This British Song Has Just Been Voted The Best Of All Time

Oasis have five songs in the top 10
Oasis have five songs in the top 10 | © Carlos Castilla/Shutterstock
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Music Editor9 April 2018

Oasis’ hit song ‘Live Forever’ has been voted the best British song ever.

The indie band’s single from their 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe topped a poll by Radio X replacing last year’s number one, Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

Oasis dominated the top 10 with a total of five songs including ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ at number 3, ‘Wonderwall’ at number 6, ‘Slide Away’ at number 7 and ‘Champagne Supernova’ at number 9.

Noel Gallagher responded to the news saying: ‘I have always tried to aim higher than I think is possible. Some people try to be bigger or better than their contemporaries or their predecessors…

‘Me? I’m just trying to be better than myself, which as we now know is virtually impossible.’

Matt Deverson, the managing editor of Radio X, added: ‘This year, we see Oasis take the number one spot in a Top 100 that features truly great British tunes from across the decades.

‘The release of ‘Live Forever’ in 1994 heralded the arrival of an era-defining debut album from one of the country’s greatest bands – it was a hugely exciting moment for British music.

‘It’s a very special song and within the past year we have seen it resonate with even more poignancy as a much-loved Manchester anthem.’

The rest of the top 10 includes The Stone Roses’ ‘I Am the Resurrection’ at number 4, The Verve’s ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ at number 5, The Smiths’ ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’ at number 8 and Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ at number 10.

The poll has upset music fans online who have criticised it for not including any women and only two artists of colour in its shortlist of 100 tracks.

Radio X’s top 20

1. Oasis – ‘Live Forever’
2. Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
3. Oasis – ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’
4. The Stone Roses – ‘I Am the Resurrection’
5. The Verve – ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’
6. Oasis – ‘Wonderwall’
7. Oasis – ‘Slide Away’
8. The Smiths – ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’
9. Oasis – ‘Champagne Supernova’
10. Arctic Monkeys – ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’
11. The Stone Roses – ‘I Wanna Be Adored’
12. David Bowie – ‘Heroes’
13. Arctic Monkeys – ‘A Certain Romance’
14. David Bowie – ‘Life On Mars?’
15. Led Zeppelin – ‘Stairway To Heaven’
16. Pulp – ‘Common People’
17. Pink Floyd – ‘Wish You Were Here’
18. The Rolling Stones – ‘Gimme Shelter’
19. The Stone Roses – ‘She Bangs The Drums’
20. The Courteeners – ‘Not Nineteen Forever’

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