Oasis

Live Forever

Composed by Noel Gallagher

Song Review by

The just-right drum pound at the start sets the stage, but when the intermingled guitar line, piano notes, and vocals from Liam Gallagher cut in, something special is in the air. Voted the all-time favorite Oasis song by the band's fans via its official website, "Live Forever," the band's third single, was arguably the one which showed the band really had something, hot wiring the group's obvious love of the Beatles at its uplifting best into something even more fiery. Noel Gallagher's lyrics were rarely so direct or heartfelt -- "Maybe you're the same as me" may not seem like much on its own, but in a world of self-obsessed songwriting, it's a low-key acknowledgement that dreams belong to everyone, a statement both romantic and person-to-person on all levels. The pace is slower than some Oasis numbers, but just right for it, shimmering guitars and a not-bad solo all over the place, the occasional steps back before the whole band comes in again simple but effective. The slight variation at the end, Noel Gallagher adding in a brief descending glam chord as his brother repeats the title line with an ache in his voice, all before one last searing solo, is the final cherry on the cake.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Live Forever [EP] 1994 Big Brother
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Telstar 4:36
The Greatest Hits of 1994 1994
Various Artists
Import
Now: 1994 1994
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:37
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Alex
No Image 1995 Creation
Mercury Music Prize, Vol. 4 1995
Various Artists
Mercury 4:37
Roll with It [EP] 1995 Big Brother 4:40
Live by the Sea 1995 Big Brother
Supersonic [Bootleg] 1995 Pitch Fork
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Pro
There & Then 1996 Smv
Definitely Maybe Singles Box Set 1996 Sony Music Distribution 4:37
What's the Story So Far?: Unreleased Early Demos and Rare Tracks 1996 D.A.T.
No Image 2000 Hurricane Records 4:38
Familiar to Millions [Video] 2001 Big Brother
Familiar to Millions: Highlights 2001 Big Brother
Q Anthems 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:36
Alternative 90s 2002
Various Artists
WEA
Live Forever: The Best of Britpop 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:38
Definitely Maybe: The DVD 2004 Big Brother
Stop the Clocks 2006 Big Brother 4:36
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Play It Loud [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:36
Lord Don't Slow Me Down [Video] 2007 Big Brother
The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 4:37
Time Flies... 1994-2009 [Video] 2010 Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment
No Image 2011
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:38
Just Great Songs, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 4:37
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