Wonderwall is greatest song of decade

Oasis hit Wonderwall was today named the greatest song of the past decade in a poll to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Virgin Records

Oasis hit Wonderwall was today named the greatest song of the past decade in a poll to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Virgin Records.

Oasis also came fourth in the countdown of the top 100 songs since the station’s launch with the track Don’t Look Back In Anger.

Listeners who voted opted for introspective, melancholic tunes to take the upper places.

And there was even more misery in sixth position with Radiohead’s song of self-loathing Creep, whose chorus famously consists of the lines: “I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo – What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here.”

Chart-topper Wonderwall was a number two hit in 1995, notoriously kept off the top of the charts by Robson And Jerome’s I Believe.

It was initially assumed to be about guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher’s ex-wife Meg Mathews.

He has since said it was about an imaginary friend.

The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony which the band based on an orchestral version of The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time was runner-up.

REM came third with Everybody Hurts.

Oasis scored three tracks in the top 20 with another 1995 tracks Whatever coming in at 14.

Red Hot Chili Peppers also managed a hat trick in the top 20, the highest being By The Way at number seven.

Listeners were asked to choose their favourite track from a shortlist of the ten from each of the last ten years.

Virgin Radio Breakfast DJ Pete Mitchell said: “There were some great songs to choose from and its no surprise that Oasis ended up with two songs in the top four.

“They are the definitive British artist of the last 10 years and despite their failings they are still held close to people’s hearts.”

He added: “The top five proves Britain’s love of introspective, melancholic tunes.

“It seems to be a reflection of the nation’s personality – either that or the fact it rains alot.”

He and co-host Geoff Lloyd announced the top tracks on their show this morning ,and the full top ten is being played by drivetime host Daryl Denham.

Virgin switched on AM broadcasts nationally ten years ago this week. The first track played was a specially recorded INXS cover of Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild.

Top 20:

1. Oasis – Wonderwall

2. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

3. REM – Everybody Hurts

4. Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger

5. Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me

6. Radiohead – Creep

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way

8. Blur – Parklife

9. Stereophonics – The Bartender And The Thief

10. Coldplay – Trouble

11. Coldplay – In My Place

12. Manic Street Preachers – Design For Life

13. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

14. Oasis – Whatever

15. Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train

16. The Strokes – Last Nite

17. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away

18. Blur – Song 2

19. U2 – Beautiful Day

20. Pulp – Common People

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