Wonderwall by Oasis leads the UK’s Official Top 50 best-selling Britpop songs

As revealed by BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley on a special programme celebrating all things Britpop.

Oasis have been crowned the Kings of Britpop as BBC Radio 2 unveiled Official Top 50 Britpop Songs, counting down the UK’s best-selling Britpop songs of the 90s.

Using exclusive data from the Official Charts Company, Wonderwall by Oasis - a Number 2 hit in 1995 - tops the list at Number 1 with sales of 1.4 million, followed by their 1996 chart-topper Don’t Look Back in Anger in second place with 1.02m sales. The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony, which topped out at Number 2 in 1997, takes the bronze medal with 773,000 sales.

Other notable Top 10 entries include Cornershop's 1997 Number 1 Brimful of Asha (634,000 sales) and, of course, the iconic Blur vs. Oasis chart battle; once again Blur's Country House - with 559,000 sales to date - finishes just ahead of Oasis' Roll With It at 550,000.

Jo Whiley said: "This chart has taken me back to the glory days of the Evening Session and a time when Britpop ruled the Airwaves. It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years!

"Wonderwall has always been a special song to many people so I’m not surprised it’s at Number 1 – it’s an enormous anthem. The whole chart has brought back so many memories of brilliant songs and bands from a very special time in British pop music.”

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Oasis dominate the list, making up one quarter of the entries in the Top 50. The Manchester band were not the only act to have more than one hit in the Top 50 however - Blur prove almost as prolific with seven entries in the rundown, while The Verve, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, Stereophonics and Kula Shaker tie with a hat-trick of appearances each.

The chart, compiled by the Official Charts Company features some of music's biggest stars including Pulp, Catatonia, Manic Street Preachers and Shampoo. 

The Top 50 is compiled from lifetime UK physical and download sales of Britpop tracks released in the 1990s. Between them, the songs in the Top 50 account for 17 million sales to date.

Jeff Smith, Head of Music, Radio 2, says: “BBC Radio 2 plays the best of the best pop music, and our Britpop chart features universally loved, singalong pop hits that really do stand the test of time. So whether you were bought Blur, Oasis or both, this is a few hours of music just for you.” 

Martin Talbot, Official Charts Company chief executive says: “This specially-compiled Britpop countdown is the perfect way to spend August Bank Holiday - a step back in time to the Official Charts of the ‘90s and an iconic era for British pop music. With Wonderwall emerging victorious on this occasion, that surely makes it 1-1 now in the great Blur V Oasis chart battle…right?” 

The three-hour special on Radio 2 also featured popular tracks that didn’t make the chart, from acts including Echobelly, Elastica, McAlmont & Butler, Skunk Anansie and Sleeper. There were also interviews with Sleeper's Louise Wener, 6 Music presenter Stuart Maconie, Andy Ross of Food Records and Creation's Alan McGee.

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The Official Top 50 best-selling Britpop Songs

  SONG ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 WONDERWALL OASIS 2 1995
2 DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER OASIS 1 1996
3 BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY VERVE 2 1997
4 D'YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN OASIS 1 1997
5 BRIMFUL OF ASHA CORNERSHOP 1 1998
6 THE DRUGS DON'T WORK VERVE 1 1997
7 WHATEVER OASIS 3 1994
8 COUNTRY HOUSE BLUR 1 1995
9 ROLL WITH IT OASIS 2 1995
10 SOME MIGHT SAY OASIS 1 1995
11 TENDER BLUR 2 1999
12 IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN MANIC STREET PREACHERS 1 1998
13 STAND BY ME OASIS 2 1997
14 LIVE FOREVER OASIS 10 1995
15 SONG 2 BLUR 2 1997
16 LUCKY MAN VERVE 7 1997
17 COMMON PEOPLE PULP 2 1996
18 CIGARETTES & ALCOHOL OASIS 7 1994
19 A DESIGN FOR LIFE MANIC STREET PREACHERS 2 1996
20 THE DAY WE CAUGHT THE TRAIN OCEAN COLOUR SCENE 4 1996
21 ALRIGHT SUPERGRASS 2 1995
22 CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA OASIS N/A 1996
23 SUPERSONIC OASIS 31 1994
24 ALL AROUND THE WORLD OASIS 1 1998
25 JUST LOOKING STEREOPHONICS 4 1999
26 SLIGHT RETURN BLUETONES 2 1995
27 MULDER AND SCULLY CATATONIA 3 1998
28 PARKLIFE BLUR 10 1994
29 BEETLEBUM BLUR 1 1997
30 DISCO 2000 PULP 7 1995
31 ROAD RAGE CATATONIA 5 1998
32 SHAKERMAKER OASIS 11 1994
33 WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME TRAVIS 10 1999
34 THE UNIVERSAL BLUR 5 1995
35 THE BARTENDER AND THE THIEF STEREOPHONICS 3 1998
36 GOOD ENOUGH DODGY 4 1996
37 PICK A PART THAT'S NEW STEREOPHONICS 4 1999
38 HUSH KULA SHAKER 2 1997
39 HEY DUDE KULA SHAKER 2 1996
40 GIRLS AND BOYS BLUR 5 1996
41 TROUBLE SHAMPOO 11 1994
42 ONE TO ANOTHER CHARLATANS 3 1996
43 YOU STOLE THE SUN FROM MY HEART MANIC STREET PREACHERS 5 1999
44 SORTED FOR E'S & WIZZ/MIS-SHAPES PULP 2 1995
45 WALKAWAY CAST 9 1996
46 HUNDRED MILE HIGH CITY OCEAN COLOUR SCENE 4 1997
47 LOVE IS THE LAW SEAHORSES 3 1997
48 TRASH SUEDE 3 1996
49 GOVINDA KULA SHAKER 7 1996
50 WAKE UP BOO BOO RADLEYS 9 1995

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