“Everybody hates a tourist,” a wise, skinny man once sang. So let’s leave “Wonderwall” at the karaoke bar and rediscover some quality overlooked choons from the Britpop era, which, in our unscientific opinion, begins with Suede’s self-titled 1993 debut and stretches all the way to 2000, if only to remind you that Gay Dad and Elastica’s The Menace weren’t all that bad. (Really!) We’re also abiding by a fairly liberal definition of Britpop here, because tracks like Spiritualized’s “Lay Back in the Sun” and Shack’s “Natalie’s Party” are as eternally splendorous as anything produced by their NME-mugging peers.
After listening to this playlist, you’ll be left wondering why Oasis’ “Hey Now” wasn’t as big as “Supersonic,” why the Boo Radleys weren’t as big as Oasis, why Pulp’s “Sylvia” isn’t considered Jarvis Cocker’s career-defining performance, and why the only way to experience Echobelly’s “Insomniac” on Spotify is through the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack. You’ll also be reminded of that fleeting moment when Ride went mod-rock, The Stone Roses turned into Led Zeppelin, and Radiohead were just a bunch of alt-rock chancers who named their first album after a Jerky Boys sketch. And if 2018 brings us a Catatonia revival, then our work is done.