The Britpop hit “Wonderwall” is generally reserved these days for late night karaoke and amateur open mic nights. When Oasis released the song in 1995, it was one of the biggest and most successful British tunes of all time — and certainly one of the more recognizable. As the years passed, the song was mercilessly overplayed and nearly strangled to death by alternative radio. In fact, even Liam Gallagher, Oasis’ lead singer, despises the song.
“I can’t fucking stand that fucking song,” he said. “Every time I have to sing it I want to gag. Problem is, it was a big, big tune for us. You go to America and they’re like, ‘Are you Mr. Wonderwall?’ You want to chin someone.”
Now, as rumors swirl surrounding a possible Oasis reunion, it’s worth revisiting “Wonderwall,” and to recognize, 20 years on, how incredible it really is.