Don't Look Back in Anger
|"Don't Look Back in Anger"|
|Single by Oasis|
|from the album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?|
|Released||February 19, 1996|
|Format||CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette|
|Oasis singles chronology|
"Don't Look Back in Anger" is a song by English rock band Oasis. It was released in 1996 as the fourth single from their second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. The song was written by the band's former guitarist and main songwriter, Noel Gallagher. The song became the band's second single to reach #1 in the UK Singles Chart. It also went platinum. "Don't Look Back in Anger" was also the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher.
Release[change | change source]
The B-side "Step Out" was originally intended for the (What's the Story) Morning Glory? album but was taken off after Stevie Wonder requested 10% of the royalties as the chorus like his hit "Uptight (Everything's Alright)". Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy received credit for writing the song along with Noel.
Reception[change | change source]
Don't Look Back in Anger was met with high critical praise and it became a commercial hit.
- Billboard said "Noel Gallagher reveals a deft sense of timing and craft that turn his improprieties into masterful pop gems."
- "Don't Look Back in Anger" is Oasis's sixth biggest Billboard hit in the US, reaching the number 10 spot on the US Modern Rock Chart for the week of June 22, 1996. 
- It was the 10th biggest selling single of 1996 in the UK.
- In a 2006 readers' poll conducted by Q magazine, "Don't Look Back in Anger" was chosen as the 20th best song of all time.
- In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Don't Look Back in Anger" at number 14 in its list of the "50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever".
Charts[change | change source]
|Australia ARIA Singles Chart||19|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||55|
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||10|
Chart procession and succession[change | change source]
"Spaceman" by Babylon Zoo
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
25 February 1996 - 2 March 1996
"How Deep Is Your Love" by Take That
References[change | change source]
- BPI website, Search "Oasis"
- Flick, Larry (1996-06-15), "Singles: Pop". Billboard. 108 (24):74
- Sexton, Paul (2005-08-27), "OASIS". Billboard. 117 (35):36
- "100 Greatest Songs Ever". Q. 2006. http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/qlistspage3.htm#100%20greatest%20songs. Retrieved 2007-09-23.
- "50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever". NME. 2007. http://www.nme.com/news/nme/28059. Retrieved 2007-09-23.