Thursday, June 01, 2006

Definitely Not

British vote Oasis album best of all

I have my doubts that any Oasis album could be the best album ever--and I was, at one time, one of their biggest fans. I think my overwhelming affection for their underwhelming third album, Be Here Now, which came out the week I started college, was directly responsible for the rancor between me and my first roommate. Well, that and the underlying sexual tension of a gay man who isn't out even to himself living with a guy who has already caught the scent of difference and suspects that he's being watched when he changes.

Anyhow...the Brits have chosen Definitely Maybe, the first Oasis album, as the best of all time. But it isn't even the band's best! What's the Story (Morning Glory) takes that honor, both for reasons of sentiment (it was my first experience of the band) and quality. DM may be a more exciting first listen, but WTSMG is the one that lasts.

Still, it's not a bad list overall. I'm always happy with a top ten of which I own nine (I'm a bit young to have gotten excited about the Stone Roses in their day):

1. "Definitely Maybe," Oasis.
2. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," The Beatles.
3. "Revolver," The Beatles.
4. "OK Computer," Radiohead.
5. "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" Oasis.
6. "Nevermind," Nirvana.
7. "The Stone Roses," The Stone Roses.
8. "Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd.
9. "The Queen Is Dead," The Smiths.
10. "The Bends," Radiohead.


McKenzie said...

I find it a little suspect that so many artists appear twice in one top ten list.

Richard said...

Keep in mind that the three bands that appear twice (The Beatles, Oasis, and Radiohead) are widely thought of in Britain as the three best bands the country has produced. An American list would probably look very different!