(What's the Story) Morning Glory?

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(What's the Story) Morning Glory? is the second album by British rock band Oasis, first released in October 1995. The album was a worldwide hit, reaching #1 in the United Kingdom and #4 in the United States, and selling 18.5 million copies worldwide. The album was produced by Owen Morris and remains the second biggest selling album of all time in the UK and worldwide by a British artist.

The Battle of Britpop

For many people (What's the Story) Morning Glory? represents the epitome of the Britpop movement. The year before its release, Britain's two biggest bands, Blur and Oasis, had released massively successful albums and had begun making inroads in the United States. However, the two bands constantly attacked each other in the media.

Things came to a head when Oasis and Blur decided to release the first single from their highly anticipated albums on the same day, August 14 1995. This event caused a media sensation that extended beyond the music industry to the point where the bands were regularly mentioned on the evening news.

The challenge was dubbed The Battle Of Britpop and was considered a fight between the gritty, working class Oasis and the artsy, middle class Blur. Blur's "Country House" single sold 274,000 copies to Oasis' 216,000 copies of "Roll With It".

However, in the end, Oasis' album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was far more successful than Blur's The Great Escape. In Britain and Ireland it became habit when asked "What's the story?" (lit. "How are you?"), to answer with "Morning glory". In the UK, it spent over three times as long on the charts (a total of three years) and outsold Blur's album 13x platinum vs. 3x platinum. Oasis' album is hailed as the essence of Britpop for its impact on mainstream society, debt to 1960s music, and bloated, anthemic nature.

Despite often being cited as inferior to Oasis' debut album, in 1997 Morning Glory was named the 5th greatest album of all time in a 'Music of the Millennium' poll conducted by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. In 1998 Q magazine readers placed it at number 8.

The album has remained highly popular for almost a decade, returning to the UK album charts in May 2005 at number 50.

Track listing

  1. "Hello"
  2. "Roll With It"
  3. "Wonderwall"
  4. "Don't Look Back in Anger"
  5. "Hey Now!"
  6. .
  7. "Some Might Say"
  8. "Cast No Shadow"
  9. "She's Electric"
  10. "Morning Glory"
  11. .
  12. "Champagne Supernova"
  • The untitled tracks are short mixes of a b-side called "The Swamp Song".
  • "Bonehead's Bank Holiday" appears as the eighth track on the vinyl version of the album.

Chart positions

Album - Billboard (USA)

Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard 200 4

Singles - Billboard (USA)

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "Morning Glory" Modern Rock Tracks 24
1995 "Wonderwall" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
1995 "Wonderwall" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1996 "Champagne Supernova" Adult Top 40 33
1996 "Champagne Supernova" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8
1996 "Champagne Supernova" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1996 "Champagne Supernova" Top 40 Mainstream 10
1996 "Don't Look Back in Anger" Modern Rock Tracks 10
1996 "Don't Look Back in Anger" The Billboard Hot 100 55
1996 "Don't Look Back in Anger" Top 40 Mainstream 33
1996 "Wonderwall" Adult Top 40 30
1996 "Wonderwall" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 17
1996 "Wonderwall" The Billboard Hot 100 8
1996 "Wonderwall" Top 40 Mainstream 10


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