova” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, but did you know that behind those hits are tons of musical gems just waiting to be discovered? The Oasis catalog is filled with awesome b-sides and album tracks, and in honor of Liam and Noel’s upcoming solo albums, I decided to take a look back at some amazing songs from their career. Here are 15 Awesome Oasis Songs You Never Knew Existed!
The b-sides from the “Definitely Maybe” era have a certain rawness to them that the band never really replicated later in their career. “Cloudburst” is an upbeat rocker that will get your toe tapping and could have made the album if the band wanted it to.
2. I Am The Walrus (Live)
It’s no surprise that Oasis were huge Beatles fans, and they paid tribute a few times on record. This live rendition is awesome and is notorious for the fact that the band was drunk when they recorded it.
It’s not often that you get to hear the Gallagher brothers sing a duet together. Sure, they harmonized all the time, but this is a call and response tune unlike anything else in the Oasis catalog. Liam sings the verse, Noel sings the chorus.
4. The Swamp Song
Oasis have a few blistering instrumentals, and this is one of them. This song is a barrage of loud guitars, drums, and harmonica that the band used to use as an opener during the “Morning Glory” era. Instrumentals don’t get much better than this. PLAY IT LOUD.
5. Stay Young
I love this song just for the sheer positivity and happiness it brings when I listen to it. One thing Oasis never got enough credit for was their ability to write songs that were uplifting and made you feel AWESOME.
There are many cover versions of this David Bowie classic out there, but none are as powerful as the Oasis version. Featured on the “D’You Know What I Mean” single from 1997, this features one of Noel’s most heartfelt vocals.
7. I Got The Fever
When it comes to Oasis b-sides, there are certain songs that every fan loves, like “Acquiesce” or “Talk Tonight” or “Fade Away”, but no one ever mentions this one! The “Be Here Now” era gave us some of the band’s rockiest b-sides, and I love this tune!
8. Going Nowhere
In addition to awesome rockers, the “Be Here Now” era also gave us some amazing Noel-sung numbers. This song is pure bliss, with a beautiful horn section and another stellar melancholy melody from Noel.
I meant it when I said the “Be Here Now” era of Oasis history has many unsung gems, here’s another one!
10. Thank You For The Good Times
This song was written by neither Liam or Noel, it was written by bassist Andy Bell, one of his first songwriting efforts for Oasis. Andy proved with this tune that he knew how to write an Oasis classic just as well as the Gallagher bros!
11. My Generation
Another stellar cover from the Oasis songbook, this time from The Who. Liam has the perfect voice for the snarl and sneer needed for this tune.
12. Eyeball Tickler
Just like his bandmate Andy Bell, guitarist Gem Archer also knew how to write an Oasis classic. This one comes from the “Lyla” single in 2005, and it’s one of the hardest rocking tunes in the Oasis catalog. Put this on and tell me you don’t want to take on the world!
13. Pass Me Down The Wine
Noel gets credit for writing most of the best Oasis songs, but his brother Liam knew how to write some pretty darn good ones too. It’s with songs like this that you could see Liam’s potential for a successful solo career.
14. Lord Don’t Slow Me Down
This is the type of song that Oasis never got credit for writing. They often got labelled for writing ballads like “Wonderwall” but they made their reputation based on rocking harder and louder than other bands, and they got the songs to prove it.
15. I Believe In All
Another gem written by Liam as a bonus track for the band’s last studio album, 2008’s “Dig Out Your Soul”. This takes the groove of “Radar Love” and turns it up to 11!