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COVER: “Wonderwall” – Ryan Adams.

March 1, 2009 1 comment

No nineties playlist can be complete without the song “Wonderwall” by Oasis. It stands for a decade of broken hearts and stonewashed jeans, singing that angst as loud as possible. But as a faithful member of Generation Y Not (and a steadfast hater of that name), I believe that anthem could work for us. Take out the poppy undertones, add an acoustic guitar and husky voice that makes you cringe, and you’ve got yourself a deal. And who better to deliver than Ryan Adams, the golden boy of tempermental youth and the epitome of the American rockstar ideal.

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The list of covers that are better than the originals is very slim, but I believe this song makes the cut. Adams’ vocals elevate Oasis’ teen anthem to something less juvenile and more bittersweet. Alas, it is a karaoke classic no more — but it’s evolved into something so much better than that.

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“Wonderwall” – Ryan Adams.

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