Wonderwall

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About Wonderwall

"Wonderwall" is a song by the English rock band Oasis, written by the band's lead guitarist and main songwriter Noel Gallagher. The song was produced by Owen Morris and Gallagher for their second studio album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995). According to Gallagher, "Wonderwall" describes "an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself". The song was released as the fourth single from the album in October 1995. "Wonderwall" topped the charts in Australia and New Zealand. The song reached the top ten on another ten charts, including Canada and the United States at number 5 and 8, respectively, as well as number two on both the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart. The single was certified quadruple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. It remains one of the band's most popular songs; on 9 June 2013, it was voted number one on Australian alternative music radio station Triple J's "20 Years of the Hottest 100". Many notable artists have also covered the song, such as rock singer Ryan Adams in 2003, folk singer Cat Power and jazz musician Brad Mehldau in 2008. 


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1999
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Today is gonna be the day
That they're gonna throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you gotta do
I don't believe that anybody
Feels the way I do, about you now

Backbeat, the word was on the street
That the fire in your heart is out
I'm sure you've heard it all before
But you never really had a doubt
I don't believe that anybody
Feels the way I do about you now

And all the roads we have to walk are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
There are many things that I
Would like to say to you but I don't know how

Because maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
And after all, you're my wonderwall

Today was gonna be the day
But they'll never throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you're not to do
I don't believe that anybody
Feels the way I do, about you now

And all the roads that lead you there are winding
And all the lights that light the way are blinding
There are many things that I
Would like to say to you but I don't know how

I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
And after all, you're my wonderwall

I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
And after all, you're my wonderwall

I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
you're gonna be the one that saves me
you're gonna be the one that saves me

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Oasis

Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (lead vocals, tambourine), Paul Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass guitar), and Tony McCarroll (drums). Upon returning to Manchester, Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar, vocals) joined as a fifth member, which formed the band's core and settled line-up. During the course of their existence, they had various line-up changes, though the Gallagher brothers remained as the staple members. more »

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Written by: Noel Gallagher

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10 facts about this song

Original Release
“Wonderwall” was originally released by Oasis in 1995 as the third single from their second album "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?".
Chart Success - Oasis Version
The song made it to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart and number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Oasis's most successful single in the United States.
Composition
The song was written by Noel Gallagher, the band's lead guitarist, and was produced by Owen Morris and Gallagher himself.
Acoustic Resonance
The song is well known for its powerful acoustic guitar riff.
Awards and Recognition - Oasis Version
“Wonderwall” was voted the best British song ever by a 2004 Virgin Radio poll and won Best British Single at the 1996 Brit Awards.
Cultural Influence
Over the years, the term 'Wonderwall', referring to an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself, has entered common usage in pop culture.
Ryan Adams' Cover
In 2003, American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams released a cover version of the song which also became quite popular.
Unique Interpretation - Ryan Adams' Version
Ryan Adams’ version of the song is much slower and more melancholic than the original, featuring soft acoustic guitar strokes and strained vocals.
Awards and Recognition - Ryan Adams' Version
Ryan Adams's cover was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.
Approval by Original Creator
Noel Gallagher, the original songwriter, has stated in interviews that he prefers Adams's version of the song to his own, even going so far as to perform the song in the Adams' style in his solo concerts.

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