Oasis – Every Album Ranked And Rated

Music / July 14, 2020
by Olivia Mannix

Oasis formed in 1991, with the legendary Liam Gallagher as their vocalist, guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, bassist Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll. Oasis was later joined by guitarist Noel Gallagher. The Gallagher brothers and the band took the world by storm, churning out a selection of albums that have become a huge part of Britpop history. In this post, we will be ranking their studio albums which well and truly shaped a generation. 

1. Definitely Maybe (1994)

In 1994, Oasis burst onto the music scene and dropped this absolute stonker. Coming from a typical Manchester housing estate, for these Northern blokes, it was rock ‘n’ roll or back to the building site. The band set out to make waves at the start of the 90s Britpop era, and their passion throbbed throughout every track on this outstanding album. Definitely Maybe begins with ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ – an absolute belter which shows the ambition to escape a less than average life really was there right from the start. Going on to ‘Live Forever’ and ‘Supersonic’, these tunes were made to be sung with your mates, whether you’re on your way to an afternoon match or bouncing around a nightclub at 3am. A final highlight has to be ‘Slide Away’, a stunning love song with a prominent Manchester-inspired ambiance. Not only are the tunes incredible, but the album artwork has become one of the most recognisable covers of all time. It is safe to say that the cover confirms that Oasis really knew how to organise an album for maximum impact.  Every song has a story and has the ability to take your breath away, and this is why we are placing it in the top spot. 

2. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (1995) 

Coming in 2nd place, we have the iconic (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?. In the summer of 1995, ‘Roll With It’ was released as a single – a teaser for what was about to come. In October of that year, Morning Glory? hit the shelves and yet again, the world went crazy. The album managed to reach Number 1 in the charts across the globe, as the band formed a solid fan base spanning from the UK and Ireland, to Australia, Canada, Sweden and Switzerland. The band radiated Cool Britannia as they combined music inspiration from virtually every era to create the ultimate Madchester album. Starting off with ‘Hello’, Morning Glory? screams classic Oasis. Going through this album, it is clear to see that it contains some of the best Oasis tunes, including ‘Hey Now’, ‘Morning Glory’, ‘Cast No Shadow’ and finally closing with an anthem – ‘Champagne Supernova’. However, we cannot talk about this album and not mention ‘Wonderwall’, one of the most famously relatable songs in musical history. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? is very reflective and emits an element of nostalgia, as if they knew that the work that went into their first 2 albums was going to be hard to match. 

3. The Masterplan (1998)

OK, OK, we know that this pick isn’t an official studio album, but it is too good not to mention. The Masterplan, released back in November of 1998, features B-sides which never made it onto the band’s first 3 albums. The Masterplan was a tactic to help Oasis with their world domination and from the get-go, it was a total blessing – housing some of the most incredible Oasis tunes. We’re talking ‘Acquiesce’, ‘Talk Tonight’, ‘Rockin’ Chair’ and so many more. We’ve also got ‘Half The World Away’, one of the most recognisable Oasis songs, seen on TV as the theme tune for The Royale Family. After the band’s first 3 albums, AKA the Oasis trilogy, Noel was keen to revamp their sound. The Masterplan is a sort of victory lap, which shows their classic chime and incredible talent. The Masterplan is guaranteed to give you goosebumps and leaves you wondering, how did these tracks never make it onto an album? That’s why we have put it in 3rd place.

4. Be Here Now (1997)

Next, we have Oasis’ 3rd studio album Be Here Now. Be Here Now is the final album in the fabled Oasis trilogy and it shook the music industry back in 1997. A new decade was on the horizon but the definitive and unbeatable Oasis sound was not ready to be put to bed. Expectations were high after the success of Definitely Maybe and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? – the band’s first 2 albums, which had provided a plethora of songs the world would never forget. Before it’s release, the suspense was unbearable, with every element of the new album being under wraps. And then came ‘D’You Know What I Mean?’ – the single that we had all been anticipating. Going through the album, the tracklist starts off big with the legendary 7 minute single leading the way. It’s pure genius. Play it loud! Going into the album we’ve got ‘My Big Mouth’ which shows off LG’s confidence in his band. Stand out tracks have to be ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Don’t Go Away’ – heartfelt and meaningful, highlighting the band’s true artistry. For us, Be Here Now consists of Madchester bangers alongside characteristic opinions and genuinely meaningful expressions of emotion and concern. The message is simple; be here now and the rest will take care of itself. This is an album not to be missed.

5. Dig Out Your Soul (2008)

In 5th place we have the final Oasis album, Dig Out Your Soul, which sprung on to the shelves 12 years ago. How time flies eh? Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, this album was and still is, a breath of fresh air. In 2008 the band was older, wiser and presented a renewed sound for the world to hear. It was what we had been waiting for – something new, something different, yet something that was going to be a classic. Dig Out Your Soul felt youthful and took us back to the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ days, and most importantly showed us that Oasis still had it almost 20 years into their career. The album opens with ‘Bag It Up’ which is a belter with a gritty rock feel. Going on with the rest of the album, highlights for us include ‘The Shock Of Lightning’, ‘I’m Outta Time’ and ‘To Be Where There’s Life’. Liam’s voice is angelic and captures each tune perfectly, but also contrasts with a terrace-chant feeling where the crowd would definitely get involved. Closing with ‘Soldier On’, a relaxed psychedelic march, Dig Out Your Soul comes to a satisfying close but also arguably foreshadows the fate of Oasis, and the Gallagher brothers’ pending solo careers. 

6. Heathen Chemistry (2002)

At number 6, we have picked Heathen Chemistry, which in our opinion is pretty decent. When this album was released in the summer of 2002, it divided fans, with some saying it was the worst Oasis album to date. However, we believe that this album returns to the band’s original form, with a real 90s vibe. Despite its controversy, the album shot to number 1 in the UK charts and provided a ‘back to the basics’ sort of sound. Opening with ‘The Hindu Times’ the album starts off strong with Liam’s gritty vocals and Noel’s iconic riffs. There is an optimistic feel to Heathen Chemistry as the tracks unfold, moving forward with ‘Little By Little’ and ‘Songbird’. As the band left bad habits behind, it is as though they are saying goodbye to a former life that was stocked full with ups and downs. This was the album in which we believe Liam’s songwriting talent began to shine through. Again, material lyrics really encapsulated us, and this early noughties album was, in our eyes, a sophisticated success.

7. Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants (2000)

Next up we have the 4th studio album from Oasis, Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants. Oasis are well-known for their album titles, but this one really stands out. It refers to using knowledge to make progress – implying that the band was entering into this album with a stronger and wiser mindset. However, with 2 members down, the band’s first album of the new millennium was, quite literally, on the shoulders of Noel, Liam, Alan and a selection of session musicians. Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants is a bit of an underdog, as we feel it brought the 20th century into the 21st, with an almost 80s classic rock edge – something that was completely different from what Oasis had done before. The album begins with the iconic drum beats featured on ‘F*ckin’ In The Bushes’… what a tune. Then comes an absolute belter, ‘Go Let It Out’, – a classic featuring a funky little baseline and an impressive guitar riff that you can’t help but sing along to. Sometimes a bit of hit and miss, this is an album you’ve got to be in the mood for. But it is something that is a bit different and we think it really shows off the versatility that Oasis could deliver. 

8. Don’t Believe The Truth (2005)

Finally, we have Don’t Believe The Truth, which in our opinion is one of the most fragile Oasis albums. During a rocky few years with the band, this album was curveball as we unexpectedly saw a sharper and occasionally experimental version of Oasis. Released in May 2005, Don’t Believe The Truth feels as though it was written for touring, with the original Oasis magic that was seen from Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory? MIA. The passion the band once had seemed to have dispersed and this was a tough album to digest. The pace of Don’t Believe The Truth feels slow as the tracks begin ‘Turn Up The Sun’, but as the tune kicks in, your heart can’t help but skip a beat. As seen in a couple of their other albums, The Beatles were a big influence for Oasis. In fact, an honorary Beatle joined them for this record – Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr’s son. Pretty cool right? As impactful as his debut was, this album definitely did not compare to anything produced by the Liverpool legends. Thankfully, the album houses a couple of great tunes including ‘Lyla’, ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’ and ‘Let There Be Love’. It’s a good album, but simply a stepping stone in comparison to the rest. This is why we have put it in 8th place.

And that’s it, every Oasis album ranked and rated. What’s your favourite?

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