All Around the World (Oasis song)

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"All Around the World"
Oasis All Around the World sleeve cover.jpg
Single by Oasis
from the album Be Here Now
Released 12 January 1998
Format CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette
Recorded November 1996 - April 1997
Length 9:20 (Album version)
(Single version)
7:03 (Music video)
Label Creation - CRE 282
Songwriter(s) Noel Gallagher
Producer(s) Owen Morris, Noel Gallagher
Oasis singles chronology
"Stand by Me"
"All Around the World"
"Don't Go Away"
Be Here Now track listing
12 tracks
  1. "D'You Know What I Mean?"
  2. "My Big Mouth"
  3. "Magic Pie"
  4. "Stand by Me"
  5. "I Hope, I Think, I Know"
  6. "The Girl in the Dirty Shirt"
  7. "Fade In-Out"
  8. "Don't Go Away"
  9. "Be Here Now"
  10. "All Around the World"
  11. "It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)"
  12. "All Around the World (Reprise)"

"All Around the World" is a song by the English rock band Oasis, written by the band's lead guitarist and principal songwriter Noel Gallagher. It is the longest song ever recorded by Oasis. Released on 12 January 1998, the track peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and earned a Silver certification. This was the last Oasis single to be released on the Creation Records label. The song also reached number 15 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

"All Around the World"—nearly ten minutes long—is embellished with string and horn pieces, and is followed by the two-minute-long instrumental "All Around the World (Reprise)". Upon its release, the reviews were generally positive. As with many Oasis songs (such as "Whatever", "Acquiesce", "Live Forever") it sends the message that "everything's gonna be okay".


The song was one of the first to be written by Noel, and there are recorded sessions of the band rehearsing it at the Boardwalk club as early as 1992. However, despite Noel's fondness for the song, it did not appear on their first two albums—Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory?—as he wanted to wait until the band could afford to produce the song in the extravagant manner in which it was to eventually appear. From time to time, Gallagher has claimed that this is one of the best songs he has ever written.[citation needed]

As early as Spring 1994, the final production sound for this song was envisaged. On the interview Wibbling Rivalry, Noel Gallagher said of the song, "With Supersonic, I worried I was never going to write another song after that 'cos I thought, 'It sounds that good'... Two days later I superseded it by about 50 fuckin' times. The reason we haven't recorded that song is because there isn't enough money in Creation Records' bank balance to pay for the production of that record. When we do that record..." Noel also added when asked if there would be an orchestra on it, "Orchestras, man? It's not got to be one, it's got to be two".[1]

The final version premièred on 11 August 1997 on BBC Radio 1's The Evening Session hosted by Steve Lamacq, ten days before the release of the album, alongside the album tracks "The Girl in the Dirty Shirt" and "Be Here Now".

Noel described the song shortly before the release of the album: "I wrote this one ages ago, before "Whatever". It was twelve minutes long then. It was a matter of being able to afford to record it. But now we can get away with the 36-piece orchestra. And the longer the better as far as I'm concerned. If it's good. I can see what people are going to say, but fuck 'em, basically."[2]

"The lyrics are teeny-poppy. But there are three key changes towards the end. Imagine how much better Hey Jude would have been with three key changes towards the end. I like the ambition of it, all that time ago. What was all that about when we didn't even have our first single out? Gin and tonics, eh?"[2]

The harmonica pieces on the track were performed by Mark Feltham. Backing vocals were provided by Noel and Liam's then wives, Meg Mathews and Patsy Kensit, along with Richard Ashcroft of The Verve.[citation needed]

When it was suggested[by whom?] that Oasis take legal action against pop band Hear'Say for their first single's ("Pure and Simple") similarity to "All Around the World", Noel simply laughed at the hypocrisy of such an act from a man who was famous for "borrowing" from other artists. Portions of the song's chorus were used as background music for AT&T's advertising campaign for "The New AT&T".[citation needed]


"All Around the World" currently holds the record of longest (in terms of song length) number one of all time in the UK. The photograph on the front of the single was taken on Bournemouth beach in Dorset, England.


A two-minute, ten-second instrumental reprise of the song closes the Be Here Now album. The reprise ends with the sound of a door being slammed, which has been referred to since as "the sound of the end of the Britpop-era Oasis".[citation needed]


Music video[edit]

Keeping with the feel of the song, the music video was also a lavish affair. Featuring the band in a yellow spaceship, the animated piece saw them travel through a world akin to The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film.[citation needed] The video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris[3] and took 24 computer animators and 6 months to make. It was nominated for a Grammy in 1997.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

CD (Promo): Sony Music / SAMPCS 4754

  1. "All Around the World" (Edit) - 4:51

CD: Creation / CRESCD 282

  1. "All Around the World" - 9:38
  2. "The Fame" - 4:35
  3. "Flashbax" - 5:07
  4. "Street Fighting Man" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:54

7": Creation / CRE 282

  1. "All Around the World" (Edit) - 4:51
  2. "The Fame" - 4:35

MC: Creation / CRECS 282

  1. "All Around the World" (Edit) - 4:51
  2. "The Fame" - 4:35

12": Creation / CRE 282T

  1. "All Around the World" - 9:38
  2. "The Fame" - 4:35
  3. "Flashbax" - 5:07

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Be Here Now - Q Magazine". 
  3. ^ "Oasis - "All around the world"". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3469." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Oasis: All Around the World" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  6. ^ " – Oasis – All Around the World". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – All Around the World". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b "I singoli più venduti del 1998". Hit Parade Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 30 June 2018. 
  9. ^ " – Oasis – All Around the World" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  10. ^ " – Oasis – All Around the World". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  11. ^ " – Oasis – All Around the World". VG-lista. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  13. ^ " – Oasis – All Around the World". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Oasis Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  16. ^ "British single certifications – Oasis – All Around the World". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 June 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter All Around the World in the search field and then press Enter.

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