1996

Oasis finally claim their crown....

They may have lost the battle of the bands with Blur in 1995, but this year saw Oasis finally claim their crown. ‘Wonderwall’ became almost a replacement national anthem and soundtracked what seemed like every pub and blossoming relationship in the country.

Never ones to downplay their success, the band celebrated with huge gigs in Manchester’s Maine Road and, of course, Knebworth.

It seemed like they were on top of the world but even Noel Gallagher publicly wondered where they could go next.

Album of the year: ‘Odelay’ by Beck

Single of the year: ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis

Band of the year: Manic Street Preachers

Year Belonged To: The rise and rise of Oasis Meanwhile, labelmates Super Furry Animals were showing the last Britpop stragglers just how dated they were beginning to sound and Kula Shaker, The Bluetones and Ash all enjoyed minor success.

It was the Manic Street Preachers who surprised everyone though. Returning for the first time since Richey disappeared, ‘A Design For Life’ revealed the band’s new, erm, image and became their biggest hit to date. It was only the beginning of endless arguments between their old and new fans…