Released : 18 December 1994
Format : CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette
Recorded : Rockfield Studios (South Wales), 1994
Genre : Rock, Britpop, baroque pop
Length : 6:21 (original single version), 3:58 (radio edit)
Label : Creation
Producer : Owen Morris, Noel Gallagher, Dave Batchelor
"Whatever" is a single by English rock band Oasis, and initially credited as being written by the band's lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. A subsequent lawsuit awarded a co-writing credit to Neil Innes.
Like many other songs in the band's catalogue, "Whatever" preaches the importance of being yourself and being able to do what you choose. At six minutes and twenty-one seconds, it was the longest single the band had released up to that point (it would soon be surpassed by "Champagne Supernova" and later "D'You Know What I Mean?", and was a more lavish affair than their previous singles, as it was the first of many Oasis singles that included a prominent string section. The song begins with a simple verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure, with the main hook of the song occurring in the verse rather than the chorus. The song suddenly changes key during the bridge, before returning to the main chord progression of the song, which repeats for a two-and-a-half-minute outro in which, one by one, each instrument cuts out until only the strings are playing. Finally, the song ends with an extended, recorded applause track.
The single was released on 18 December 1994 as a stand-alone single, bridging the gap between Oasis' debut album, Definitely Maybe, and their second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. "Whatever" entered the UK Singles Chart at #3, their first single to enter the top 5, something every Oasis single released since has also accomplished, aside from the download-only single "Lord Don't Slow Me Down", "I'm Outta Time" and "Falling Down". Like "Lord Don't Slow Me Down", this is a non-album release, but as it is a single it has been included on the compilation album Time Flies... 1994–2009 which features all 26 of Oasis' officially released singles. The strings were played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra which featured former ELO violinist Wilf Gibson. The strings were arranged by Nick Ingham and Noel Gallagher.
"Whatever" spent a total of 51 weeks on the UK Singles chart, more than any Oasis single to date.
"Whatever" re-entered the UK Singles chart on 20 June 2010 at #64, due to the release of Time Flies, and the first time that "Whatever" has been available to purchase digitally.
Recently the song has been used by Coca-Cola in its new campaign in Latin America celebrating its 125th anniversary.
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